Implementing restricted access with nested permissions and folders

Dropbox (and the Dropbox API) has recently expanded the flexibility of our permissions model by adding the ability for Dropbox Business users to create folders that have a more restricted audience than their parent folders. This is perfect for cases where you want a sub-folder to have a smaller audience* than its parent folder.

*Note: this article is focused on restricted access use cases, but it is possible to create sub-folders that have more shares than a parent folder.

In this article, we’ll cover details of what it means to restrict folder permissions,

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Grow your business as a Dropbox Technology Partner

 

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Dropbox Technology Partner Program. We expanded our program to include three partner tiers and added a variety of new benefits. Better yet – it’s free to join. 

We created the Dropbox Technology Partner Program to team-up with innovative companies to help our 500 million users and 400,000 teams work more seamlessly across best-of-breed tools and solutions. By building and partnering with Dropbox, you can deepen your product offering, expand your customer reach, and create more value for your users.

Program benefits

As a Dropbox Technology Partner,

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Introducing Developer Build Program, first stop – Austin

If you’re from a startup, then you know that interacting with your customers’ files takes a lot of effort. Why not tap into that functionality from a brand trusted by over 500 million users? Spend your time creating value for your users instead of building a filesystem by integrating with Dropbox. With the Dropbox APIs, you can access, work with, and share Dropbox content with your users right within your product, and we’ll teach you how. 

The Dropbox Developer Build Program was created by developers for developers to help you build and launch your Dropbox integrations faster. 

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Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with the Dropbox API

Dropbox announced an integration with Google Cloud to enable users to create, open, and edit Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files in Dropbox. 

Soon, using the Dropbox API, developers can integrate with G Suite content. New endpoints and extensions to existing endpoints will help Dropbox developers work with these files to serve shared users. This post outlines the changes and updates you should be aware of when handling Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with the Dropbox API.

Non-Downloadable Files

G Suite files will be returned by files/list_folder,

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New file upload link API

The get_temporary_upload_link API endpoint is now officially out of preview and available for production use. Developers can use this API call to get pre-signed upload URLs. 

Use Case

One of the most common actions a Dropbox integration will perform is to add new content.  

The upload endpoint is used to push binary content to Dropbox. This is perfect for apps where the file is local to the machine connecting to Dropbox. However, for some types of client-server applications that integrate with Dropbox, this may be not optimal. For example, you may have a server-based application which manages all state and interaction with Dropbox and a mobile client that connects your server.  

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New Dropbox API Getting Started Guide

The Dropbox API allow you to manage and control content programmatically and extend Dropbox capabilities in new and creative ways. If you’ve ever wanted to explore the DBX Platform but didn’t know where to begin, we’ve just published a guide that will take you through the basic steps required to get up and running using the Dropbox API. 

Through this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll learn all about building on the DBX Platform while creating a simple file organization app to help sort files within your Dropbox account.

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