Dropbox Metadata

The Qlik Dropbox Metadata connector uses the Dropbox API to access your Dropbox metadata, like the names of files and subfolders in your Dropbox account.

Note: The Dropbox Metadata connector is only available on Qlik Cloud Services and Qlik Sense Cloud with a Cloud Business subscription.

Ways to access your data

Only data from personal files and folders can currently be accessed using the connector. To access your Dropbox metadata, you need to authenticate the connector with your Dropbox account credentials. After you create a connection and select Dropbox Metadata as your data source, you are redirected to a Dropbox login page. Log in with your credentials to retrieve an authentication token, and enter it into the connector.

Creating a connection and selecting data

Loading data from tables

After you authenticate the connector with your account credentials, use the tables to fetch your data. Below are use cases for some of the available tables:

Table Description
List Use this to list the files and subfolders of a folder located in your Dropbox account.
Metadata Use this to list the metadata for a file or folder. This cannot be used on the root folder.
Search Use this to search your Dropbox account for files and folders. Searching file content only works on Dropbox Business accounts.

To select and load data from a table, enter the required table parameters and click Preview data. Required parameters are marked with an asterisk (*). The table fields are displayed under the Data preview tab. You can select fields individually by selecting the box beside each field name. Select Insert script after you have made your selection.

Creating a connection and selecting data

Working with the Dropbox API v2 quota limits

The Qlik Web Connectors use the Dropbox API v2 to extract data from Dropbox and load it into your Qlik Sense app. While reloading your Dropbox-based app, you might receive an error message that the connector has reached the Dropbox API v2 rate limit and that all subsequent API calls will fail until the connector falls back under the throttling limit. If you receive this error message, then you have exceeded one of the API rate limits.

Reference - Dropbox API v2 documentation

You can refer to the Dropbox API v2 documentation to learn more about the requirements and restrictions imposed by the Dropbox API v2.


You receive an error message that you have reached the API rate limit

Possible cause

You have exceeded the API limits that are imposed by the Dropbox API v2.

Proposed action

To reduce the impact of reaching API rate limits, develop your app with the following in mind:

  • Extract only the data you need.
  • Reload one Dropbox-based application at a time.
  • Ensure that loops in your script that make API calls do not result in infinite loops.

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