Live from DBX

Posted by Drew and Arash on July 09, 2013
Android, API, Dropbox, Mobile, News / 32 Comments

We’re so excited this morning to kick off DBX, our first developer conference. Fort Mason is buzzing with energy from our incredible community of developers, designers, and partners. Back in 2007, when it was just the two of us coding in an apartment, we never imagined that six years later there’d be over 175 million people using Dropbox and more than a billion files synced each day.

We’re proud that Dropbox has become the home for millions of people’s most important stuff. So we want to be sure that stuff is always available, no matter if you’re on your laptop at work, a tablet on a plane, or a smartphone on the bus. Keeping devices and apps synced with your most up-to-date info has gone from “nice-to-have” to essential, which creates a real challenge for the people developing apps.


That’s why we’ve designed the Dropbox Platform to be the best foundation to connect the world’s apps, devices, and services. We started with the Sync API, which let developers take advantage of the file syncing technology that took us years to get right. And today, we’re announcing a suite of tools that fundamentally simplifies how developers can build across devices and platforms.

Dropbox Platform

The Datastore API

It’s a challenge for developers to provide an amazing user experience across many different platforms and devices. Our Sync and Core APIs already take care of syncing files and folders, but as people use mobile apps more and more, a lot of their stuff doesn’t really look like a file at all. It could be anything — settings, contacts, to-do list items, or the latest doodle you drew.

Datastore API

With the Datastore API, we’re moving beyond files and providing a new model for effortlessly storing and syncing app data. When you use an app built with datastores your data will be up-to-date across all devices whether you’re online or offline. Imagine a task-tracking app that works on both your iPhone and the web. If it’s built with the Datastore API, you can check off items from your phone during a cross-country flight and add new tasks from your computer and Dropbox will make sure the changes don’t clobber each other.

Drop-ins: Chooser and Saver

Drop-ins let developers connect to hundreds of millions of Dropboxes with just a few lines of code. The Chooser gives people access to the files in their Dropbox from web and mobile apps, and the Saver makes saving files to Dropbox one-click simple. You can already see them in action in Yahoo! Mail, Shutterstock, and Mailbox!

 Chooser and Saver

We’re putting the finishing touches on this post as Drew is about to walk out on stage and announce this news. If you couldn’t make it today, we’ll be posting videos of the keynote and other sessions as well as updated developer documentation at

We can’t wait to see what we build together.


Dropbox for Android, 2.0!

Posted by Android Team on December 22, 2011
Android, Dropbox, Mobile, News / 201 Comments

We’re really excited to announce version 2.0 of our Android app! It’s completely redesigned and includes a ton of new features!

Some highlights of this release:

  • Favorites: Want to make sure a file is always on your phone? Star it for quick offline access.
  • Bulk upload: No need to upload files one at a time. Select multiple photos and videos to be uploaded in the background.
  • File renaming: Simple as it sounds – files and folders can now be renamed.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich support: Optimized for the newest and tastiest Android release yet: Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • Single-tap access to actions: All file and folder actions are available from a single tap.
  • Lots of others: Improved gallery view, export to (and upload from) local storage, as well as numerous bug fixes and stability improvements

Thanks to all of our forum users who helped us test the build earlier this week.

Download the Dropbox 2.0 app from the Android Market.

While you’re waiting, check out the eye candy below!





Dropbox is going places!

Posted by Jon Ying on April 27, 2010
News / 575 Comments

Join Dropbox in San Francisco on May 4th – and see something new!

If you’re local or in town for the Web 2.0 Expo, we’d love to see you at our Dropbox event on Tuesday May 4th at 7:30.  Good news – there will be an open bar! Bad news – this is a press event, so while we’ll try our best to fit as many people as possible (its not a very big space), press and bloggers will get priority. More good news – since this is a launch event, you can expect some new Dropbox goodies around then.  If you want to be the first to see exactly what we’ve got in store, you’ll have to come see for yourself ;).

Moving right along

Posted by Jon Ying on April 22, 2010
Dropbox, News / 142 Comments

Hey everyone,

We’ve moved! After two years of working in our first office, it was finally time to move into a place that could better fit the 22 people we’ve added since then :).

Here are a few pictures of our old shack (we were clearly in need of breathing room).

and now, our new crib! Awwww yeeah.

We’ll be sure to post more pics once our furniture gets in!

Speaking of adding new people, we’d like to welcome Tom Meyer (dedicated Android developer), Dan Wheeler (multi-team handyman) and Tom Hoover (client team member) to the Dropbox team as full-timers!

Our office isn’t the only thing that’s moved at Dropbox– we have a smorgasbord of features that are currently rapidly moving forward in development:

As many of you forum-goers probably know, selective sync is the hottest topic on Dropbox’s horizon, and we’re almost ready to show it to you all. Selective sync gives you the ability to choose which folders in your Dropbox get sync’d to which computers. This would, for example, let you choose to not sync your giant music library down to your netbook’s tiny hard drive. (By the way, do any of you have a better name for ‘selective sync’?)

Our mobile apps are also getting close to the finish line. I’ll probably be beaten to death if I give out any more details or info, so just take my word for it when I say that both apps are very awesome, and that you’ll be very happy with what the mobile team has thrown together.

That aside, there are a few more features under the radar that are guaranteed to make May a ridiculous month ;)

Hope you’re all having a wonderful spring/autumn!


Posted by Jon Ying on January 19, 2010
News / 333 Comments

Hey everyone!

I’d like to start off by thanking all of you who voted for us the past month for the Best Internet App Crunchie (and special brownie points to those of you whom voted every day!), because your hard work paid off. We won the award for Best Internet App of 2009!

We were pretty stoked to face off against some really baller competitors: Yelp, Posterous, Animoto, Groupon, and MOG. Everyone at Dropbox uses all of these apps and we’d like to give them a round of applause for their awesome work. However, we’re extremely flattered that you guys chose Dropbox from such an impressive pool to receive this award.

A huge thank you goes out to every single one of our (now 4!) millions of users, our rockstar investors, and the rest of our impressive team for making Dropbox the way it is today. While 2009 was certainly a rollercoaster for all of us, you can bet that we have plenty of stuff in store for 2010 that will make 2009 look like the preseason.

As a thank you to y’all for sticking with us for this long, we’d like to celebrate the only way we really know how… a giveaway!

Up for grabs are 10 limited edition Dropbox t-shirts featuring our famous 404 logo, nicknamed ‘Psychobox’. These shirts are so new and limited that they don’t even exist yet! Well… they will in a few days, but you get the point.

There are several ways to submit an entry to get a t-shirt, for a total of 2 possible entries per person.

Tell us why you deserve a Dropbox t-shirt using one of the methods below:

1. Tweet on Twitter using the topic #dropboxshirt
2. Comment on our Facebook page under the t-shirt post

We’ll be picking the winners on Friday night at 11:00PM PST! Gogo!

Dropbox is to Ubuntu as eucalyptus is to koalas

Posted by Jon Ying on November 04, 2009
Linux, News / 60 Comments

As many of you Linux zealots are well aware, Ubuntu 9.10 got released two weeks ago and offers some snazzy improvements over 9.04. While it’s true that 9.10 bundled in a certain syncing app with its release, we just wanted to take this chance to remind y’all that Dropbox works awesomely with 9.10 (…and Windows …and Mac ;D) without any hitches!

The Karmic repository is up and running and ready to add to your apt sources:
deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

An early Christmas at Dropbox

Posted by Jon Ying on October 02, 2009
Mac, News / 23 Comments

Oh man, there’s so much stuff to talk about!  The iPhone app was a huge announcement a few days ago but lots of other exciting stuff has happened since our last update:

Snow Leopard

Dropbox works just fine with Snow Leopard!  There have been some huge performance improvements and those ugly folder icons are now gone too!  If you’ve upgraded, you shouldn’t notice many changes to the service.  In fact, you probably won’t notice anything at all because Dropbox will auto-update itself within the next week and work properly on Snow Leopard without any problems.  There’s no need to re-download it :).

Commoncraft Video

Watch a video about Dropbox!

Our friends Lee and Sachi over at Common Craft made a video that explains Dropbox in plain English.  It’s a pretty awesome video (and might help you explain Dropbox to your friends and family).  It’s also featured on the referral landing page so new users won’t be so confused when you refer them to Dropbox.  Let us know how you like it!

2 million users!

Some of you may have already read the TechCrunch article, but it’s true!  Dropbox has reached 2 million users.  We’re really excited to welcome all of our new users who are just beginning to try out Dropbox, and even more flattered by those of you who have stuck around since the beginning.  It’s breathtaking to look back and think that we were at about 30,000 users at this point last year (and the team was only 8 people rather than the 17 strong today).  As we continue to grow, we promise to continue providing the same syncing goodness you’ve come to expect from us, as well as many more awesome features and poetry contests ;).

How It’s Made: The Dropbox Web

Posted by Jon Ying on September 10, 2009
News, Website / 37 Comments

Hey all,

Ding! leveled up!

Some new features:
- Prettier! (we hope?)
- Multi-select on file browser
- True bulk operations (with progress bar for large file operations)
- The ability to download zip files of arbitrary sets of files/folders
- Search on the file browser
- Significant improvements to navigation
- GMail style keyboard shortcuts (!)
- Mobile optimized version of the site (for non iphone users)
- Countless UI/usability improvements
- New Getting Started tab (check it out for a surprise!)

So ever since they’ve come out, I’ve always been a huge fan of the How It’s Made videos. Sometimes it’s pretty obvious how the featured object is made but it’s always pretty cool to see what goes on behind the scenes (How else would you know that treadmills were originally made for farm animals?) Anyway, we may be too lazy to provide you a video of how our brand spankin’ new redesign and other web projects are made, but maybe a description will suffice.

Those of you who have been with us since our prehistoric days know how much the page has evolved over time– updating the site is always a work in progress. Like the previous designs, the impetus for this one came pretty spontaneously. I was sitting at my computer and thought ‘this site’s kinda… ugly.’ This is usually what spawns the next step in the process:

Once I’ve ID’d a problem, I take a YPOJ (yellow pad of justice) and camp out on the office couch for several hours making sketches of what I envision the upcoming design to look like. Once I’m happy with several candidates, a few of us (Arash, Trevor, the other Jon, and myself) sit down and discuss whether or not it’ll work. Each of these designs get dumped into photoshop and the resulting .psds are prototypes for the final design.

Then begins the months long process of iterating. This is where Trevor Berg begins his magic and turns the .psds from the previous step into an actual usable website. This is housed on his machine and viewable to everyone within the Dropbox office.

The web team has a shared folder and within it is a notorious text file called ‘THE LIST.txt‘, which has every complaint and nitpick about the project in development (we’ve recently started moving these lists to Etherpad, which is an awesome app by the way). These range anywhere from big changes (the Getting Started tab was initially a complaint) to really, really tiny ones (move this word down 1 pixel). Trevor whittles this list down (the total number of items sometimes span several hundred) until all of us are happy with the design and usability.

Final Product
The result is what you see on Nearly every page and design goes through the process listed above, and we like to think that it’s served us well for the past year.

Let us know your thoughts on the redesign!

It’s alive!

Posted by Jon Ying on June 20, 2009
Misc, News, Website / 70 Comments

Would you all forgive us if we said we were sorry for not posting for a while? :(  We’re still alive, I swear!

A lot has happened since we last spoke.  Continuing from where our last post left off, Dropbox won its first Rock Band duel after an extremely close (a <1% point difference!) battle with Mozy.  Hats off to the Mozy team for trekking out to San Francisco for our epic showdown :).   Also, special thanks to our friends at for hosting and broadcasting the event.

We’ve had four additions to our steadily growing team; Jon Grall (product lead), Andrea Smith (customer support), Will Stockwell (mobile device and iPhone guru), and a new intern, Kevin Modzelewski.  Welcome!  Dropbox also hit the milestone of syncing files for one million users (and approaching one and a half this week), and we’ll be giving out a prize to celebrate the occasion– more on that below.

Development continues to pick up steam here at the Dropbox HQ, and our teams are busy working on features such as LAN P2P syncing, the iPhone app, and continual optimizations to the Dropbox client.  In terms of finished work, the last few months have resulted in huge improvements of Dropbox’s memory footprint (a reduction of 10+ MB in small Dropboxes and much more for larger Drobpoxes), the announcement of our 100GB plan and the release of the Linux CLI.

As for the stuff I’m most involved in, the web team is preparing to roll out a bunch of changes to make your navigation of the web interface much friendlier (and hopefully prettier).  This redesign is Dropbox’s most ambitious to date, and I’d just like to put a few of my mockups out here to test the waters a bit.

Dropbox Home
(click to view the full size)

As you can see here, we’ll be changing the top nav a bit and reducing/merging some of the items that are currently on your Dropbox homepage.  The idea is to allow users to arrive at a portal where they have immediate access to the actions they want to do without having to swim through a pile of fluff to get there.

The way you view your Dropbox on the web will be very similar to what you’ve grown accustomed to, but with a few changes:

Dropbox Files
(click to view the full size)

As you can see, we’ve introduced a folder tree to the left side of the file browser.  This will let you hop to the folders of your choice without having to press Back or ‘Up one level’ multiple times.  And, yes!  It will indeed be possible to perform actions on more than one file at once.  Heck, you can even drag 8 different files and folders at a time to the folder of your choice :)

Anyways, I should remind everyone that this is still definitely a work in progress so I’d be more than happy to hear any advice/critiques for my work.  Don’t be afraid to tell me what you’d like included in your Dropbox web experience.

To celebrate our 1 millionth user (and apologize for our long absence on the blog), we’d like to award 5 lifetime 50GB accounts to our users.  If you’re a paying user already, then this will just get added to your existing quota.  Just head to the giveaway thread in the Dropbox forums to enter.  Good luck, and thanks to everyone for bearing with us these past two years :).  We promise we’ll post more often!

PS– You can view the Mozy vs. Dropbox Rock Band battle here.

Crunchies Part 2

Posted by Jon Ying on December 30, 2008
Misc, News / 29 Comments

The results are in, and we’re a finalist for best new web startup of 2008!  It’d mean the world to us if you could vote for us (We promise this will be the last time). Oh! I almost forgot– You can vote once a day until January 5th. Thanks!