Dropbox File Path via Shell Or Similar?

Stephen MacLean smaclean at madmansoft.com
Wed May 14 21:41:47 EDT 2014

Hi Scott,

If you just want to access the files, that are local to you:


It's just like any other folder on your mac.

You can get that by doing Command - i or get Info



On May 14, 2014, at 4:33 PM, Scott Rossi <scott at tactilemedia.com> wrote:

> On 5/14/14 12:55 PM, "J. Landman Gay" <jacque at hyperactivesw.com> wrote:
>> On 5/14/14, 1:59 PM, Scott Rossi wrote:
>>> Right, I'm not looking to upload/download, I'm trying to get a
>>> Dropbox-formatted file path.
>> I had to deal with that in AirLaunch and I don't think it's possible
>> without asking the user at least once. After you do that you can
>> generate links using the same format, as long as the files are in the
>> same folder as the one the user supplied.
>> Dropbox generates a different cryptic string for each folder. The
>> general format is:
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/<long random string>/filename.txt
>> As long as a file is in the same folder, you can use that URL and just
>> replace the filename at the end with a different one. But since each
>> folder has its own random string, you can't know what the URL will be
>> for any other location.
>> The Dropbox app probably knows, but it isn't telling.
> Actually, I'm trying to work out a solution for myself, not for other
> users, and this is for local files with Dropbox installed, not using the
> web service.  Pretty sure the cryptic string is based on the filename as
> it's different for every file in the same folder, and replacing a file
> with one of the same name generates the same shared link.
> A right-click on the file is able to retrieve this link, so I'm hoping
> there's some way to do this through the system.  Because there's a bit of
> delay before the link is revealed, I'm guessing there's a web/server query
> going on behind the scenes.  The dropbox.py script is supposedly able to
> grab the link, but again, only on Linux it seems.
> Maybe the Dropbox gurus out there (Guglielmo?  Andre?) can chime in and
> say if this is hopeless.
> Thanks for the responses.
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, UX/UI Design
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