WP File Download Addon: Dropbox Integration
1. Create a Dropbox App
The Dropbox integration is distributed as a separate Add-on. You need to install this add-on (plugin) additionally to WP File Download. The addon includes integration for Google Drive and OneDrive too.
First, you need a Dropbox App to connect your website to a Dropbox account. Go to https://www.dropbox.com/developers and create a new app.
Then set up an app type "Dropbox API", "Full Dropbox" and an app name.
Then you're almost done, your app is created and you got your App key and secret.
At OAuth 2 section, paste the Redirect URl from WP File download Dropbox settings on the Redirect URls field, then click Add button. The URl should be like this: "https://joomunited.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wpfdAddon-dropbox&task=dropbox.authenticate"
For more security in the future, you should choose the "Short-lived" option at OAuth 2 section > Access token expiration.
And at the Permissions tab, you should set permissions as the image below.
2. Login to Dropbox in WP File Download
From now, you can save a lot of time while connecting to the Dropbox server. First, to use this feature, you have to link your JoomUnited account at Menu Settings > General, please click on the WordPress settings link if you have not connected.
Then go back to the settings and just click on Connect Dropbox button on the right corner.
Then follow the next steps to finish the connection.
With the credentials in the previous step, please go to WordPress admin and click on the menu WP File Download > Configuration > Cloud Connection tab > Dropbox settings section. Paste your
- App key
- App secret
Then save the configuration and click on the Dropbox connection button.
You'll have to validate the access authorization for app access, just click allow.
The connection should be a success ☺ If the selected access type is Full Dropbox, then you can select a root folder where files will be uploaded.
Then you can create folders, subfolders in Dropbox and in WP File download, everything will be sync!
Update from Dropbox v1 API to v2 API version
Due to a major change in the Dropbox API on 19 February 2022 the Dropbox apps previously created require an update to the API v2 to work again. If your app was created recently before the date mentioned or you used the automatic connector (you didn't create a custom App), there are chances you just need to logout/login to resolve the issue.
If not, you should follow these steps to move your data from the old Dropbox app to a new app.
Option 1: Continue to use your old Dropbox App
Case 1: You used automatic connector
This is the easiest scenario. Just open the plugin Settings > Cloud connection > Dropbox and Disconnect/Reconnect from your Dropbox account to resolve the issue.
Case 2: You used a custom Dropbox App created recently
Please try to add Authorized redirect URIs in Dropbox settings to your Dropbox App and reconnect the Dropbox account in WP File Download. If it works, that’s all what you need to do.
If this procedure is not working, you should move to the option 2 below.
Add the Authorized redirect URIs under the OAuth 2:
And at the Permissions tab, you should set permissions as the image below. Then you should click on Migrate button.
Then reconnect the App from WP File Download settings
Option 2: Connect a new Dropbox app and move files
Step 1. You should create a new Dropbox App and connect your Dropbox account from the WP File Download settings. Please follow these steps detailed in the chapter 1 from this documentation to proceed.
Step 2. Move your Dropbox files and resynchronize
After connecting your new Dropbox App to your WordPress website, you should move all folders and files from the old App root folder in Dropbox. Just drag'n drop all your folders under the new folder used by the new app.
Then wait for the full synchronization, depending on the amount of data it may take a while.
3. How does it work? What can I do with Dropbox?
How does it work?
Dropbox can sync folders/subfolders and files on your WP File download interface and the same is possible on the other way (from WP File download to Dropbox).
What are the sync directions?
It works in both directions! You can add a file from Dropbox and see it in WP File Download or add a file in WP File Download and see it in Dropbox. It also means you can manage WP File Download files from your desktop using Dropbox sync software. That’s crazy! Yes we know ☺