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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Manage team sharing in your Dropbox app

Welcome back, professor. This article is a follow-up to “3 ways to add sharing to your Dropbox App”. We’re going to dive deeper into more advanced sharing use cases that are possible with the Dropbox API. Let’s get to it.

As you may remember, you’re a professor for a large university. Besides teaching, you run a multifaceted research lab. It’s a busy job, but with some creative use of the Dropbox API, you’re able to spend most of your time focused on the parts you enjoy. That’s because Dropbox Business accounts allow you to closely manage team sharing.

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3 ways to add sharing to your Dropbox App

Storing personal files in Dropbox is useful, but collaborating with others can make you even more effective. Whether for your business, school, or personal projects, Dropbox sharing can create more engaging work. There are a number of ways to incorporate shared files and folders with Dropbox. Each method can be accessed with the Dropbox API, allowing your app to automatically add the right people to your projects.

In this post, we’ll use the Dropbox API to implement sharing in three ways. The code samples use the Dropbox Python SDK, but you could use any SDK (or make direct API calls).

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