Warning: The Datastore API has been deprecated. Learn more.
The Datastore API lets you effortlessly sync all of your app's structured data such as contacts, to-do items, and game state. It enables your app to sync data quickly, manage conflicting changes, and even work offline.
Before building an app using the Datastore API, you'll need to create an app on the App Console.
The Datastore API requires Android API 10 or later.
Download the Datastore API Android SDK linked above. The necessary libraries are located in the libs directory of the SDK package. The .jar file in the libs directory contains the Java classes which make up the Android SDK. The subdirectories contain the native components, built for each supported Android platform. You can safely omit some of them if you know which platforms your app needs to support ("armeabi" is the most common).
To allow Eclipse to display Javadoc documentation for SDK classes, you can create a dropbox-sync-sdk-android.jar.properties file in your project's libs directory containing a path to the javadoc directory of the Android SDK package as follows.
# Replace the path below with the correct path on your system doc=../../../dropbox-sync-sdk-android/javadoc
Once you've added the SDK to your project, jump to the "Required changes to AndroidManifest.xml" section to complete the setup.
The following instructions apply to version 0.9.2 of Android Studio and version 0.14.1 of the Android tools plugin for Gradle. If you're using a different version, you may need to modify some of the steps.
Read on for other changes you need to make to your project before using the SDK.
The Datastore API needs permission to access the Internet. Additionally, a few SDK components need to be published so that Android can find them. Here are the two snippets to add to your AndroidManifest.xml.
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.INTERNET" /> <uses-permission android:name="android.permission.ACCESS_NETWORK_STATE" />
<activity android:name="com.dropbox.sync.android.DbxAuthActivity" /> <activity android:name="com.dropbox.client2.android.AuthActivity" android:theme="@android:style/Theme.Translucent.NoTitleBar" android:launchMode="singleTask" > <intent-filter> <data android:scheme="db-APP_KEY" /> <action android:name="android.intent.action.VIEW" /> <category android:name="android.intent.category.BROWSABLE" /> <category android:name="android.intent.category.DEFAULT" /> </intent-filter> </activity> <service android:name="com.dropbox.sync.android.DbxSyncService" android:enabled="true" android:exported="false" android:label="Dropbox Sync" />