Author: Wesley Reynolds


For Mac OS X only!

The Dropbox Droplet Widget allows you to easily share large files with multiple people using the popular (and free) Dropbox service.

After setting your User ID, dragging and dropping any file or files onto the Droplet will copy the files into your public Dropbox folder to share with the world (after they finish uploading) and copies the files’ Dropbox public internet URL onto your clipboard.

To share a file, just drop the file you want to share onto the Droplet, then hit “paste” in an email or IM.

This widget is compatible with all versions of OS X that Dropbox is compatible with.


  • Download the applet using the download link in the Download section below.
  • After you have unzipped the file, open it and click Install.
  • The Dashboard should automatically open. Click Keep.
  • You should be prompted for your Dropbox user ID. An easy way to see your current user ID is to copy a public link for a file in your Dropbox Public folder and paste it in TextEditor (anywhere will do). Take note of your UserID which is marked as the bold set of numbers given in this example:
  • Click Set
  • You’re done! Now you can drag a file into the Dashboard widget and have it automatically be placed in your Public folder and a link copied to your clipboard.

Note: You can get more help by clicking the little “?” icon in the widget.

User-created video demonstrating the widget in action:


  1. How do I actually use/access the Dashboard widget? 
    Click on a file and hold the mouse button. Now press F12 and drag the file into the Dropbox widget. You could also do the following which may be more convenient: Go to  System preferences  –> Expose and Spaces –> Expose –> Set one of the  Active Screen Corners  to  Dashboard. This lets you drag a file into your chosen corner, straight into the Widget.
  2. The link in my clipboard doesn’t work! 
    Two things: First, make sure the user ID you set is correct (you can check by clicking the i in the widget). Second, make sure the file has fully uploaded first (is there a blue swirly animation on the Dropbox icon?).