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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 orangedox.com/dropbox or bit.ly – Chad Brown Apr 17 '14 at 18:35
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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.

  • If your file is a .exe file (and maybe other types), bit.ly 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 bit.ly for that, I will have to zip the .exe an re-upload the file. – Marcel Valdez Orozco May 6 '13 at 13:57
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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.

http://orangedox.com/dropbox

Feedback would be greatly appreciated!

  • 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. Bit.ly, on the other hand, does. – Igor Apr 1 '15 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 '15 at 19:35

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