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Connecting Bold BI to Dropbox data source

Bold BI dashboard designer supports connecting Dropbox web services through REST API.

Choose Dropbox data source

To configure the Dropbox data source, follow the below steps:

  1. Click the Data Sources button in the configuration panel to add a new data connection.

    Data source icon

  2. Click CREATE NEW to launch a new connection from the connection panel.

  3. Select the Dropbox connection in the connection panel.

    Choose data source

NOTE: You can also create a data source from the home page by clicking the Data Sources menu from left menu panel and Create Data Source from the data sources page.

Choose data source from server

Authentication with Dropbox

Use the following steps to authenticate with Dropbox web service:

  1. Click the data source, you will be prompted with a login window. Enter the credentials of your Dropbox account to authorize.

  2. Click Allow in the authorization window to accept the scopes requested by Bold BI dashboards.

    NOTE: If the permission is denied, the account will not be accessible from the dashboard.

  3. Set a name to identify the account and click Next.

  4. You have now successfully authorized your connection. Click Connect to continue with the data source connection.

  5. To connect via already connected account, refer Connected Accounts.

NOTE: To connect to another account click Connect New Account.

Connect to Dropbox

Create Dropbox data source

After successful authentication, File Explorer panel opens. Follow the below steps to create Dropbox data source.

  1. Enter a name for the data source.

  2. Explorer will list out all the folders and files with extension csv, json, xml and xlsx.

  3. Select the file which you wish to preview and connect the data.

  4. Choose a time interval for Refresh Settings using the combo box, to trigger the request periodically to keep the data in sync with our dashboard.

    Explorer View

You can also edit the connection information set here using the Edit Connection option.

For more information on the API endpoints available for this data source, refer to their official Dropbox API documentation

Additional information

Refresh Settings Period of time before next refresh call is triggered. This will automatically trigger a call for the API configured in the data source to keep the data up to date. If you do not want to sync your new data, choose ‘Never’.

Preview and data import

  • Click Preview & Connect to connect with the configurations set.

  • The Choose Schema(s) dialog opens. The schema represents the key fields of data retrieved from Dropbox Rest API request. This dialog displays a list of schemas in treeview and its corresponding values in grid for preview. Select required schema(s) from treeview to use in designer and click Connect.


NOTE: The sheets in xlsx file will be listed in drop down (at right-top end as shown in the image.) Also note that maximum file size allowed to get extract is 75 megabytes.

  • Now, the data design view page with selected table schema opens. Drag and drop the table. Query Editor

  • Click Save to save the data source with a relevant name.

Connected accounts for OAuth data sources

If you have already logged into the account and authenticated with web data source, the account information will be listed here. You can select one of the accounts or connect to a new account by clicking the Connect New Account button.


You can edit, delete and re-authorize this account from the Connected Accounts page.

Manage Accounts

Data Transformation

Editing a Data Connection

Dashboard Designer Walkthrough

Dropbox Integration