Synchronize with Dropbox

Keep your files on Nuvolos in sync with your Dropbox account, enabling seamless transition between work on Nuvolos and your local computer.

Mount-based Dropbox integration is the only supported Dropbox integration for all Nuvolos users since 2023 August. This documentation is only kept online for clarification purposes.

Nuvolos supports synchronising files with your Dropbox account. In order to enable synchronisation, go to the Account > Settings > Dropbox Sync and click the Enable button.

Nuvolos will have its own special folder inside Dropbox, to avoid requesting access to your complete Dropbox account. According to the convention of Dropbox, files synced with Nuvolos will be stored under the Apps > folder in your Dropbox account. The Organization > Space > Instance hierarchy will be reflected inside the Apps > folder.

Once your account is linked, whenever a Nuvolos application is started (if you already have the application running, then stop it and restart it) the synchronisation to Dropbox will begin as well.

Whilst for most cases instantaneous bidirectional synchronization will happen between Nuvolos and Dropbox, currently the following limitations apply to Dropbox synchronisation:

  • Files created outside your application (e.g. uploaded on the web interface, created by a co-author, distributed from another instance) will only be synchronised once the application is restarted.

  • The synchronisation only runs if your application is running.

You can unlink your Dropbox account anytime at Account > Settings > Dropbox Sync. Applications started after unlinking will not connect to Dropbox, running applications will still have a connection until restarted.

When unlinking your account, no data is removed from your Dropbox. This means you can re-link your Dropbox account and continue where you left off.

Restoring Nuvolos snapshots

Restoring Nuvolos snapshots requires special care if Dropbox integration is enabled, as otherwise, the Dropbox version of the files (more recent) will overwrite the restored files.

If Dropbox integration is enabled, proceed as follows to restore from a snapshot:

  1. In Nuvolos, restore the snapshot - this will also automatically stop applications.

  2. In Dropbox (website or local application), delete the instance folder (located at: Apps > > [Your Org] > [Your space] > [ Your Instance ] )

  3. In Nuvolos navigate to the Files view and select "Personal" instead of "Workspace". Then check the "Show hidden files" option Still in the Nuvolos Files view, delete the .local > share > maestralfolder

  4. In Nuvolos, start your application. Upon the successful start, the Dropbox synchronisation service in Nuvolos will recreate the instance folder. Next, the synchronisation with Dropbox for the restored files shall resume.

Excluding files

Files can be excluded from synchronisation by editing the hidden file /files/.mignore

This file follows the same syntax as .gitignore.

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