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.
You could use a URL shortener (such as bit.ly or goo.gl) to create a link to the Dropbox public link and get the stats from the URL shortener service.
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!