tDropboxPut properties - 6.1

Talend Components Reference Guide

Talend Big Data
Talend Big Data Platform
Talend Data Fabric
Talend Data Integration
Talend Data Management Platform
Talend Data Services Platform
Talend ESB
Talend MDM Platform
Talend Open Studio for Big Data
Talend Open Studio for Data Integration
Talend Open Studio for Data Quality
Talend Open Studio for ESB
Talend Open Studio for MDM
Talend Real-Time Big Data Platform
Data Governance
Data Quality and Preparation
Design and Development
Talend Studio

Component family




This component uploads data to Dropbox from either a local file or a given data flow.


The tDropboxPut component uploads files to a Dropbox account.

Basic settings

Use existing connection

Select this check box and in the Component List click the relevant connection component to reuse the connection details you already defined.


Access token

Enter the access token required by the Dropbox account you need to connect to. This access token allows the Studio to make Dropbox API calls for that Dropbox account.

Note that a Dropbox App should have been created under that account before generating the access token. For further information about a Dropbox access token, see


Use HTTP proxy

If you are using a proxy, select this check box and enter the host and port information of that proxy in the corresponding fields that are displayed.


Path (File only)

Enter the path pointing to the file you need to write contents in. This file will be created on the fly if it does not exist.

Note that the path string should start with a slash (/). It is the root folder of the Dropbox App for which you are using the current access token.


Upload mode

Select upload mode to be used:

  • Rename if existing: the uploaded file is automatically renamed. For example, a file named test.txt might be renamed to test (1).txt.

  • Replace if existing: the uploaded file replaces the existing one.

  • Update specified revision: the file you are uploading is used to update a specific revision of that file. If the revision you specify is the latest revision, then the existing file on Dropbox is replaced; if it is an older revision, the file you are uploading is renamed to indicate that a conflict is encountered; if the revision does not exist, an error is returned.


Upload incoming content as file

Select this radio button to read data directly from the input flow of the preceding component and write the data into the file specified in the Path field.


Schema and Edit schema

A schema is a row description. It defines the number of fields (columns) to be processed and passed on to the next component. The schema is either Built-In or stored remotely in the Repository.

Note that the schema of this component is read-only with a single column named content and it receives data from the content column of its input schema only. This means that you must use a content column in the input data flow to carry the data to be uploaded. This type of column is typically provided by the tFileInputRaw component. For further information, see tFileInputRaw.

The Schema field is not available when you have selected the Expose as OutputStream or the Upload local file radio button.


Upload local file

Select this radio button to upload a locally stored file to Dropbox. In the File field that is displayed, you need to enter the path or browse to this file.


Expose as OutputStream

Select this check box to expose the output stream of this component as a variable named OUTPUTSTREAM so that the other components can reuse this variable to write the contents to be uploaded into the exposed output stream.

For example, you can use the Use output stream feature of the tFileOutputDelimited component to feed a given tDropboxPut's exposed output stream. For further information, see tFileOutputDelimited.

Advanced settings

tStatCatcher Statistics

Select this check box to collect log data at the component level.

Global Variables

ERROR_MESSAGE: the error message generated by the component when an error occurs. This is an After variable and it returns a string. This variable functions only if the Die on error check box is cleared, if the component has this check box.

OUTPUTSTREAM: the contents of the uploaded file. This is a Flow variable and it returns an object.

Note that this OUTPUTSTREAM variable is available only when the Expose as OutStream check box has been selected.

A Flow variable functions during the execution of a component while an After variable functions after the execution of the component.

To fill up a field or expression with a variable, press Ctrl + Space to access the variable list and choose the variable to use from it.

For further information about variables, see Talend Studio User Guide.


This component is used either standalone in a Subjob to directly upload a local file to Dropbox or as an end component of a Job flow to upload given data being handled in this flow.