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?


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

  • 1
    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

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

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!

  • 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

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.