Dropbox API Downloading a file with progress information using the SwiftyDropbox library


Adapted from the tutorial, this uses the SwiftyDropbox library to download a file, with a progress callback on the download method to get progress information:

// Download a file
let destination : (NSURL, NSHTTPURLResponse) -> NSURL = { temporaryURL, response in
    let fileManager = NSFileManager.defaultManager()
    let directoryURL = fileManager.URLsForDirectory(.DocumentDirectory, inDomains: .UserDomainMask)[0]
    // generate a unique name for this file in case we've seen it before
    let UUID = NSUUID().UUIDString
    let pathComponent = "\(UUID)-\(response.suggestedFilename!)"
    return directoryURL.URLByAppendingPathComponent(pathComponent)

Dropbox.authorizedClient!.files.download(path: "/path/to/Dropbox/file", destination: destination)

    .progress { bytesRead, totalBytesRead, totalBytesExpectedToRead in

        print("bytesRead: \(bytesRead)")
        print("totalBytesRead: \(totalBytesRead)")
        print("totalBytesExpectedToRead: \(totalBytesExpectedToRead)")


    .response { response, error in

        if let (metadata, url) = response {
            print("*** Download file ***")
            print("Downloaded file name: \(metadata.name)")
            print("Downloaded file url: \(url)")
        } else {


You can then use that raw progress information to back the progress UI in your app.