Envira Gallery Documentation

Documentation, Reference Materials and Tutorials for Envira Gallery

Dropbox Importer Addon

Are you an avid Dropbox user? Did you know that you can connect Envira Gallery with your Dropbox to upload images seamlessly to your WordPress website? The Dropbox Importer Addon for Envira Gallery connects to two perfectly.

Storing your library of images can be a challenge, especially if your image files are large. Online cloud storage options like Dropbox allow you to access your photos from any device, while keeping them safe and secure from the hardware failures that can happen with external hard drives.

Before Envira Gallery’s Dropbox Importer Addon, uploading your Dropbox images to WordPress first meant downloading them to your device. This Envira Gallery feature reduces your uploading time, which means more time to customize your galleries and edit and take photos.

This doc details how to import images from your Dropbox account straight to your Envira galleries.


  • Envira Gallery paid version (Pro or higher)
  • WordPress 4.9+
  • Envira Gallery 1.8.0+

Please follow our instructions on how to install and activate addons. In this instance, you’ll need to activate the Envira Dropbox Importer Addon.

Once you’ve activated the addon, you’ll need to give Envira Gallery permission to access your Dropbox. This authentication code comes from Dropbox, but you’ll need to request it from the Envira Gallery plugin page.

Navigate to your WordPress Admin Dashboard, then choose Envira Gallery » Settings. From the Setting page, select the Dropbox tab.

Remember to activate the Dropbox Addon first. If you don’t, you won’t see this Dropbox tab in your Envira Gallery settings.

You'll need to get an authenticaion code in order to use the Dropbox Importer addon for Envira

Within the Dropbox tab, click the Get Code button. A new browser window will open directing you to the next step.

On this new screen, Dropbox will ask if you’d like to give Envira Gallery permission to use your Dropbox images. Click the Allow button.

When you click Allow, you’ll be given a code. Copy this code, as you’ll need it for the next step.

Copy the code for the Dropbox Importer Addon to give Envira the correct permission

Now that you’ve copied your code, head back to the Dropbox tab by clicking Envira Gallery » Settings » Dropbox Tab from your WordPress Admin Dashboard. Then, paste the code you just copied from Dropbox into the Code field. Click the Save Code button.

When you’re done, you’ll see a success message letting you know that your Dropbox account is now linked.

You'll see a success message when the Dropbox authentication code is saved and can always unlink your Dropbox account here too

Should you ever need to unlink your account in the future, just click the Unlink Dropbox Account button from this page.

From this Dropbox tab, you can also enable to show your image thumbnails or just the file icons by checking the box for Show Thumbnails.

Enabling to Show Thumbnails may cause slowness when loading larger Dropbox folders.

If you click the Show Thumbnails option, remember to also click the Save Settings button to save the changes.

Now, you’re ready to create your first gallery using your Dropbox images!

To begin, create a new gallery or edit an existing one. Follow along with our documentation for creating your first gallery if you’re new to Envira Gallery.

Inside the gallery creation page, click the Select Files from Other Image Sources button in the file uploader.

Click the Select Files from Other Source to choose Dropbox as your import source

A pop up window will open where you’ll be able to select the Insert from Dropbox link on the left sidebar. Now, you can view your available files and directories.

Just select the images you want to use in your gallery, then click the Insert Into Gallery button.

Select the images from your Dropbox account and insert them into your gallery

Envira will insert your Dropbox images into your gallery. It will also import them to your WordPress Media Library so that you can use those images on any post, page or widget area on your website.

Once you’ve uploaded your images, you can continue setting up your gallery by running through the configuration tabs and applying your gallery settings.

When you’re ready, click Publish or Update on your gallery to save the changes.

A Dropbox gallery looks just like any other gallery you’ve created with Envira. The only difference is how the images were imported!

Would you like to customize the styling on the gallery images you’ve just imported? Take a look at our tutorial on How to use Black & White Filter for Envira Gallery Images.


A: Envira Dropbox Importer requires that you grant Envira read only access to all images in your Dropbox account via an activation code.


A: In short, no. Envira Dropbox Importer only allows you to import images from Dropbox into WordPress Media Library.


A: There are several ways to improve the successful and quick browsing of your directories.

  1. Navigate to the Envira Gallery » Settings » Dropbox tab and make sure that the option for showing thumbnails is unchecked. While it’s nice to see a preview of the image, in large galleries, this can cause performance and loading issues.
  2. If your directory has a large number of images, then it will be slow to load on your site. You may want to consider reorganizing your images into separate folders in Dropbox. This will allow Envira Dropbox Addon to work more quickly for your convenience.
  3. If the above recommendations don’t resolve the issue, check to make sure that you do not have a large image file (100MB+) in the directory that you are viewing.

A: This is most likely a large image file. Dropbox doesn’t allow thumbnails of images over 20MB in size.


A: There are some limitations. Files over 20MB may take longer or fail with the [object Object] error. In some cases, adding the following to your wp-config.php in the main WordPress installation directory may resolve the issue:

define('WP_MEMORY_LIMIT', '500M');
define('WP_MAX_MEMORY_LIMIT', '500M');

Before adding this, check with your host about any memory restrictions that they may have.


A: No. The Dropbox Importer Addon can only import image files (png, jpg, jpeg, gif) at this time.

Changelog

1.3.3 (02-05-2020)

  • Fix: Plugin updater revised.

1.3.2 (11-12-2019)

  • Fix: Removed HTML in text description and resolved thumbnail preview issue.

1.3.1 (06-05-2019)

  • Fix: Code clean up, minor bug fixes, enhanced security.

1.3.0 (04-10-2018)

  • Added: Fancybox3 support.
  • Fix: Minor bug fixes.

1.2.0 (10-18-2017)

  • Fix: Minor bug fixes.

1.1.8 (2017-06-27)

  • Updated: Uses new Dropbox v2 API. Note: must re-connect with Dropbox API.
  • Added: Option to turn on/off thumbnails.

1.1.7.1 (2016-11-03)

  • Fix: Cases where image titles with apostrophes break image
  • Fix: Various minor bug fixes

1.1.7 (2016-04-16)

  • Fix: Prevent success / error notices on Settings screen from jumping

1.1.6 (2016-03-17)

  • Refactored code for "Insert from Other Image Sources” for better performance
  • Added: Better error reporting on import routine

1.1.5 (2016-03-03)

  • Fix: HTML characters on authorisation notices wrongly encoded

1.1.4 (2016-02-25)

  • Updated: Spanish Translations

1.1.3 (2016-01-14)

  • Fix: Display error message if search fails

1.1.2 (2015-12-23)

  • Updated: Spanish translations

1.1.1 (2015-12-10)

  • Updated: Spanish Translation
  • Fix: Display errors when inserting instead of throwing JS error

1.1.0 (2015-12-03)

  • Added: Compat with Envira Gallery 1.4.0+ new media view / selection tool
  • Added: Spanish translation

1.0.2 (2015-11-19)

  • Fix: Compat with BackupBuddy backups

1.0.1 (2015-10-07)

  • Fix: Set URL as image when importing image from Dropbox, so that it works in Lightbox mode

1.0.0 (2015-10-29)

  • Initial release of the addon.