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Dropbox online - number of subfolders and files in a folder, like file explorer shows

Dropbox online - number of subfolders and files in a folder, like file explorer shows

TTBATL
Helpful | Level 6

Hi,

I've been using Dropbox for quite awhile but am new to the Community discussions.

I've searched the Community for an answer to my question, but have not found one that answers the full issue.  I'd like to have information in my online Dropbox that shows for any folder (1) the count of the number of subfolders under it and (2) the total number of files under that main folder including all files in the subfolders.  This is the same information given by File Explorer for folders on the computer.

It would help considerably as I'm uploading a lot of data to Dropbox, and I want to compare to make certain everything gets uploaded.

If this is not available currently, is there a feature request for it?

Thank you so much.

   

20 Comments
mesquela
New member | Level 2

This is helpful in understanding the structure of a file system and thinking about sharing data. 

TTBATL
Helpful | Level 6

Thanks, Mesquela.  Every vote helps move the request up!

coldstone
Helpful | Level 5

This should be a basic feature. I need to be able to tally number of files directly in the Dropbox web (please don't suggest to count from desktop app as not all folders are accessible from there).

TTBATL
Helpful | Level 6

Thanks, joydip!  The more votes we get the higher we move in the queue.  Hopefully we'll get this feature one day.  

James S.95
New member | Level 2

This is basic functionality.  Not having it makes me suspect whether the reason for the omission is concern that Dropbox is not backing up 100% of the requested files.  Saying "copy everything back locally and then let your OS count them" gives 0% confidence that your system works.

 

This is no a hard problem to solve - it's not even a CS101 recursion problem.  Whatever OS Dropbox is using on the backend already supports this functionality, so just let the Dropbox server's OS, not the user's, take care of the heavy lifting for you on the server side:

 

Linux = find  . -type f  | wc -l

DOS = dir /a:-d /s /b "Folder Path" | find /c ":\".

 

Boom.  Done.  Mic drop.  But it has to be Dropbox.com that implements this, not users; no one wants all users to have OS-level access to the Dropbox server.

TTBATL
Helpful | Level 6

James S.95, great comment!  I appreciate your support for this feature.

Prisoner416
New member | Level 2

This is a basic need and it's rather silly that it even needs to come up for a vote. If I'm downloading files I paid a musician for, I want to make sure that I saved all the files locally. I have no current way to do a file count comparison between the web files and my downloaded files.  

NiMcG
New member | Level 2

Please add a "Properties" or "Get info" function to dropbox to allow showing size and file count of a folder, including all subfolders. I can't see another way how to verify that all uploads went through and are actually available online.

James S.95
New member | Level 2

This is an almost necessary feature.  

 

I realize its omission is not accidental since many casual computer users are not aware of all of the files that Windows generates that should not be backed up (thumbs.db as one common example), and some files that are present but not reported in Explorer even with hidden files shown).  But this just means that that Dropbox’s implementation should not be naive, but should mirror the way Windows counts files.  In the end, from the user’s POV, the file count that Dropbox reports should be the same as what Windows reports (at least, the same as what Windows Explorer reports, which is probably different than what your developers see from the underlying API calls). 

Edit: I forgot I already responded many months ago.  Too bad no one is listening (and that more users aren’t calling for action on this basic feature).

CaliberDesign
New member | Level 2

This was suggested over two years ago. Multiple posts show that users have been requesting this feature since about 2015.
Is there any progress?

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