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I often put files in my public Dropbox folder and send the public link to people by email. Is there a way to get some sort of report of how often files were accessed? Or is it possible to know the number of downloads?

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At present (February 2011) this is not possible to do in Dropbox. It is on the wish list though.

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Thank you for the link! I've added some of my votes to it. :) for all who also are intested in this feature: please vote it up on Dropbox. – splattne Feb 22 '11 at 11:44
@Barry - do you know if there has been any change in this (seeing as this was 3 years ago) – sam Mar 17 '14 at 14:40
@sam - nope no changes to Dropbox on this front. They still require that you use a third party tool like or – Chad Brown Apr 17 '14 at 18:35

You could use a URL shortener (such as or to create a link to the Dropbox public link and get the stats from the URL shortener service.

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If your file is a .exe file (and maybe other types), will warn the user that the file 'is potentially dangerous', which may stop your user from downloading the file. I myself distrust sites that make you download a .exe file without giving you the file extension in the link (like a shortened url), so I decided not to use for that, I will have to zip the .exe an re-upload the file. – Marcel Valdez Orozco May 6 '13 at 13:57

we've just released a beta version of our Dropbox plugin for Orangedox which does lets you monitor the number of times your dropbox files have been downloaded.

Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

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Update .. we're now out of beta and also include the ability to track previews vs downloads for files within shared folders – Chad Brown Dec 26 '14 at 22:12
The basic plan doesn't allow custom URLs to be created, which makes it useless for me., on the other hand, does. – Igor Apr 1 at 17:34
Yep that's correct Igor, our basic plan does not but our pro plan does. You can get a 14 day free trial to test it out. – Chad Brown Apr 1 at 19:35

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