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generate file preview link

rajshree1996
Explorer | Level 3

How can we generate a preview link for a file and use that link to display the file in our web app? can we also attach link expiry

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Re: generate file preview link

Greg-DB
Dropboxer

There are a few different options that you may want to try:

By the way, those are links to the documentation for the HTTPS endpoints themselves, but we recommend using one of the official SDKs if possible:

https://www.dropbox.com/developers/documentation

Those have corresponding native methods for the HTTPS endpoints. 

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Re: generate file preview link

Greg-DB
Dropboxer

There are a few different options that you may want to try:

By the way, those are links to the documentation for the HTTPS endpoints themselves, but we recommend using one of the official SDKs if possible:

https://www.dropbox.com/developers/documentation

Those have corresponding native methods for the HTTPS endpoints. 

Re: generate file preview link

rajshree1996
Explorer | Level 3

2 solution works.

when trying the first one I am getting the unauthorized error in API explorer when I add expires in settings.

{ "error_summary": "settings_error/not_authorized/", "error": { ".tag": "settings_error", "settings_error": { ".tag": "not_authorized" } } }

If I don'nt use settings object then it is giving me the expected response.Screenshot from 2019-09-24 17-04-33.png

Re: generate file preview link

Greg-DB
Dropboxer

The shared link expiration functionality is only available to Dropbox Professional and Business accounts. Attempting to set an expiration from other account types will fail like that.

Re: generate file preview link

rajshree1996
Explorer | Level 3

can't we generate the image preview for all file types?

It seems previews will be of the same type as file. pdf preview link will preview a pdf only.

Re: generate file preview link

Greg-DB
Dropboxer

I'm not sure I follow your question. For reference:

  • The /2/sharing/create_shared_link_with_settings endpoint can be used to create a shared link for any type of file. The shared link page by default will show a preview of the file if possible. E.g., it can display a preview of the relevant text, image, PDF, etc., depending on the type of the linked file. If you modify the link for direct access, it will return the original file data.
  • The /2/files/get_temporary_link endpoint returns a temporary link that will just return the original file data.
  • The /2/files/get_preview endpoint will directly PDF or HTML preview data directly, as determined by the supported file types covered in the documentation.
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