Dropbox Access

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Legacy App Types

Once you click that button, you'll see an OAuth 2 access token that you can use to make calls to the Dropbox API. For example, here's a curl command to fetch the account info for your account: curl https: // api.dropbox.com /1/ account/info -H 'Authorization:Bearer '. Here’s similar code in Ruby. With Dropbox Basic, it’s easy to get to your files from multiple devices—computers, phones, and tablets—for free: Windows and Mac: Install our desktop app, and everything in your account will appear in the Dropbox folder on your. Web: Sign in to dropbox.com to access everything you’ve stored on.

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Dropbox Access

Prior to the introduction of scopes, Dropbox API apps would select only their level of content access (described below). Business API apps would select from one of four permission types to determine the API calls they have access to:

  • Team information – Information about the team and aggregate usage data
  • Team auditing – Team information, plus the team's detailed activity log
  • Team member file access – Team information and auditing, plus the ability to perform any action as any team member
  • Team member management – Team information, plus the ability to add, edit, and delete team members

For compatibility, these deprecated app types remain selectable - but over the coming months we will begin to transition these apps to equivalent scopes. If you have an existing app on these types, don’t worry - this transition does not require code change.


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Content Access

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As you create your Dropbox application, you will also be prompted to select the scope of file access. Currently, these two options are:

  • App Folder: Your application will be able to take actions allowed by its scopes on data within its app folder only (in the /apps folder). This option is suitable for apps that export content or manage only their content.
  • Full Dropbox: Your application will be able to take actions allowed by its scopes on all data within the user’s Dropbox account. This permission is appropriate when your application needs to regularly access pre-existing content in the user’s account.

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Minimal Access

Dropbox Access Files

Always ask for the least amount permissions required by your applications. Requesting more scope and content access than required may result in end users not accepting your OAuth request and could impact your app review process.

When using API scopes, you may also ask for minimal permissions at authorization time - then re-authorize at later time if and when your application requires more permissions from the user.