The Dropbox Plug-in allows you to export photos from Adobe Lightroom directly to your Dropbox account.


  • Supports Export operations
  • Supports Publish operations in Lightroom 3 and above
  • Photo and Video uploads
  • Import existing folder structure from Dropbox into your Lightroom catalog
  • Provides automatic pairing of online photos with photos in your catalog
  • Generate shared links for your albums without leaving Lightroom

Requirements and Compatibility

The plugin supports both Windows and OS X, and is compatible with the following versions of Lightroom:

  • Lightroom 2 (2.4 - 2.7)
  • Lightroom 3 (3.3 - 3.6)
  • Lightroom 4, 5, 6 / CC 2015, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 / Lightroom Classic


This plug-in is released as Shareware (no source code provided). The license allows you to install the plugin on two computers, for example a desktop and a laptop computer, owned and operated by a single user.

When Lightroom is upgraded to a next major version (e.g. 9, 10, etc.), a new registration code needs to be purchased, unless your most recent purchase was made within a 3-month period before the release of the most recent Lightroom's major upgrade.

Demo Version Restrictions

You may use the unregistered (free) version at no charge for a limited time (10 days), after which you have to register the plugin in order to continue using it. Otherwise, the demo version is a full-featured product and has no other restrictions.

Support the Development

There are many ways you can support further development of this plug-in:
  • Post comments on this page
  • Submit your feedback and suggest new features to
  • And finally, don't forget to register your copy
Thank you for your participation and support!

Version History


Jan 3, 2020

(Latest Version)

  • Fixed the "Lightroom preferences file was not found" error in Lightroom 6 and 7.
  • macOS: The isntaller disk image is now properly signed and notarized for Catalina.


Nov 17, 2019

  • Lightroom 9 compatibility.


Mar 11, 2018

  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue with creating new folders.
  • Publish Service: Reclaim Photos now runs correctly.
  • Fixed the issue with creating folders that already exist on Dropbox.


Oct 23, 2017

  • Lightroom 7 Support.


Aug 4, 2017

  • Export Dialog: fixed the "attempt to index local 'fh' (a nil value)" error.
  • Now the plugin correctly handles the situation when the user exceed the storage quota at Dropbox.
  • Fixed the issue with uploading XMP sidecars.


Mar 12, 2017

  • Fixed the issue with having to re-authorize the plugin at Dropbox every time after restarting Lightroom.


Mar 6, 2017

  • Added support for large files over 150 MB in size. Now the largest file you can upload is 2 GB.
  • The default description of newly created publish services now populates correctly on the first save.
  • Other minor improvements


Feb 9, 2017

  • Fixed "HTTP Error 400" when users choose the "This folder" option (in the My Account section) but leave the path blank.
  • Other minor improvements


Jan 20, 2017

  • Fixed the issue with creating folders at Dropbox's root folder
  • Publish service: fixed the "attempt to index upvalue '?' (a nil value)" error when trying to open the settings of a folder which was removed at Dropbox


Jan 14, 2017

  • Publish Service: Added the ability to convert folders to "Super Folders" for managing photos AND other folders inside a single Dropbox folder, which Lightroom doesn't support naturally.
  • Fixed "HTTP Error Code 400" error when filenames contain Unicode characters.
  • Export Dialog: duplicate photos now handled correctly.
  • Export dialog: fixed issues with folder caching.
  • Other minor fixes.


Dec 27, 2016

  • "Manual" authorization method now works correctly
  • Republishing of a previously published image no longer creates a second copy.
  • Other minor improvements.


Dec 20, 2016

  • Fixed the "Unexpected Server problem http Error Code 400" when uploading files larger than 4 MB.
  • Publish Service: Fixed the "attempt to concatenate a nil value" error when creating a new folder at the very top level of the folder hierarchy.
  • Fixed the error when attempting to delete an album.


Dec 19, 2016

  • The plugin now uses Dropbox API v2.
  • Users with Dropbox Pro or Business accounts now can password-protect shared folders and control expiration of shared links.
  • Improved performance.
  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue with displaying thumbnails for nested folders.
  • AutoUpdate - fixed a bug preventing the installation of plugin updates in some cases.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Feb 17, 2016

  • Improved validation of the root folder selection.
  • Publish Service: Dropbox metadata will be cleared when photos are removed from published collections.
  • Metadata: The Photo URL link now forms correctly to take you to the photo preview page rather than containing folder.
  • Metadata: Added the Album URL link.
  • Fixed the "getSessionID - no session ID" error after using the "Reclaim Photos" feature.


Nov 21, 2015

  • Import Albums - fixed the issue with displaying the number of albums imported from the server.
  • Fixed the issue with uploading video files when the "Validate Image Size" option is turned on.
  • Image Size Validation - fixed the "?:0: attempt to index a nil value" error when the rendition's size is out of acceptable range.
  • Other stability fixes and improvements.


Oct 11, 2015

  • Completely redesigned the automatic update mechanism.
  • Export Dialog: implemented the ability to reload albums in a single folder.
  • Fixed a rare phenomenon in which UTF8 encoding in watermark presets caused issues with creating and editing of albums.
  • Improved the diagnostic of upload failures due to incorrect image resizing.
  • Other stability fixes and improvements.


Aug 14, 2015

  • Export dialog: fixed the "attempt to index upvalue '?' (a nil value)" error attempting to select a cached folder that no longer exists at Dropbox.
  • Fixed the issue with uploading photos when the target folder's name contains special characters.
  • Export dialog: improved validation of folder names.


Jul 11, 2015

  • Fixed the "Bad argument #1 to "match (string expected, got nil)" error when Dropbox photos have no capture time information.


Jul 9, 2015

  • Associate Images: now supports pairing by capture time.
  • Associate Images: new option for resolving conflicts - use the last edited version before the upload.
  • Fixed the issue with authentication in Lightroom 2 and 3.
  • The authentication prompt appears less frequently.
  • Export Dialog: some optimizations in the album caching mechanism.
  • Other internal improvements.


Jun 18, 2015

  • Fixed the "?:0 attempt to perform arithmetic on global 'count'" error during the export.


Jun 16, 2015

  • Fixed the "Yielding across C/metamethod is not allowed" error when quickly switching between publish providers or export presets
  • The plugin handles slower connections better and automatically extends upload timeout value when necessary.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jun 7, 2015

  • Improved the image size validation mechanism. Now size validation works correctly when rendering uploads from smart previews and when doing percentage-based resize (Lightroom 6).
  • Now you can map the folder hierarchy to any Dropbox folder, previously there were only two choices: root folder of the account or the Photos folder.
  • Added support for video uploads in DPX and original (unedited) format.
  • Improved the session management mechanism in order to minimize possible issues with asynchronous operations.
  • Reclaim Photos: fixed an occasional deadlock situation when running Reclaim Photos using multiple threads.
  • Lightroom 6: fixed internal error "attempt to compare nil with number" on export when using "percentage" as the resize type.


May 16, 2015

  • Implemented an alternative authentication method for folks having issues with automatic redirection from the web browser back to Lightroom after completing authorization at Dropbox.
  • Reclaim Photos - now creates folders on the hard drive to match the hierarchy of Dropbox folders.
  • Export Dialog: Fixed a rare occasional reset of the album cache.
  • Fixed the issue with authentication in some situations.


Apr 21, 2015

  • Users are required to re-authorize less frequently.
  • Export Dialog: fixed a minor issue with the layout under Mac OS.
  • Export Dialog: fixed a rare issue with the gallery menu staying grayed out.


Apr 19, 2015

  • Puiblish Service: fixed the issue with using global watermarks in folder-specific settings.
  • Improved validation of folder names to prevent the & character, which causes name truncation at Dropbox.


Apr 11, 2015

  • Fixed the issue with publishing.


Apr 9, 2015

  • Added a configuration option allowing to suppress upload errors until the very end of export operations.
  • Export: Large uploads didn't respect the "create new files" option.
  • Fixed the issue with dropping suffixes from filenames when the name contains a period.
  • Fixed the issue with video uploads.
  • Improved name sanitizing for exported files.
  • Changed terminology (albums - folders) to avoid confusion with the new "Albums" feature of Dropbox.


Mar 4, 2015

  • Require to re-authenticate less often.
  • Publish Service: album-specific resolution settings didn't stick.
  • Export Settings: added low/high pixel threshold options for validading image size.


Feb 28, 2015

  • Fixed the "Unexpected Server problem http Error Code 400" error when uploading photos.


Feb 28, 2015

  • Added support for extremely large files (over 150 MB in size).
  • Added the "Validate Image Sizing setting" option controlling the "Oversized Image" warning during the export.
  • Updated authentication mechanism from OAuth 1.0 to OAuth 2.0 for better performance and easier operation.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jan 8, 2015

  • Added support for DNG uploads.
  • Implemented automatic handling of XMP sidecars when uploading images in camera raw format.
  • Export Dialog: minor improvements.
  • Other minor fixes.


Dec 17, 2014

  • Export Dialog: The "New Album" doesn't display an explanatory error message when the Create button is disabled.
  • Export Dialog: Minor fixes and improvements of the album caching algorithm.
  • Other minor fixes.


Dec 12, 2014

  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue with creating subfolders.
  • Publish Service: Improves support for watermarks when Lightroom presets are stored with the catalog.
  • SSL Vulnerability detection dialog - fixed the error after applying the solution.
  • Other minor bug fixes and improvements.


Nov 19, 2014

  • Export Dialog: possible stack overflow when reloading the folder hierarchy from the server.
  • Export Dialog: newly created album does not show up in the list.
  • Export Dialog: album disappears from the list after running the export.
  • Other minor improvements.


Nov 18, 2014

  • Improved error handling.
  • Fixed an intermittent issue with authenticating the user.
  • Export Dialog: Fixed the "attempt to call method 'addSessionAlbum'(nil value)" when creating new folders.
  • Other minor improvements.


Nov 16, 2014

  • Implemented "POODLE" (SSL Vulnerability) detection and remediation.
  • Export Dialog: implemented persistent caching. Once loaded from the server, album information is stored locally for quick access.
  • Export Dialog: new Quick Filter feature which enables you to search albums using a text string.
  • Export Dialog: improved the layout.
  • New Album Dialog: Now you can paste the name of the currently selected folder or collection with a single click.
  • Other minor improvements.


Sep 8, 2014

  • Implemented throttling of the rendering queue to protect against high disk space consumption during large exports (Lightroom 5).
  • Export Dialog: implemented persistent caching to minimize server requests when loading folder information.
  • Export Dialog: now displays progress information showing the number of folders retrieved from the server.
  • Export Dialog: fixed the "The requested resource no longer exists on the server" error when the selected folder contains raw images.
  • Export Dialog: album thumbnails sometimes do not show up (Windows, Lightroom 5.6).
  • Improved verbosity of error messages when authorization fails.
  • My Account section: now displays space utilization info.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jun 29, 2014

  • Export dialog: redesigned navigation between foldersFixed the issue with switching account information when working with multiple publishing services configured for different accounts.
  • Fixed: chosing the "Only the Photos folder" option when the folder doesn't exist at Dropbox may cause a "The requested resource no longer exists on the server" error.
  • Fixed the issue with switching account information when working with multiple publishing services configured for different accounts.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jun 11, 2014

  • Fixed "HTTP Error 403" during authentication.
  • Fixes issues with the automatic update mechanism.
  • Other minor improvements.


Apr 24, 2014

  • Publish Service: fixed the error when creating albums within album sets.


Apr 1, 2014

  • Publish Service: fixed the "attempt to compare string with number" error when using album specific resolution settings.


Mar 17, 2014

  • Fixed the iusse with authorizing the user in some cases.


Mar 13, 2014

  • New major feature - Reclaim Photos. This feature enables you to download photos from Dropbox to your hard drive.
  • Export Dialog - fixed the issue with navigating to the top folder in the album hierarchy.
  • Other minor improvements.


Feb 5, 2014

  • Associate Images: Now you can fine-tune association by File Number Suffix using pattern matching.
  • Added the ability to initiate multiple uploads in parallel.
  • Added support for print resolutions.
  • Improved handling of name collisions when renaming albums.
  • Fixed the issue with applying automatic plugin updates.
  • Fixed the issue with creating multiple publishing services for different accounts.
  • Other minor improvements.


Jan 9, 2014

  • Fixed the issue with creating shared album links.
  • Other fixes and minor improvements.


Dec 25, 2013

  • Now you can choose a color space when uploading photos.
  • Publish Service - added the ability to customize sharpening options for individual albums.


Dec 14, 2013

  • Improved session management (the user is prompted to authorize less frequently).
  • Improved the Automatic Update feature for future plugin versions.
  • Fixed the "Access to an undefined variable: params" error when creating public links for a photo.


Nov 24, 2013

  • Now the plugin can resume connection with Dropbox after a long period of inactivity.
  • Fixed: Unable to create albums at the top level.
  • Fixed: The plugin is asking to login every time on Export.


Nov 11, 2013

  • Now you can upload RAW files.
  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue with creating albums at lower levels of the album hierarchy.
  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue creating new albums when there are deleted albums in the folder.


Nov 8, 2013

  • Fixed the issue with republishing photos after moving albums from one parent album to another.
  • Fixed the issue with publishing to albums that were deleted from Dropbox.
  • Improved the handling of large uploads.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Aug 29, 2013

  • Fixed the "You do not have enough permission on the server to access this function. Access has been denied." error when there is no Photos folder in the account.
  • Other minor fixes and improvements.


Jul 14, 2013

  • Publish Service: now you can customize metadata and watermarking options individually for each album.
  • Now "Export with Previous" after creating new albums works correctly.
  • Fixed the "attempt to index a nil value" error when using a particular combination of album-specific resize options.
  • Other minor improvements and fixes.


Jun 7, 2013

  • Added the ability to upload photos in their original format (without applying any conversion or resizing), provided the photos are already in the supported format (JPEG or TIFF).
  • Publish Service: now image settings (size, resolution, quality level, image format, color space) can be individually customized for each album.
  • Opening the Lightroom Publishing Manager panel and logging into Dropbox no longer triggers the "Not Saved" status unless you actually modify one of the publishing options.
  • Extras - Import Album Structure now works much faster, especially with a very large number of albums in the account.
  • Improved the handling of a Windows specific HTTP Error 12032 (the action must be retried).
  • Other minor improvements and fixes.


Feb 6, 2013

  • Publish Service: now "Check Photos" clears Dropbox Metadata fields if photos are no longer published through the Dropbox publishing service.
  • Publish Service: the "Associate Images" dialog has been redesigned to reduce the size of the dialog window.
  • Publish Service: fixed the issue with renaming unpublished albums.
  • Other minor improvements and fixes.


Dec 17, 2012

  • Added support for the TIFF format.
  • Added the option to manage all Dropbox folders as photo and video albums.
  • Publish Service - All "extras" functions such as Import Albums, Associate Images, Check Photos, etc. are now available right from the Publish Service Settings panel within Lightroom Publishing Manager.
  • Extras - Associate Photos: The photo matching algorithm has been significantly improved to provide a faster and more accurate matching, particularly when file names contain spaces and other non-alphanumeric characters.
  • Extras - Associate Photos: Added a new method of resolving conflicts - now you can prioritize pairing of rendered copies (JPEG and TIFF) over raw originals.
  • Extras - Associate Photos: Added a new matching method "by File Number Suffix" which compares only numeric image suffixes when searching for candidates.
  • Fixed the issues with deleting published collection when the corresponding online folder is already removed.
  • Other minor improvements and fixes.


Nov 11, 2012

  • Added support for video uploads.
  • Improved the display of photo rendering and uploading phases on Lightroom's progress indicator.
  • Export Dialog: fixed the issue with renaming albums.
  • Windows OS: Fixed the issue with installing the plugin when the username contains accented characters.
  • Windows OS: Fixed the issue with installing the plugin under a non-admin user account.


Sep 27, 2012

  • Added a safeguard against the situation when the Photos folder is missing.
  • Improved the validation of album names for leading or trailing spaces.
  • A number of minor fixes and improvements.


Jul 18, 2012

  • Improved the handling of server errors when you attempt to create an album with a duplicate name.
  • Publish Service: Fixed the issue with moving albums between album sets.


Jul 6, 2012

  • A few minor fixes.


Jul 3, 2012

This is the first official (non-beta) release of the plugin.

  • Extras: Added the ability to "Associate Images" in selected albums only (as opposed to all albums).
  • Minor text revisions.
  • Fixed a few compatibility issues with Lightroom 2.

1.0.5 (BETA)

Jun 24, 2012

  • Fixed the error when attempting to create a new album and there are no photo albums in the account.
  • Fixed the error with renaming published collections.
  • Improved handling of deleted albums.

1.0.4 (BETA)

Jun 17, 2012

  • Authentication: The "Token is not an authorized request token" error when the user attempts to proceed before completing the authorization process at Dropbox is replaced with a more meaningful message.
  • Implemented validation of album names based on Dropbox recommendations.

1.0.3 (BETA)

Jun 10, 2012

  • Export Dialog: Fixed the "attempt to yield across metamethod/C-call boundary" error in some situations.
  • Export Dialog: Fixed related error "We can only wait from within a task" in some situations.

1.0.2 (BETA)

Jun 9, 2012

  • Publish: Photo URLs for "Go to Photo in Dropbox" are now generated correctly.
  • Export and Publish: Added the ability to create album links for sharing.
  • Publish: Added the ability to create photo links for sharing and direct access via "Go to Photo in Dropbox".
  • Export Dialog: Improved the UI for creating nested albums.
  • Improved performance and eliminated unnecessary server operations.

1.0.1 (BETA)

May 29, 2012

  • Fixed the issue with using Unicode and control characters in album names.
  • Export Dialog: fixed the error when switching export destinations using the "Export To" drop-down list.

1.0.0 (BETA)

May 21, 2012

This is the first public release of the plug-in.