Upload coursework and lecture notes to Canvas from Dropbox

Updated Dec 11, 2023

Canvas is a service that allows students and professors to securely and easily share course content in one centralized place. Once a Canvas administrator has enabled the Canvas and Dropbox integration, students and professors can upload coursework and lecture notes to Canvas from Dropbox.

Learn more about using Dropbox in Canvas on the Canvas Community Page.

Connect Canvas to your Dropbox account

If you are a student or professor, follow the instructions below to connect Canvas to your Dropbox account.

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click App Center.
  3. Click Canvas.
    • If you don’t see Canvas, use the search bar.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. Enter your institution’s domain.
    • If you don’t know your institution’s domain, contact your Canvas administrator.
  6. Click Connect.
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Note: If you’re a Dropbox Business admin, learn how you can manage app integrations like Canvas for your team.

Upload Dropbox files to Canvas

To upload coursework or lecture notes to Canvas from dropbox.com:

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Hover over the name of the file or folder you'd like to upload and click the check box that appears on the left.
  3. Click the arrow next to Share above the file thumbnail in the right sidebar.
  4. Click Canvas.
  5. Select the course, folder, and assignment you’d like to upload the file to.
  6. Click Next.

Disconnect Canvas from your Dropbox account 

To disconnect Canvas from your Dropbox account:

  1. Log in to dropbox.com.
  2. Click your avatar (profile picture or initials) in the upper right corner.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Connected apps tab.
  5. Click Canvas.
  6. Click Disconnect.

Enable the Canvas and Dropbox integration for your institution

If you are the Canvas admin for your institution, you can enable the Canvas and Dropbox integration. To enable the integration, you need to first install the Dropbox app in Canvas from either the Edu App Marketplace or the deployment or course settings in Canvas. Once you’ve installed the Dropbox app, you can enable the integration.

To enable the Canvas and Dropbox integration:

  1. Log in to Canvas.
  2. Click Admin in the left sidebar.
  3. Click Developer Keys.
  4. Click the Inherited tab.
  5. Toggle Dropbox to On.
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