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Transfer Uploaded Files to Dropbox

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Transfer Uploaded Files to Dropbox


Install Django Dropbox Upload Handler:

pip install django-dropbox-upload-handler

Add it to your INSTALLED_APPS:


Add DropboxFileUploadHandler to the default Upload Handlers:


To Enable DropboxFileUploadHandler within a single view:

from django import forms

class UploadFileForm(forms.Form):
  title = forms.CharField(max_length=50)
  file = forms.FileField()

from django.http import HttpResponseRedirect
from django.shortcuts import render
from .forms import UploadFileForm

# Imaginary function to handle the uploaded file dropbox file.
from somewhere import handle_uploaded_file

def upload_file(request):
    if request.method == 'POST':
        self.request.upload_handlers.insert(0, DropboxFileUploadHandler(request))
        form = UploadFileForm(request.POST, request.FILES)
        if form.is_valid():
            return HttpResponseRedirect('/success/url/')
        form = UploadFileForm()
    return render(request, 'upload.html', {'form': form})

Add Django Dropbox Upload Handler’s URL patterns:

from django_dropbox_upload_handler import urls as django_dropbox_upload_handler_urls

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^', include(django_dropbox_upload_handler_urls)),

Checking upload progress for API:

When submitting the file include the parameter progres_id in the URL. ex:

function getUUID() {
  let uuid = ""
  for (let i=0; i < 32; i++) {
    uuid += Math.floor(Math.random() * 16).toString(16);
  return uuid

function upload(file) {
  let data = new FormData()
  data.append('file', file)
  fetch('/path/to/upload?progress_id=' + getUUID(), {
    method: "post",
    body: data
  .then(response => {
  checkProgress(0, progressId, file.size)

function checkProgress(progressId, size) {
  fetch('/upload_progress?progress_id=' = progiressId)
  .then(response => {
    if (r.status === 201)
      return {done: 'true'}
    return response.json()
  .then(data => {
    if (data.done) {
      //..upload is completed
    } else {
      //.. still uploading - progress can be checked using:
      progress = Math.round(parseInt(data.uploaded) / parseInt(data.length) * 100)
      setTimeout(() => { checkProgress( progressId, size) }, 500)


  • Transfers files uploaded through Django to Dropbox
  • Includes a upload_progress view for ajax calls

Running Tests

Does the code actually work?

source <YOURVIRTUALENV>/bin/activate
(myenv) $ pip install tox
(myenv) $ tox


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0.1.0 (2017-09-03)

  • First release on PyPI.

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