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Official Dropbox API Client

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A Python SDK for integrating with the Dropbox API v2. Compatible with Python 2.7 and 3.4+. Documentation is available on Read the Docs.


Install via pip:

$ pip install dropbox

Install from source:

$ git clone git://
$ cd dropbox-sdk-python
$ python install

After installation, to get started, open a Python console:

>>> import dropbox
>>> dbx = dropbox.Dropbox("YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN")
>>> dbx.users_get_current_account()

Creating an Application

You need to create an Dropbox Application to make API requests.

Obtaining an Access Token

All requests need to be made with an OAuth 2 access token. To get started, once you’ve created an app, you can go to the app’s console and generate an access token for your own Dropbox account.


example/ demonstrates how to sync a local directory with a Dropbox.


Documentation can be compiled by running make html from the docs folder. After compilation, open docs/_build/html/index.html. Alternatively, you can read a hosted version from Read the Docs.

Updating API specification

A good amount of this SDK is generated using Stone. We use git submodules to pin to a specific version of Stone since it’s under active development, and we also pin to a version of our API spec.

To prepare the repo for generation, run these commands after cloning:

$ git submodule init
$ git submodule update

You can run git pull within these sub repositories to update the pinned version.

Now, run the included script:

$ ./


We use the tox package to run tests in Python 2 and 3. To install, use pip install tox. Once installed, run tox from the root directory. You’ll need to specify a working Dropbox OAuth2 token:

$ DROPBOX_TOKEN=YOUR_TOKEN tox -- -k "'not test_team'"

Note that we skip test_team which requires a team token with Member File Access. To test this functionality, specify a DROPBOX_TEAM_TOKEN environment variable.


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