Library for communicating with Dropbox API v2.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'dropbox_api'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install dropbox_api


Authorize your application

Dropbox uses OAuth, in order to use this library from your application you'll have to get an authorization code.

Once you have it, just pass it on client initialization:

#=> #<DropboxApi::Client ...>

Or set it as an ENV variable called DROPBOX_OAUTH_BEARER, for example:

#=> #<DropboxApi::Client ...>

Note that setting an ENV variable is only a feasible choice if you're only using one account.

Option A: Get your access token from the website

The easiest way to obtain an access token is to get it from the Dropbox website. You just need to log in to Dropbox and refer to the developers section, go to My apps and select your application, you may need to create one if you haven't done so yet.

Under your application settings, find section OAuth 2. You'll find a button to generate an access token.

Option B: Use DropboxApi::Authenticator

You can obtain an authorization code with this library:

authenticator = DropboxApi::Authenticator.new(CLIENT_ID, CLIENT_SECRET)
authenticator.authorize_url #=> "https://www.dropbox.com/..."

# Now you need to open the authorization URL in your browser,
# authorize the application and copy your code.

auth_bearer = authenticator.get_token(CODE) #=> #<OAuth2::AccessToken ...>`
auth_bearer.token #=> "VofXAX8D..."
# Keep this token, you'll need it to initialize a `DropboxApi::Client` object

Standard OAuth 2 flow

This is what many web applications will use. The process is described in Dropbox's OAuth guide.

If you have a Rails application, you might be interested in this setup guide.

Performing API calls

Once you've initialized a client, for example:

client = DropboxApi::Client.new("VofXAX8D...")
#=> #<DropboxApi::Client ...>

You can perform an API call like this:

result = client.list_folder "/sample_folder"
#=> #<DropboxApi::Results::ListFolderResult>
#=> [#<DropboxApi::Metadata::Folder>, #<DropboxApi::Metadata::File>]
#=> false

The instance of Client we've initialized is the one you'll be using to perform API calls. You can check the class' documentation to find all available endpoints


Network adapter

This gem uses faraday. So it should work on any network library.


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release to create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to rubygems.org.


Any help will be much appreciated. The easiest way to help is to implement one or more of the endpoints that are still pending. To see how the endpoints are implemented, check out the lib/dropbox_api/endpoints folder.

If you want to help but you're unsure how to get started, please get in touch by opening an issue.

Here's the standard way to submit code updates:

  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/Jesus/dropbox_api/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request