Slideshows offers you possibility to regularly download files from your Dropbox account, similarly to downloading from Google Drive.

Slideshow support synchronizing up to 2000 files from a single Dropbox folder. If you would like to synchronize more files, split the files into subfolders, each containing at most 2000 files.

How to setup periodical download from Dropbox

1. Open Slideshow’s web interface and navigate to menu ToolsPeriodical download.

2. In Add periodical download section, select type Dropbox and click on Login with Dropbox account.

3. Dropbox login form will open on the device’s screen – not on the screen you have web interface, but on the screen of the device where Slideshow is installed! This is due to security policy of Dropbox, so this step cannot be done remotely. If the device’s screen stays blank or the login form is not loaded properly, check if your device has internet access and has up-to-date browser installed.

4. Login into your Dropbox account and allow Slideshow to access your Dropbox. We are asking just for read-only access, Slideshow won’t (and can’t) modify files on your Dropbox.

5. After successful login, switch back to Slideshow app on the device. Web interface in your browser should refresh and display success message.

6. Pick a source folder on your Dropbox (you have to create if first through https://www.dropbox.com) and target folder on your device. You can also choose whether you would like to clear (delete) old files after each download – this is useful if you are adding and removing files over the time.

Due to limitation of Dropbox API, some subfolders from your Dropbox may be missing in the dropdown. If you would like to synchronize from Dropbox folder that isn’t in the list, select empty entry (the first one) and fill out the path to the subfolder in the next field.

Setting up synchronization from Dropbox

7. Click on Save and test the newly added entry by clicking on Download now.

8. If you want Slideshow to synchronize the files periodically, don’t forget to set “Download interval” in menu SettingsDevice settings. It specify how often (in seconds) should Slideshow download files from Dropbox (and other sources). Don’t forget to reload Slideshow app after setting it.

9. Slideshow has to stay logged in into your Dropbox account if you want the periodical download to work. If you logout from your Dropbox account (either via Slideshow web interface, or Dropbox console), you won’t be able to synchronize any files from Dropbox until you log back in.

10. If you want to add more folder for synchronization or edit the existing one, just start from step 6. Entering your Dropbox username and password is necessary only during first setup or if you logout from the account.

More features

You can combine synchronization from Dropbox with other Slideshow’s features:

  • setup.csv – just add file named setup.csv to the folder which you are synchronizing on Dropbox and it will be automatically recognized by Slideshow.
  • Unpacking ZIP files – if your Dropbox’s folder contains ZIP file, it will be automatically unpacked during the download.