Retrieve Files from Dropbox

To retrieve files from Dropbox, create a new fetch task by following these steps. The connector runs fetch tasks automatically, based on the schedule that is configured in the configuration file.


Before configuring a fetch task, you must create a Dropbox application to represent the connector and configure OAuth authentication. For more information, see Create a Dropbox Application and Configure OAuth Authentication.

To create a new Fetch Task

  1. Stop the connector.
  2. Open the configuration file in a text editor.
  3. In the [FetchTasks] section of the configuration file, specify the number of fetch tasks using the Number parameter. If you are configuring the first fetch task, type Number=1. If one or more fetch tasks have already been configured, increase the value of the Number parameter by one (1). Below the Number parameter, specify the names of the fetch tasks, starting from zero (0). For example:

  4. Below the [FetchTasks] section, create a new TaskName section. The name of the section must match the name of the new fetch task. For example:

  1. In the new section, ensure that you have set the parameters required to authenticate with Dropbox. The OAuth configuration tool (described in Configure OAuth Authentication) creates a file that contains these parameters, and you can include them in the connector's configuration file using the following syntax:

    [MyTask] < "oauth.cfg" [OAUTH]

    For more information about including parameters from another file, see Include an External Configuration File

  2. In the new section, set the following parameters to specify the content to ingest:

    RootFolderPath (Optional) The path in the Dropbox repository from which the connector retrieves data. The connector retrieves data from the specified folder and its subfolders.

    (Optional) A regular expression to filter the documents that are ingested. Any document that has a path that matches the regular expression is ignored.

    PathMustHaveRegex (Optional) A regular expression to filter the documents that are ingested. A document is ignored unless its path matches the regular expression.

    For a complete list of parameters that you can use to configure the HPE Dropbox Connector, refer to the HPE Dropbox Connector Reference.

  3. (Optional) If you are running the connector behind a proxy server, set the following parameters:

    ProxyHost The host name or IP address of the proxy server to use to access Dropbox.
    ProxyPort The port of the proxy server to use to access Dropbox.
    ProxyUsername The user name to use to authenticate with the proxy server.
    ProxyPassword The password to use to authenticate with the proxy server.
  4. Save and close the configuration file.