Sometimes I use a simple editor like Notepad++ to edit my webpages on Dropbox.

Notepad++, not being an über-editor or IDE, does not track file changes for me.

But Dropbox does!!

Has anybody written a tool that is able to quickly view version history for a particular file in Dropbox? After all, saving to Dropbox is essentially like doing a commit to VCS.

Does anybody know if Dropbox exposes any API for querying past versions of a file?


You can use the current provided REST API of Dropbox

  • This is nice. I envision a web-service that can provide a quick visual incremental diff interface. Sucks that you can't see all history without paying extra though (but that's understandable) – Steven Lu May 9 '12 at 19:50
  • @StevenLu: Don't forget to mark right answer ;) – Dzung Nguyen May 9 '12 at 23:48
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    My real question is, who's already made a tool that does what I want? I suspect the answer is nobody (or the future me) but I'm gonna wait a bit longer. :) – Steven Lu May 10 '12 at 2:40
  • @StevenLu: Are you still waiting? I am also looking for such service or would like to participate in its development. – ps_ttf Feb 16 '16 at 7:39
  • @ps_ttf did you see my answer? Revisions works (if you are on OS X) and has great UX. Pretty sure it uses this very API. – Steven Lu Feb 16 '16 at 21:04

There is also DropboxDiff by Victor Shih.

  • DropboxDiff really solved the problem for Windows users. But recently it stopped working! Chrome says "NPAPI plugin is required by this app". – ps_ttf May 20 '16 at 9:15

Revisions is an OS X option which has a specialized interface to facilitate browsing revisions.

I found this after I posted the original question, and it does a great job satisfying my requirement of quickly finding items. I wanted to avoid using the Dropbox web interface for that purpose.

No i am not trying to plug the product (come on, it's free!) I'm just writing this to report that I found what I was looking for in this product and that it solves my problem.

It solves my problem by giving me everything I could have wished for. It clearly uses the API which was mentioned in the previously accepted answer, and does all of the heavy lifting for you so that you can take a peek at your dropbox file content history, and then get on with the rest of your life.

The one downside is that I cannot use it from my Windows PC, I have to pull out my Macbook.

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