How do I connect Invantive Data Loader to Dropbox?

Execute the following steps to connect Invantive Data Loader to Dropbox. You only need knowledge of Invantive Data Loader and your own business.

Dropbox is an online file storage service with integrated collaboration features. It integrates into many platforms such as Windows and MacOS.

No technical knowledge is needed nor knowledge on the Dropbox APIs to connect Dropbox to Invantive Data Loader. This step-by-step plan will tell you exactly which steps you need to go through on Invantive Cloud to create your own Azure data warehouse with data from Dropbox.

The steps to connect Invantive Data Loader to Dropbox are:

  1. Register an Invantive Cloud account.
  2. Create a Dropbox database.
  3. Make the Dropbox database available through the Microsoft OData connector.
  4. Connect Invantive Data Loader to Dropbox through the connector.
  5. Load data from Dropbox into Invantive Data Loader data warehouse.

Invantive Cloud offers a Dropbox connector to download data from Dropbox into Invantive Data Loader, but there are over 75 other connectors available also for SQL, Power BI Desktop, Power BI Service, Power Query and/or Azure Data Factory.

Do you have a large environment? For effective downloads, you can of course also filter the data using the filter step or the transform button in Invantive Data Loader.

When you are having questions, please check the forums for Dropbox. Every organisation is entitled to 1 hour of free training to help you get started. This free hour also applies to free plans.

Register Account on Invantive Cloud

Skip this step when you already have an account on Invantive Cloud. Otherwise execute the following steps one time to register an account on Invantive Cloud:

  1. Go to Invantive Cloud start page.

  2. Select the Log on-button.

  3. Select the Sign Up-button. Sign Up to Invantive Cloud.

  4. Enter your business email address. Enter business email address.

  5. Select the Next-button.

  6. Enter your personal data. Enter personal data.

  7. Select the Next-button.

  8. Enter your password and repeat the provided password.

  9. Select the Next-button. Enter two identical passwords.

  10. You will receive a six-digit verification code by email within 2 minutes.

  11. Enter the six-digit verification code. Six-digit verification code to validate email address.

  12. Select the Sign Up-button.

  13. Log on now. Sign Up.

  14. Make sure you have an authentication app installed on your phone. Select the Next-button. Prepare TOTP-configuration.

  15. Add the displayed QR code to the authentication app, enter the current verification code, and choose "Finish". Scan QR-code into TOTP-app and enter current code.

  16. Skip registration of the organization. Skip company registration.

  17. Complete your personal data and choose 'Save'. Complete personal data.

  18. Go to the dashboard. Navigate to dashboard.

  19. The Invantive Cloud dashboard will be shown.

You now have a login code on Invantive Cloud with which you can set up the connection with Dropbox and numerous other platforms. You will use the same Invantive login code and workflow for all other platforms.

Create Dropbox database

In this step, we set up a database with data from Dropbox. The database is "virtual" because it is not a traditional database, but is fed real-time from Dropbox. Invantive Cloud provides Invantive Data Loader with a real-time link to Dropbox. The database will be used for all your Dropbox reporting with Invantive Data Loader. So you only need to perform these steps once.

  1. Click the Add Database button. Add database.

  2. Select Dropbox from the list. Select Dropbox connector.

  3. Please fill out the form with login information for Dropbox.

  4. Select the OK-button.

Congratulations! You can now process data from Dropbox within the Invantive Cloud website. You can do this for example with the interactive SQL editor.

Grant connection from Invantive Data Loader access to Dropbox

To retrieve the data from Invantive Data Loader we create a link via Invantive Bridge Online. This creates a "bridge" between the cloud of Invantive and the standard OData connector that is available in every version of Invantive Data Loader. You do not need to install anything locally: no connector, no ado.NET provider and no Invantive Data Loader add-on neither.

Execute the following steps to safely use the data from Dropbox outside of Invantive Cloud:

  1. Next to the database you will find an orange text requesting you to allow access from your current location (IP address). Select the nearby orange button.

  2. You must completely disable IP address checking by entering an asterisk ("*") since Microsoft Invantive Data Loader consists of hundreds of thousands of servers across the globe.

You are now ready to import the Dropbox data into Invantive Data Loader.

Configure Invantive Data Loader connector for Dropbox

You will now pull in Invantive Data Loader data from Dropbox through the established link.

Please note again that Invantive Cloud under the hood handles all complexity such as setting up credentials such as a refresh token, acquiring an access token, optimizing and parallelizing access, accessing an API within the rate limits, scopes and security restrictions. There is absolutely no need for knowledge on complex technical topics such as OAuth access tokens or API. The Microsoft Azure Data Factory steps, activities and pipelines can be constructed using just the OData feed and basic authentication.

Execute the following steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Invantive Data Loader and select 'Ingest'. Copy Dropbox data using Microsoft Azure Data Factory activity 'Ingest'

  2. Select 'Built-in copy task'. Built-in copy using Dropbox as source

  3. Select source type 'OData' and select 'New connection'. OData connection for Dropbox to Microsoft Azure Data Factory

  4. Enter in the window the Bridge Online URL of the Invantive Data Loader database. This URL containing the data can be found in the Database-form of Invantive Cloud. Choose authentication type 'Basic authentication'. Enter the Invantive Cloud user name and password. OData URL for Dropbox with log on credentials

  5. The list of available Invantive Data Loader tables appears. Select the desired tables and construct your pipeline in Microsoft Azure Data Factory. Select Dropbox tables and process them in Microsoft Azure Data Factory