How to view file activity in Dropbox

Updated Mar 22, 2024
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This article describes a feature available to all Dropbox users on

File activity is a list of all activity on a file, folder, or project. It includes any time a file is:

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View file activity

  1. Log in to
  2. Click a file to open its preview.
  3. Click File in the top-left corner.
  4. Click Activity.
    • The Activity tab will open on the left, where you can see who performed an action and when the action happened. 

You can also see sharing actions, including when:

  • The file was shared
  • Member roles changed
  • The file was unshared

If you’ve enabled viewer info, you can also see who viewed a file and whether they're currently viewing that file.

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  • Edits aren’t recorded in file history if a file is downloaded and edited outside of Dropbox.
  • Viewing activity (whether someone else viewed a file) will only be available if viewer info is enabled for that individual file.
  • File owners and people who have Can edit access see all file activity.
  • People who have Can view access can't see file activity.

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