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Dropex integrates your Dropbox into any ExpressionEngine site. You can list files from any folder and download them directly. **NEW 2017/09**: Updated for Dropbox API v2! For discounted multi-site licenses see https://gum.co/dropex

A Dropbox ExpressionEngine plugin which is based on DropPHP by Fabian Schlieper. Dropex is available on Devot-EE.

You can list files from your Dropbox:

Clicking on a file directly downloads the file or directs you to the Dropbox file preview:

Together with an additional add-on you can put a simple Dropbox file browser on your ExpressionEngine site:


  • Download this plugin and put its files in system/expressionengine/third_party/dropex and themes/third_party/dropex
  • Create a new Dropbox application
    • Choose Dropbox API (Business API is not tested)
    • Choose between App folder or Full dropbox access
    • After app creation note App key and App secret
    • Fill in the redirect URL: should be e.g. https://example.com/index.php or http://localhost/index.php for local development. Click the Add-button.
  • Rename the file system/expressionengine/third_party/dropex/DropboxCredentials.php.sample to system/expressionengine/third_party/dropex/DropboxCredentials.php
  • Make sure the system/expressionengine/third_party/dropex/tokens-folder is writable
  • Fill in your Dropbox application credentials in the file DropboxCredentials.php

    • If your Dropbox application has full access to your Dropbox change the second line DropboxCredentials.php to

        $dropbox_full_access = true;


When you first access a page which uses this plugin you will be redirected to Dropbox to authorize this application. This will create the token-files in the tokens/-folder.

Dropex Files Tag


This document describes the {exp:dropex:files} tag pair.




Default to /. This is the root folder you want to display. If your app has full Dropbox access this is relative to your Dropbox root folder, otherwise it is relative to your Dropbox app folder (e.g. apps/your_app_name).



Defaults to /. This folder is appended to the base_folder. Files from this appended folder are listed.



Defaults to no. List files and folders recursively. All items (folders and files) are displayed in alphabetical order. Be aware that this can really slow down the sites response time when you have many files!



Defaults to name. When order_by=“type” folders are listed before files. This is only available when recursive=“no”.



Defaults to no. If preview=“no” then the listed files can be directly downloaded. Otherwise you get directed to the Dropbox preview page of that file (if available for that file type).

Single variables

Provides the URL to the parent folder. See the simple file browser example.

{if back_link}<a href="{back_link}">Back</a>{/if}

Variable pairs


The {files} tag pair iterates over a list of files and folders. Its variables are:


The name of the file (without path).


The name of the file with path.

This is either the preview or the direct download link. See the preview-parameter.


Is “yes” when current item is a folder. Is “no” otherwise.


The size of the file in bytes. Is only defined on files.


The size of the file in kilobytes. Is only defined on files.


The timestamp of the last file modification. Is only defined on files.


Inserts an image depending on the file type (24x24 px). Note that there are not images for all file types available.


Inserts a small image depending on the file type (16x16 px).


This example simple lists all files folders from the given base_folder:

{exp:dropex:files base_folder="some/folder"}
        <li>{image_small} <a href="{link}">{name}</a> {if size}({size}){/if} {if time}{time}{/if}</li>

Simple file browser example

The following example shows a simple file browser implementation. This example does not work on default templates in a template group (the url has to be like www.site.com/index.php/template_group/template_name) and you also need the Mo’ Variables add-on installed. In the add-on please enable the Segments Starting From X-variables.

{exp:dropex:files base_folder="some/folder" folder="{segments_from_3}" order_by="type"}
    {if back_link}<a href="{back_link}">Back</a>{/if}
        <li>{image_small} <a href="{link}">{name}</a> {if size}({size}){/if} {if time}{time}{/if}</li>

The folder=“segments_from_X” parameter depends on your URL structure where X is the URL segment number of your current template (see the EE-docs for an explanation) plus 1. So if your template url looks like http://www.mysite.com/index.php/template-group-name/template-name then the current segment is the second. 2 plus 1 = 3 so you have to use segments_from_3.

Performance tips

For a much improved site response time use the ExpressionEngine tag caching. The following example will cache the Dropbox file list for 30 minutes:

{exp:dropex:files base_folder="some/folder" cache="yes" refresh="30"}

Tested configuration

  • PHP 7.1.8
  • MySQL 14.14
  • ExpressionEngine 2.11.9
    • Mo’ Variables 1.3.2

This entry was created February 11, 2013, 9:20 am.
This entry was last updated September 21, 2017, 3:34 pm.

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