How to download entire folders on dropbox.com

You can download the contents of an entire Dropbox folder via dropbox.com, as long as both of the following are true:

  • The folder is less than 20 GB in total size
  • The folder has fewer than 10,000 total files

To download an entire folder directly from dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Find the folder you want to download.
  3. Click the (ellipsis) icon to the right of the folder's name.
  4. Click Download.

Your browser will then download the folder as a single compressed file (known as a "ZIP" file). You'll find the ZIP file wherever your browser normally downloads files, as set in your browser preferences. It will have the same name as the original folder, but will end in .zip

To access the contents of a ZIP file, open and decompress the ZIP file.

Most operating systems are capable of decompressing ZIP files without any additional software. However, if you find yourself unable to open the file, you can find numerous ZIP file decompression utilities online.

Note: If you’re using a Mac and the ZIP file you downloaded contains a file larger than 4GB, the Archive Utility tool on MacOS may fail to extract the contents of the ZIP file. If this happens, you will need to use a different software or the Terminal program to extract the files.

What if I see an "Open" button instead of a "Download" button?

If you see an Open button instead of a Download button, it means the folder is already synced with the Dropbox folder on your computer. Click the Open button to access this folder on your computer.

Learn more about the Open button.

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