6 Best Dropbox Plugins for WordPress

When you’re on the go, having access to your important files on multiple devices is crucial. Dropbox makes storing and sharing your files easy. No wonder more than 50 million people use it.

According to Dropbox, more than 1 million files are saved every three minutes and 500 million files are saved daily.

Dropbox has become an essential tool in many people’s workflow and there are a lot of WordPress plugins available to help make the most of this fantastic service.

The list below brings together many of the top plugins available for integrating WordPress with Dropbox.

WordPress Backup to Dropbox


The WordPress Backup to Dropbox plugin will backup your site’s files and a SQL dump of its databased and send it to your Dropbox account. All you need to do is choose a day, time and how often you want your backup to occur and it will all happen automatically.

You can also set where you want your backup saved within you Dropbox account and you can choose to exclude certain files or directory from the backup.

This up-to-date plugin is popular with more than 752,417 downloads from the WordPress Plugin Repository.

Backup Buddy


Backup Buddy is an extremely popular plugin from the folk at iThemes for backing up and moving WordPress.

Included in its suite of options is the ability to back up your site to Dropbox. Backup Buddy backs up the SQL database, plugins, files, themes, scripts, posts, settings, widgets, plugins, and everything else in the WordPress database and directories.

BackWPup Free - WordPress Backup Plugin


BackWPup Free is the free version of the plugin of the same name. It allows you to save your entire WordPress installation and push it to Dropbox.

This plugin is compatible with the latest version of WordPress and has attracted more than 1.1 million downloads and a 4.3 star rating in the WordPress Plugin Repository.

If you do download the free version, it’s good to keep in mind support is not available for free.

WP Dropbox Dropins


WP Dropbox Dropins gives your users the ability to save files directly from your site to their Dropbox account, and also allows users to directly upload files from their Dropbox account into your site.

In order to use this plugin you’ll need to create a Drop-in app on the Dropbox site and obtain a key.

Out-of-the-Box | Dropbox plugin for WordPress


Out-of-the-Box allows you to view, download, delete and rename files and folders in your Dropbox account directly from a WordPress page. You can even use this plugin as a file browser, gallery and audio or video player.

This plugin has a stack of features (check out the plugin site for more details) and support is quick. This is definitely a plugin worth checking out if Dropbox is an essential part of your WordPress workflow.

wp Time Machine


Like Time Machine for OS X, wp Time Machine allows you to create archives of your WordPress data and files and store them remotely. This includes copies of your MySQL database, your files (media, posts, pages) and your .htaccess file.



This list wouldn’t be complete without Snapshot, WPMU DEV’s own backup plugin. Snapshot allows you to backup your entire WordPress site to Dropbox. Downloading and setting up this plugin takes less than 10 minutes and will save you a lot of heartache if your sites breaks down.

It’s easy to restore your site from a backup with Snapshot and you can save multiple snapshots of your site if you want to keep different instances of your WordPress set up.

Comments (4)

  1. I (as the author!) would like to have seen UpdraftPlus mentioned here.

    It’s rating for the free version (4.9, after 650,000 downloads) is significantly higher than BackWPUp’s (4.3); and it added support for chunked, unlimited-size uploads to Dropbox before BackWPUp did. Unlike BackWPUp, UpdraftPlus will automatically resume a previously-started upload – which is useful if your backup is too big to upload in the time interval that your web hosting company makes available.

    As for BackupBuddy – are you kidding me? According to their website – http://ithemes.com/codex/page/BackupBuddy_Remote_Destinations:_Dropbox – they still have a 150Mb limit for archives you upload to Dropbox. The page says that this is due to a limit in the Dropbox API; but that’s not true; it’s due to BackupBuddy deciding to use one part of the API instead of a different part.

    Best wishes,
    David Anderson

  2. Great stuff, I really appreciate this kind of article. I’m currently trying to find the best mode of backing up, sharing and accessing files in a cloud-like manner. I’ve got a DreamObjects account at DreamHost (my hosting company) plus I have a Dropbox Business account with 1TB of storage so I’m trying to find the best solution that will be cost effective.

  3. hi, i was reading your article. actually ı ve read couple of your other articles too. they are really nice. you write it cyristal clean for begginers. thank you!

    im not using dropbox and im looking for a non- dropbox backup wp plugin could you pls tell me, what do you reccomend? tnx