Connecting to Dropbox

Concept Information

ACCESSDATA command

Dropbox is a cloud-based file hosting service. You can use the Dropbox data connector to import your organization's Dropbox data.

Note

The Dropbox data connector is provided by our data access and connectivity partner, CData Software. Detailed information about individual connection fields is available in the CData documentation, linked below.

Before you start

Before you start the connection process, review the Windows DSN Configuration section in the CData documentation, and gather any connection prerequisites such as user name, password, token, or key values.

For help gathering the connection prerequisites, contact the Dropbox administrator in your organization. If your administrator cannot help you, you or your administrator should contact Dropbox Support.

Connection properties

Beyond basic connectivity and authentication, you can configure additional properties of the connection to the data source. For more information, see Connection Properties in the CData documentation.

Create an Dropbox connection

  1. From the Analytics main menu, select Import > Database and application.
  2. From the New Connections tab, in the ACL DSN Connectors (Bundled) section, select Dropbox.

    Tip

    You can filter the list of available connectors by entering a search string in the Filter connections box. Connectors are listed alphabetically.

    The DSN Configuration dialog box appears.

  3. In the DSN Configuration dialog box, click Show Required.
  4. Provide values for the required fields, if any.
  5. Click Test Connection.

    Note

    When you click the Test Connection button, it validates whether the connection and authentication details provided are correct. If you click OK without clicking Test Connection, the connection details are saved without any validation and may not work later if the values provided are incorrect.

    The log-in page for Dropbox appears.

  6. Provide the connection details and authenticate your log-in.

    When the connection is successful, a dialog box opens displaying a success message.

  7. Click OK in the dialog box that appears.

    The connection to Dropbox is established successfully.

  8. In the DSN Configuration dialog box, click OK.

The connection for Dropbox is saved to the Existing Connections tab. In the future, you can reconnect to Dropbox from the saved connection.

Once the connection is established, the Data Access window opens to the Staging Area and you can begin importing data. For help importing data from Dropbox, see Working with the Data Access window.

Rename the connection

When you create the Dropbox data connector, you cannot provide a Connection name of your choice and the connection is saved to the Existing Connections tab with the same name as your data source. If you want to rename it, navigate to the Existing Connections tab, expand the ACL Connectors (DSN) section, click the ellipsis icon corresponding to Dropbox and select Rename connection.