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Re: Sharing - how to share a folder with edit access when don't know my friend's dropbox user id?

Helpful | Level 5

Ok, so I tried another direction.

 

I sent a shared link from user #1 to user #2 but then trying to access it as user #2:

{"error_summary": "shared_link_access_denied/..", "error": {".tag": "shared_link_access_denied"}}

 

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Re: Sharing - how to share a folder with edit access when don't know my friend's dropbox user id?

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@elsigh Yes, apologies for the confusion, but currently, app folders are incompatible with shared folders, meaning you can't share an app folder as a shared folder (only as a read-only link), put a shared folder inside an app folder or put an app folder in a shared folder. So, the behavior and restrictions you're seeing on the web site and desktop client are expected for app folders.

 

Instead, for any part of your app where you want to use the API with shared folders, you'll need to use "full Dropbox" permission, as opposed to the app folder permission. 

 

And the 'shared_link_access_denied' issue you mentioned appears to be the same as what you reported in this other thread. That's still open with the team.

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Re: Sharing - how to share a folder with edit access when don't know my friend's dropbox user id?

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I feel like I'd never want to give any app (certainly some utility app) the ability to read every folder/file in my dropbox, but I'd trust almost app to a particular directory and contents within, just like I do with users.

 

This seems like an pretty unfortunate design in terms of user privacy. I can't imagine users will give my app a try if I ask to read their whole dropbox. Am I missing anything? 

 

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Re: Sharing - how to share a folder with edit access when don't know my friend's dropbox user id?

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Dropboxer

No, I don't believe you're missing anything. It sounds like you have a good understanding of the Dropbox API permissions options currently available, but we appreciate the feedback. There isn't currently a way to allow an app to access only a specific pre-existing path, but I'll pass this along as a feature request. I can't promise if or when that might be implemented though. 

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Re: Sharing - how to share a folder with edit access when don't know my friend's dropbox user id?

Helpful | Level 5

Hey @Greg K. - I've changed our app back to the full dropbox permission for now, but I have a couple more challenges trying to implement the approach we outlined before.

 

I'll start with this one since it would give two users a shared-editable folder:

Use case: User #1 adds User #2 to a folder by email in our App
  • User #1 creates a new folder (we do it in /Apps/Songbook.Studio/${newFolderName})
  • User #1 tries to invite User #2 by email to that folder using sharingAddFolderMember, but we’re stuck without sharing_info.shared_folder_id
    • The folder metadata has no sharing_info key on it. I’ve tried called sharingCreateSharedLinkWithSettings in advance. The only way I can seem to get sharing_info to be populated is if User #1 goes to the Dropbox client and adds any user by email there.

Re: Sharing - how to share a folder with edit access when don't know my friend's dropbox user id?

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The 'sharing_info' is only set on a folder if the folder is itself shared as a shared folder (or is inside a shared folder). Note that this is different than the kind of sharing offered by /2/sharing/create_shared_link_with_settings. Calling /2/sharing/create_shared_link_with_settings for a folder will not make it a "shared folder"; it only creates a "shared link" for it.

 

To first share the folder as a shared folder, so that it will receive 'sharing_info' with a 'shared_folder_id' that you can then use with /2/sharing/add_folder_member, you should first call /2/sharing/share_folder

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