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Download entire folders on dropbox.com

You can download the entire contents of a folder from dropbox.com.

Note: It's not possible to use dropbox.com to download an entire folder that's over 1 GB or that has over 10,000 files. If the folder is in your account, use the Dropbox desktop application to download the entire folder to your computer automatically.

Using dropbox.com

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Navigate to the folder you want to download.
  3. Click on the empty space to the right of the folder's name to select it. (Clicking on the folder name or icon will open the folder instead.)
  4. Click Download from the blue bar that appears at the top of the file browser

Your browser will download the folder as a single compressed file, known as a ZIP file. The file will be named after your folder but will end in .zip. You can find the file wherever your browser normally downloads files, as set in your browser preferences. Once it is downloaded, open and decompress the ZIP file to access the contents of your folder

What if I see an "Open" button instead of a "Download" button?

For folders that are already synced with your computer’s local Dropbox folder, you’ll see an "Open" button rather than a "Download" button. Clicking the "Open" button will bring up the local folder in your file explorer.

Learn more about the Open button

Open button on dropbox.com

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Most operating systems these days are capable of uncompressing ZIP files without any additional software. However, if you find yourself unable to open the file, you can find numerous .zip file decompression utilities online.