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The installation default for the Dropbox sync folder is [My documents]\My Dropbox. I recall that it is possible to choose other locations however. How can I find out at run-time from my D2006 app where the user has placed his/her Dropbox folder?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

You can take a look at this post from the Dropbox forums:

Previous poster was close, but it is stored in the host.db file. Sample path from my Win7 machine:

C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\host.db

For testing, you can try out this online tool to see if you can successfully decode the base64 string:

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That's it. Cool. Thank you. – rossmcm Aug 17 '10 at 21:35
Well, have a look into the dropbox.db file. It will be worth it. – Andreas Aug 17 '10 at 21:40

I think it is stored base64 encoded in the SQLite database file located at

%APPDATA%\Dropbox\dropbox.db (Win7/Vista)

Table config column dropbox_path data format is V<dropboxpath>\np1\n. (where \n is newline char).

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According to, as of DB version 2.8 you can find the info.json file which contains

    "business": {
        "host": 123456789,
        "path": "/Users/<USERNAME>/Dropbox (<BUSINESS_NAME>)"
    "personal": {
        "host": 123456789,
        "path": "/Users/<USERNAME>/Dropbox (Personal)"

It will be in ~/.dropbox/info.json on linux/mac systems, or %APPDATA%\Dropbox\info.json or %LOCALAPPDATA%\Dropbox\info.json on Win. This is the same path where the other user found host.db.

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