Dropbox around the world!

Posted by Jon Ying on February 16, 2010

Hi everyone!

Hope February is treating all of you well. We’ve recently hit a huge milestone and now have over 4 million Dropbox users. The coolest part is that this crowd of millions is pretty diverse and encompasses a huge range of nationalities. We like to think that this is because we’ve created something that extends beyond language barriers– It can be used by pretty much anyone.

I’d like to share some stats with you all. These were thrown together by our analytics pro, Albert, and it gives a pretty cool breakdown of our user population.

Users by nationality:

32.7% USA
6.7% UK
6.5% Germany
4.7% Japan
4.0% Canada
3.5% Spain
3.2% Netherlands
2.8% China
2.7% France
2.5% Italy

Users by platform:

66.1% Windows only
20.9% Mac only
2.0% Linux only
7.4% Windows and Mac
2.6% Windows and Linux
0.3% Mac and Linux
0.7% All three

Just a friendly reminder: We’re not spying into your account. This data is based off your IP address.

As an added bonus, here’s a video (by Rajiv) of 25 seconds of Dropbox client traffic. This video is generated from live data streaming off our servers. Each dot corresponds to activity from a client, with higher towers representing more users from a particular place.  Pretty cool, huh?

81 Comments to Dropbox around the world!

Nick Jones
February 16, 2010

You mean “United Kingdom”, and not just “England”.. right?

February 16, 2010

Congrats on the milestone!!! I'm an all three (Mac, Windows, Linux) user at times.

Leo Kuba
February 16, 2010

Congratulations Guys!

Dropbox is an awesome product. The best of its breed.
As an early user, I'm always waiting for new features to be released.


Leo Kuba
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Albert E.
February 16, 2010

It's is so great to be a part of this cool group! Keep it up DB team!

Phil Pursglove
February 16, 2010

And by England we presume you mean the whole of the UK…

February 16, 2010

Dropbox is an awesome product. Love it!

February 16, 2010


… now that you've got so many international users, how about some foreign language editions…?? I am sure many users would be delighted to help with translation…..

February 16, 2010

Australia didnt make the list :(

Im a Mac/Windows/iPhone user

February 16, 2010

Great service – keep it up!

February 16, 2010

Congratulations, you deserve it!

Petros Amiridis
February 16, 2010

You guys rock!! Dropbox just works and works well.

February 16, 2010

LOL, the “We're not spying into your account” link gives a 404 error. Very reassuring!

February 16, 2010

Congrats guys! Dropbox rox sox!

February 16, 2010

Congratulations. I love Dropbox and just this morning it saved me by allowing me to restore a corrupt TrueCrypt file – thank you guys!! I'm a Mac/Windows/iPhone user :-)

February 16, 2010

With almost 20% of your users in Europe, when do we see speeds improvements in Europe?

February 16, 2010

Congrats guys! It's no surprise, the product is just too good.

I have a client who has Dropbox installed at all their offices, including one in Iran. All the reports, excel databases, etc etc are sync'd back to the home account. I haven't heard a complain yet.


February 16, 2010

nice video, but i'm guessing GEO IP data you are using is some what wrong.
At least for Portugal its using the location of main backbones and not user location.

How are you counting the multi boot?
is it the type of machines, or the the number of machines in an account?

February 17, 2010

Linux users might be the minority but we're the most influential and awesome..don't let these numbers fool you into thinking Linux doesn't matter :)

February 17, 2010

Congratulations guys! Keep up the good work! :)

February 17, 2010

The disproportionate amount of Americans and Mac users shows that your main focus was on one very specific audience. E.g. keeping a worldwide audience in mind, the expensive iphone is almost negligible compared to other, mostly wm based mobile devices, yet you chose to support it exclusively. Also, no translations planned.

Is Dropbox going to become more open in the future and expand, or are you just going to narrow your focus even more in an attempt to get paying subcribers?

February 17, 2010

Nice to see Hawaii on the map. We use lots of Cloud tech out here in the middle of the ocean.

February 17, 2010

cool, thanks for the chart and video.. Great Job Dropbox!

February 17, 2010

Congrats! Time to update your user line chart. Exponential growth is neat: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/170901

Joel Jackson
February 17, 2010

That's sick. Dropbox is pretty much my favourite new product of the last year, has saved my life many times, eliminated my use of stupid flash drives and is now saving many of my friends and family's lives! Keep it up. :-)

Nuno Silva
February 17, 2010

There are also portuguese users,,,i saw brasilian one also in the world video :P

Keep up the good work, Congratulations! :)

Szabó Péter
February 17, 2010

We use it in Hungary as well! Keep it up!

February 17, 2010

Surprised to see India is not in the list despite having such a large population and interest in free stuff.

Alex (MelaPolis.com)
February 17, 2010

DropBox concept is brilliant, I'm using it since several months to sync a couple of PCs plus an iPhone. Works like a charm!

Timothy Kephart
February 17, 2010

Will you guys be at SXSW?

February 17, 2010


Multilingual UI !! thanks …

February 17, 2010

4.6% of 4M = 184,000,000 Linux users… nice.

February 17, 2010

4.6% of 4M = 184,000 Linux users… nice.

February 18, 2010

Are iPhone users tracked? Or are we shoved in with those weird Mac users? :-p
I use my dropbox as a connector between one of my Live Mesh folders and my iPhone (dropbox iPhone app).
Whatever I update on one of my mesh computers is synced to my server's mesh folder which is then synced to dropbox which I can then access on my phone.
Works VERY well! ;-]

February 18, 2010

For people interested, here are some more numbers:

Internet OS usage:
Windows: 11.3+15.4+1.4+59.4+0.6 = 88.1%
Linux: 4.6%
Mac: 6.8%

Total internet users: 1733993741
Windows: 1733993741/100*88.1 = 1527648490
Linux: 1733993741/100*4.6 = 79763712.1
Mac: 1733993741/100*6.8 = 117911574

Dropbox OS usage:
Windows: 66.1+7.4+2.6+0.7 = 76.8%
Linux: 2.0+2.6+0.3+0.7 = 5.6%
Mac: 20.9+7.4+0.3+0.7 = 29.3%

Total dropbox users: 4000000
Dropbox users per OS:
Windows: 4000000/100*76.8 = 3072000
Linux: 4000000/100*5.6 = 224000
Mac: 4000000/100*29.3 = 1172000

Percentage of Dropbox users of all internet users:
4000000*100/1733993741 = 0.23068134%

Percentage of Dropbox users per OS:
Windows: 3072000*100/1527648490 = 0.201093381%
Linux: 224000*100/79763712.1 = 0.280829458%
Mac: 1172000*100/117911574 = 0.99396519%

These are the facts, scientifically proven ofc.
If we can presume that all dropbox users are cool and all cool people use dropbox, which is known by all, we can conclude that on average Mac users are the coolest.
(I'm no Mac user :'()

February 20, 2010

I'm using Dropbox on Mac and Linux but not on Windows as I don't use it often enough to warrant it.

February 22, 2010

Where is Poland? I'm asking “Where is POLAND?!” :)

February 22, 2010

A lot of Mac users! I'm one of them, I have three Mac systems.

February 23, 2010

Yeah go Netherlands 7th place for smallest country on the list!
And for the translation idea I can always translate English to Dutch if needed

February 24, 2010

dropbox is a Great application. i'm a Dropbox China user ,today My site's images can not be displayed I can not access files. I know that is a damn ghost GFW engage in .
I do not want to change the pictures server please help me!

February 27, 2010

Isn't there a USA vs EU chart. Because is get the feeling that there are more EU users in total?

February 27, 2010

Not Open Source, and it wants to reboot LINUX? WTF man? Why do you need to mod my kernel? 2GB limit unless you pay? Why are you afraid to put that information out right up front? Now I have to dig your piece of shit software out of my computer. Thanks.

March 10, 2010

Love my Dropbox. Waiting with bated breath for the Android client. I use Dropbox across 3 different computers and its nice to have them all there knowing that any of the other 2 machines will always be up to date. I don't feel locked down to any one computer, no matter if its my Mac laptop, my gaming laptop or my netbook. Its all there! Thanks so much guys and gals!

Juliano Rossi
March 17, 2010

Is there any news about an iPad version of dropbox in the appstore?
given the fact that iPad doesn't has its own file system app, i believe that is an incredible opportunity for you guys, to take the front and be the firsts to offer a free(or not) service with a full feature app for iPad that could cover this missing feature inside the iPhone OS.
could increases dropbox's market share a lot.

March 18, 2010

I am using India, referred a lot of friends .
Its slowly becoming popular.
Would like to see more free storage and versioning , diff capability to attract more.

April 7, 2010

What a joke this is. $100 bucks for a 100gigs… You can buy a terabyte for less than that.

June 22, 2010

Nice work. I'm just curious which software do you use to create that video?

Rajiv Eranki
July 19, 2010

hi nvquanghuy,

i wrote the program to generate the image as a side project one afternoon using a few different technologies:

- opengl
- geoip
- objective-c
- inotail, awk, sed, ssh
- a mapped image of the earth i found on google images
- the wikipedia page for spherical coordinates and a large number of trial-and-errors to get it oriented right with the view matrix ;-)

August 3, 2010

love Dropbox. waiting for more cool features!

from Japan.

August 3, 2010

kkk, you dont understood what is DropBox… With DropBox I can work in a 30mb autocad file, in my HD, and 10 seconds after I save a change, another engineer in another country can open the file… in their own HD!!! Without clicks, manual uploads, mails… And the old versions of the file stays on the DropBox server!
The only problem is that not exist a read only status…

August 25, 2010

Cheers & best wishes from Hungary!

August 25, 2010

Oops, double post, sorry!

August 27, 2010

Hi, I'm a dropbox's user from Indonesia, thanks to dropbox, it really helps my work and can't hardly wait for dropbox for blackberry, with dropbox i'll never worrying again if I leave home or office without my flash disk. Good luck and keep up the good work

Best Regards,
http://onlinetourservices.com (my web)
http://the-arbazenas.com (my blog)

September 23, 2010

Any chance I could get the program you used to create this?

October 22, 2010

How in the world do we talk to a customer representative??? I need some help to correct what I have done. I downloaded DROPBOX today per the suggestion of my father, and now my Outlook pst files are all screwed up. all of my stored emails have disappeared. Could you please give me a number that I can call to get some real help? Thanks, Kelly -

October 28, 2010

Congratulations! Love the service. Thanks a lot!

October 31, 2010

In Australia and Only just discovered you guys about a month ago, and have to say I love your work. Dropbox makes keeping all my uni, work, training and other files together so much easier and means I can access them from anywhere in the world. Not to mention just being able to put stuff in the public folder and email out the link out for others to use.

Keep up the Great Work, and get the word out at Universities about your site, Everyone I have told about DropBox has loved it.

Windows 8
January 12, 2012

Really love Dropbox have been using to save my information, hope dropbox for windows 8 is released soon. http://windows8beta.com

Maxim Moneta
March 26, 2012

Thanks! Very useful information!

Used it for an article about dropbox and brief for feature suggestion!

SEO Melbourne
April 20, 2012

thank you so much,
Very useful information….

SEO Melbourne
May 24, 2012

good information 

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