How to use DropBox to store your files and allow users to download them from your website

Dropbox is the premier file backup, sync and sharing solution. Dropbox gives you 2GB free cloud storage to store your files. Now you can use the dropbox storage to store downloadable items from your wbsite instead of your own server, which will save your server space and bandwidth. Here are the simple steps your need to follow:

  1. Download  and Install WordPress Download Manager if you already don’t have it installed
  2. Download and Install Dropbox Explorer Plugin.
  3. Create Dropbox Account / Signin to Dropbox
  4. Create a Dropbox app from here
    1. Now you should see a page like this:
      Create-app-Dropbox
    2. Select options as shown in the screenshot
    3. Enter your app name in the next box above “Create app” button
    4. Click on “Create app” button
    5. Now you should see following page:
      WPDM_Test_App_-_Dropbox
    6. Add your domain name in “Chooser/Saver domains” option and click “Add” button
    7. Copy App Key
  5. Go to Download Manager Settings Page >> Cloud Storage Tab
  6. Paste the api key in Dropbox API Credentials >> Api Key Field and Save Settings.
  7. Now you can use the dropbox button in add/edit package window to explore files in drop and attach with your package:
    wpdm-dropbox-option

Comments [ 20 ]

  • salgonzalez

    Hello, I am trying to install the Dropbox plugin however I am having an issue with steps 5. I have the add on installed but I do not have a cloud storage tab.

    • Shaon

      For cloud storage tab you need to latest version of wpdm pro or free and dropbox add-on installed and active

  • JulianA

    I am stuck on step 4. I do not see the page “Create a new app on the DropBox Platform” Where is that located?

      • JulianA

        Thank you that worked. One last thing do you have any user guides or tips on how to set up the download manager? Will all my files show up on one main page? How do I make it password protected? And what do you feel is the best way to create/ change the image for the files? I am using this right now as an password protected area where participants can download the information they need for the program they will be in. I have 10 files with more added weekly. I would like for the presentation of this to be top notch so seeking advise.

  • JulianA

    I left this as a reply to your answer yesterday but haven’t heard anything back. So I am leaving it as another comment.

    Thank you, your advise worked. One last thing do you have any user guides or tips on how to set up the download manager? Will all my files show up on one main page? How do I make it password protected? And what do you feel is the best way to create/ change the image for the files? I am using this right now as an password protected area where participants can download the information they need for the program they will be in. I have 10 files with more added weekly. I would like for the presentation of this to be top notch so seeking advise.

    Jan 7, 2016 at 3:43 pm Reply

  • Rimulator

    Is there a way to share a folder within Dropbox, rather than share files one at a time?

    • Shaon

      Dropbox chooser doesn’t have the option to select folder, but you can copy the folder link manually from dropbox account and attach with wpdm package as URL

  • Steve

    Hi There,

    I’m testing the plugin with the intention of going with the pro version.

    I get to step 6. Paste the api key in Dropbox API Credentials >> Api Key Field and Save Settings. But it wont save.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    • Shahjada

      This could be an issue related to your server. If you are using SiteGround, you have to add the following to your site’s .htaccess file to get it to work:

      <IfModule mod_security.c>
      SecFilterRemove 001868
      </IfModule>
      
  • Dave Hooper

    I want to make sure I understand how this plugin is intended to work. I’m seeing that the user is redirected to Dropbox to then select the file and choose Download. I was hoping it would simply provide a link to the .zip file I’m linking and download it without any redirect. Is this possible?

    • Shafayet

      Hi,
      Please update the Dropbox add-on. Now it should direct download instead of redirecting to Dropbox.

  • polkadotchair

    I updated to the new version and I don’t have the select from dropbox option any more.

  • polkadotchair

    Getting the FILE-NOT-FOUND.txt error with all downloads added from dropbox now since update. Please check/

  • Tom Muho

    Hi,

    I have everything updated to the latest version but clicking on the download link still redirects to Dropbox instead of just downloading the .zip file. How can I fix this?

    • Shahjada

      Hi,
      You may need to reattach the file. Also, to use dropbox add-on with its full potential, your server’s php version needs to be 7.1+.

      • Tom Muho

        Thanks, but it doesn’t change anything how many times I reattach the file. It keeps redirecting to Dropbox.

        Are you sure that this problem can be caused by the version of PHP I’m using and why would that matter?

        • Shahjada

          The new Dropbox SDK requires the php version, otherwise, it uses the legacy option “file picker”.

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