How to Download your Entire Dropbox in One go

Whether you’re moving away from Dropbox, or simply creating a local copy of its contents, you’ll first have to download everything in it. While this might sound like a daunting task, it’s actually quite easy to download your entire Dropbox – but there are some limitations.

You can only download a folder if it’s less than 20 GB in size and contains less than 10,000 files. Most Dropbox users shouldn’t have a problem with these limitations but power-users might have to work around them by downloading some folders individually.

In this article, we’ll show you how to download your entire Dropbox in one go and also how to download individual folders.

How to Download All Files & Folders in your Dropbox at Once

To download all files and folders from Dropbox at once, you simply need to select them all first and then click the Download button that appears. Below, we’ll walk you through this process step-by-step:

  1. First, open in the web browser of your choice and sign into your account.
  2. Select All files in the leftmost menu. If you’re on a smaller device, you’ll first need to click the Hamburger menu icon to reveal the menu.
    Dropbox Web Hamburger Menu Icon
    Dropbox Web All Files in Leftmost Menu
  3. Hover your mouse over the header row in the list of your files (where “Name”, “Modified”, and “Who can access are shown”) and check the box that appears to the left of Name. This will select all files in your Dropbox.
    Dropbox Web Select All Checkbox Next to Name Column Header
  4. Now, with your entire Dropbox selected, click the Download button that appears above your files and folders.
    Dropbox Web Download Button with Entire Dropbox Selected

After clicking the download button, Dropbox will compress all your files into a .zip file and start the download. When finished, you can move the file containing your entire Dropbox to wherever your please. To access the files from the archive, simply unzip the .zip file.

How to Download Individual Folders from Dropbox

If you can’t download your entire Dropbox due to size constraints, you can download individual folders instead. Doing so is even easier then downloading everything at once – here’s how, step-by-step:

  1. With Dropbox open, click All Files in the menu at the left. On smaller display’s, you’ll first have to expand the Hamburger menu icon in the upper left corner to reveal the menu.
    Dropbox Web All Files in Leftmost Menu
  2. Locate the folder you wish to download and hover your mouse over it until 3 dots appear to the right. Click the 3 dots and then select Download.
    Dropbox Web Download in Folder Ellipsis Menu

If you have individual folders that are over the 20 GB size limit, or contain more than 10,000 files, then you can try the following instead:

  1. Split up the contents of the folder by creating new folders and moving some of the files to these new folders and downloading them separately.
  2. Download the Dropbox desktop client and sync the contents of your Dropbox to a folder on your PC.


Thankfully, Dropbox makes it relatively easy to quickly download your entire Dropbox. While there are some limitations, hopefully this guide has shown you a few ways you can work around them.

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