Python SDK for Dropbox API v2.
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Dropbox for Python

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.


An example,, can be found in the examples directory, which 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:

$ ./

Upgrading from v1

To ease the transition to the new API and SDK, you can still use the old dropbox.client.DropboxClient class. In fact, v2 and v1 can be used simultaneously. Support for the old client will be dropped once the new SDK is at functional parity.


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.


If you only want to test the API v2 client, use:

$ DROPBOX_TOKEN=... DROPBOX_TEAM_TOKEN=... tox -- -k TestDropbox