Dropbox authentication strategy for Passport and Node.js.
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NOTICE: Dropbox supports both OAuth 1.0 and OAuth 2.0. This strategy implements support for OAuth 1.0. If you are building a new application, OAuth 2.0 is preferred. In that case, passport-dropbox-oauth2 can be used as a strategy.


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Passport strategy for authenticating with Dropbox using the OAuth 1.0 API.

This module lets you authenticate using Dropbox in your Node.js applications. By plugging into Passport, Dropbox authentication can be easily and unobtrusively integrated into any application or framework that supports Connect-style middleware, including Express.


$ npm install passport-dropbox


Create an Application

Before using passport-dropbox, you must register an application with Dropbox. If you have not already done so, a new application can be created at Dropbox Developers. Your application will be issued a key and secret, which need to be provided to the strategy.

Configure Strategy

The Dropbox authentication strategy authenticates users using a Dropbox account and OAuth tokens. The consumer key and consumer secret obtained when creating an application are supplied as options when creating the strategy. The strategy also requires a verify callback, which receives the access token and corresponding secret as arguments, as well as profile which contains the authenticated user's Dropbox profile. The verify callback must call cb providing a user to complete authentication.

passport.use(new DropboxStrategy({
    consumerKey: DROPBOX_APP_KEY,
    consumerSecret: DROPBOX_APP_SECRET,
    callbackURL: ""
  function(token, tokenSecret, profile, cb) {
    User.findOrCreate({ dropboxId: profile.id }, function (err, user) {
      return cb(err, user);

Authenticate Requests

Use passport.authenticate(), specifying the 'dropbox' strategy, to authenticate requests.

For example, as route middleware in an Express application:


  passport.authenticate('dropbox', { failureRedirect: '/login' }),
  function(req, res) {
    // Successful authentication, redirect home.


Developers using the popular Express web framework can refer to an example as a starting point for their own web applications. The example shows how to authenticate users using Twitter. However, because both Twitter and Dropbox use OAuth 1.0, the code is similar. Simply replace references to Twitter with corresponding references to Dropbox.



The test suite is located in the test/ directory. All new features are expected to have corresponding test cases. Ensure that the complete test suite passes by executing:

$ make test


All new feature development is expected to have test coverage. Patches that increse test coverage are happily accepted. Coverage reports can be viewed by executing:

$ make test-cov
$ make view-cov



This software is provided to you as open source, free of charge. The time and effort to develop and maintain this project is dedicated by @jaredhanson. If you (or your employer) benefit from this project, please consider a financial contribution. Your contribution helps continue the efforts that produce this and other open source software.

Funds are accepted via PayPal, Venmo, and other methods. Any amount is appreciated.


The MIT License

Copyright (c) 2011-2016 Jared Hanson <http://jaredhanson.net/>