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Back up your snapshots to Dropbox.


This add-on allows you to upload your snapshots to your Dropbox, keeping your snapshots safe and available in case of hardware failure. Uploads are triggered via a service call, making it easy to automate periodic backups or trigger uploads to Dropbox via script as you would with any other Home Assistant service.

This add-on uses the Dropbox-Uploader bash script to upload files to Dropbox. It requires that you generate an access token via the Dropbox Web UI, which must be added to this add-on's configuration via the UI (see below for further details).


  1. Add the add-ons repository to your instance:
  2. Install the Dropbox Sync add-on
  3. Configure the add-on with your Dropbox OAuth Token and desired output directory (see configuration below)


Dropbox Sync uploads all snapshot files (specifically, all .tar files) in the /backup directory to a specified path in your Dropbox. This target path is specified via the output option. Once the add-on is started, it is listening for service calls.

After the add-on is configured and started, trigger an upload by calling the hassio.addon_stdin service with the following service data:


This triggers the script with the provided access token. You can use Home Assistant automations or scripts to run uploads at certain time intervals, under certain conditions, etc.

Dropbox Sync will only upload new snapshots to the specified path, and will skip snapshots already in the target Dropbox path.

The keep last option allows the add-on to clean up the local backup directory, deleting the local copies of the snapshots after they have been uploaded to Dropbox. If keep_last is set to some integer x, only the latest x snapshots will be stored locally; all other (older) snapshots will be deleted from local storage. All snapshots are always uploaded to Dropbox, regardless of this option.

The filetypes option allows the add-on to upload arbitrary filetypes from the /share directory to Dropbox. Set this option to a string of extensions seperated by | to upload matching files to Dropbox. For example, setting this option to "jpg|png" will upload all files in the /share folder ending in .jpg or .png. These files will be uploaded to the directory specified by the output option.

Note: The hash 7be23ff5 that is prepended to the dropbox_sync add-on slug above is required. See below for an explanation.


To access your personal Dropobox, this add-on (and the Dropbox-Uploader script more generally) requires an access token. Follow these steps to create an Access Token:

  1. Go to
  2. Click the "Create App" button
  3. Follow the prompts to set permissions and choose a unique name for your "app" token.

Once you have created the token, copy it into this add-on's configuration under the oauth_access_token label.

Parameter Required Description
oauth_access_token Yes The "app" access token you generated above via the Dropbox UI.
output Yes The target directory in your Dropbox to which you want to upload. If left empty, defaults to /, which represents the top level of directory of your Dropbox.
keep_last No If set, the number of snapshots to keep locally. If there are more than this number of snapshots stored locally, the older snapshots will be deleted from local storage after being uploaded to Dropbox. If not set, no snapshots are deleted from local storage.
filetypes No File extensions of files to upload from /share directory, seperated by | (ex: `"jpg

Example Configuration:

  "oauth_access_token": "<YOUR_TOKEN>",
  "output": "/hasssio-backups/"

Suggestions and Issues

If you have suggestions or use-cases not covered by this add-on, please leave a comment on the forum topic. Otherwise, you may file an issue here. The flexibility of the service call and JSON service data means that this add-on could be expanded to include new features or options relatively easily.

Repository slugs in Hassio add-on service calls such as start, stop, and stdin require an add-on identifier in the form {REPO_HASH}_{ADDON_SLUG}. The repository identifier is generated by hashing the full URL of an installed repository. For example, the slug necessary to use this add-on at all is generated in via the following code:

import hashlib

key = ""
my_repo_id = hashlib.sha1(key.lower().encode()).hexdigest()[:8]

I'd like to at least improve the documentation surrounding this on; ideally, I think the hash for each installed repository should be displayed in the service description for services that rely on it. This would make it easy for users to compose service calls from within Home Assisant.