Re: [R] Downloading a csv from Dropbox using the shareable link

From: Patrick Connolly <>
Date: Sat, 21 May 2011 12:24:19 +1200

On Fri, 20-May-2011 at 02:05PM -0400, Bryan Hanson wrote:

> Hello Kindred R Spirits...
> I'm trying to get a file (csv) from Dropbox using their shareable link
> concept. They issue a short URL that goes to a web page where you see a
> button that says "Download File". They don't really give you the URL of
> the file itself, just this page. Is there a way to coax R into getting
> such a file? I don't even really want the file per se, I just want a

Dropbox allows you to share folders with other Dropbox users who would then have access to your file/s as a file/s on their individual computers. It would mean that any collaborator would have to have a Dropbox account and they'd all end up downloading the file. If there aren't too many for you to individually invite and it's not excessive bandwidth for them to download that many copies of the file, it would be easily done. (You might even get yourself some more diskspace on Dropbox by inviting other users.)

You'd have to think about whose version has what effect on others but without knowing your objectives, it's impossible for me to say what's the best approach.

> path to the file so I can reference it for Sweave purposes and read the
> contents into an object. Seems like a job for RCurl but I have little
> experience and this seems like an odd case anyway.
> By the way, I want to do this as a way to have several people on
> different computers run a .Rnw file that needs to access common data set
> w/o changing the path to the file each time a different person opens the
> file and works on it. Perhaps there is another way of doing this.
> Thanks for any suggestions. Bryan
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> DePauw University
> Greencastle IN 46135 USA
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