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What are DROPBOX files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a DROPBOX file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your DROPBOX files.

What is a DROPBOX file?

A .dropbox file is automatically created by the Dropbox client software. This is a program for uploading and downloading files to and from your computer and the Dropbox cloud storage service. These DROPBOX files contain data that's used by the Dropbox client software for synchronizing files stored in your local machine with the Dropbox cloud storage service, and this effectively speeds up data transfers.A .dropbox file also contains data that's used by the Dropbox client program to transfer files to and from your computer and the Dropbox cloud storage service. These data transmissions are performed by these programs through Internet file transfer protocols. This also means a .dropbox file may contain data that's used to encrypt these data transmissions.DROPBOX files aren't meant to be opened. These do not contain any useful data. It's best to leave these DROPBOX files as they are, in order for the Dropbox client program and the Dropbox cloud service to function properly.

How to open DROPBOX files

Important: Different programs may use files with the DROPBOX file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your DROPBOX file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested two different DROPBOX openers which you will find listed below.

Last updated: July 31, 2023

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of DROPBOX files. Remember, different programs may use DROPBOX files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Adobe AcrobatAdobe AcrobatUser submitted
GOM PlayerGOM PlayerUser submitted

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