Let's upload a text file to Dropbox in Python

Here we'll show you how to use our Python SDK to upload a file to Dropbox.

Get Set Up

1 Log in to Temboo. If you don't already have an account, you can register for free.

2Make sure you've downloaded the Temboo Python SDK and that you've added it to your development environment as described in our Python getting started tutorial.

3You'll also need a valid Dropbox account and a Dropbox app, which you can create in the Dropbox App Console. The app name and domain can be whatever you like. Make sure to use the settings shown in the screenshot below when creating your new Dropbox app:

The Dropbox app console with the app settings you need for this example

The Dropbox app console with the app settings you need for this example

4With your Dropbox application in place, visit the Dropbox OAuth bundle. Starting with the InitializeOAuth Choreo, use these Choreos to grant your Dropbox application access to interact with Dropbox on your behalf. This short video demonstrates how to use our OAuth Choreos, and it's a good idea to take a break and watch it now before you dive into this step. You'll need the access tokens returned by this process to complete the rest of this tutorial.

5 Go to the Dropbox > FilesAndMetadata > UploadFile Choreo in our Library. Enter your Dropbox access tokens and click on the Save Profile button to save your Dropbox app details. Make sure to fill in "sandbox" for Root input. Now you can reuse these Dropbox authentication details on any Dropbox Choreo in our Library. Using a Profile will also make your code simpler and more secure.

Test the Choreo

6 Let's test the Dropbox > FilesAndMetadata > UploadFile Choreo directly from our website. Select Python from the drop down menu at the top of the page, then insert your Dropbox account info that you saved earlier. Next, enter something into the FileContents input (like "Hello World!") and then enter a FileName (like "test.txt").

7Click Generate Code to test the Choreo from our website, and you'll see some details about your uploaded file in the Output section. If you go to your app folder in Dropbox, you'll see your file appear!

Base64 Encoding (or "Help! I can't read the text")

8 If you open your uploaded file in Dropbox, you'll see some garbled text. That's because the Dropbox UploadFile Choreo needs a Base64 encoded string for its FileContents input. Luckily enough we have one of these Choreos in our Temboo Library. Go to the Utilities > Encoding > Base64Encode Choreo to get started.

9 Type "Hello world" into the Text input and click Generate Code to test the Choreo. You should see a Base64 translation appear in the output. If you pass this text to the Dropbox Choreo it will create the file in Dropbox with human-readable text as expected.

Combining Choreos

10 To finish this example up, let's combine the two Choreos in one .py file. In the code block below, we've called both the Dropbox Choreo and the Base64 Encode Choreo. We've added some constants for the file name and contents, and are appending a timestamp to the file name to allow multiple uploads (otherwise the most recent upload will overwrite the previous file of the same name).

To use the code below, simply substitute in your Dropbox Profile name and run the code. Your new upload should appear in your Dropbox folder with the value of the FILE_CONTENTS variable as its text.

from temboo.Library.Dropbox.FilesAndMetadata import UploadFile
from temboo.Library.Utilities.Encoding import Base64Encode
from temboo.core.session import TembooSession
import time

# The name of your Temboo Dropbox Profile

# Set file name and contents
# Note the date and file extension are being added to the file name in the Dropbox input set
FILE_NAME = "temboo"
FILE_CONTENTS = "You just made this file with Python and Temboo!"

# Create a new Temboo session
session = TembooSession('ACCOUNT_NAME', 'APP_NAME', 'APP_KEY')

# Instantiate the Utilities.Encoding.Base64Encode choreo, using the session object
base64EncodeChoreo = Base64Encode(session)

# Get an InputSet object for the Utilities.Encoding.Base64Encode choreo
base64EncodeInputs = base64EncodeChoreo.new_input_set()

# Set inputs for the Utilities.Encoding.Base64Encode choreo

# Execute Utilities.Encoding.Base64Encode choreo
base64EncodeResults = base64EncodeChoreo.execute_with_results(base64EncodeInputs)

# Generate the current datetime to append to the file name
date = (time.strftime("%Y%m%d%H%M%S"))

# Instantiate the Dropbox.FilesAndMetadata.UploadFile choreo, using the session object.
uploadFileChoreo = UploadFile(session)

# Get an InputSet object for the Dropbox.FilesAndMetadata.UploadFile choreo
uploadFileInputs = uploadFileChoreo.new_input_set()

# Set Dropbox Profile

# Set inputs for the Dropbox.FilesAndMetadata.UploadFile choreo
uploadFileInputs.set_FileName(FILE_NAME + "_" + date + ".txt")

# Execute Dropbox.FilesAndMetadata.UploadFile choreo
uploadFileResults = uploadFileChoreo.execute_with_results(uploadFileInputs)

# Print response from Dropbox
print ("Response: " + uploadFileResults.get_Response())

What next?

We're all finished! This Python application can create a text file out of any string you might produce while coding. You should try using it to save all sorts of different content, like the results generated by the 2000+ other Choreos in our Library.

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