Download Dropbox file with cURL

OCTOBER 14, 2022

Here's how to download a Dropbox file from a shared Dropbox link using the command-line interface with cURL.

The first thing we need is a shared link from Dropbox of a folder or file we want to download. These links end in dl=0. Swap the zero for a one to force the link to be a download link, i.e., dl=1.

!curl -L \
  -o \[hash]?dl=1
  • The -L flag tells cURL to follow Dropbox's link redirect
  • specifies the file name and extension; make sure to use the zip extension if you're downloading a folder or the file's corresponding extension if you're downloading a single file, e.g., jpg or pdf