Using Dropbox as Repository in Moodle


Problem:

By default the size of file, which could be uploaded in Moodle is limited. In this tutorial, we will be exploring the possibility of using Dropbox as a repository to overcome the limitation.

Procedure:

Log in as an administrator to the Moodle site. Go to Site Administration then click on Plugins



In the section Repositories, click on Manage repositories


Enable the Dropbox Dropbox and make it visible


In your favourite browser type https://www.dropbox.com/developers/apps
Once authenticated, click on My apps then click on the create app button


Choose Dropbox API


We will create a folder to which the created application will have access


We give a name to the folder then click on the Create app button


Write down the “App key” and the “App secret” generated by Dropbox. They shall be used in Moodle settings

Type in the URI for the oAuth authentication


Our app is created in Dropbox.


Under Applications


Dropbox has automatically created a folder with the same name as the application we just created



This is where we have to put the large files to be uses in Moodle.



Let us go back Moodle




Click on Settings

Type in the “App key” and the “App secret” which we wrote down earlier.




The repository is ready and can be used to upload large files into Moodle.

Once we want to upload a file, the displayed pop-up contains the Dropbox repository. For instance, I have uploaded two large pdf files to Dropbox. We can see that the size exceeds the 8Mb limit.



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