How to download file from dropbox using e.g. websave?

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Jakob Sievers
Jakob Sievers on 24 Jan 2018
Commented: Rik on 24 Jan 2018
Hi there
How does one download a shared file (public visibility) from dropbox? I used to use the following code to achieve the task, but I suspect that dropbox has changed something because now it doesnt work as before:
outfilename = websave(filename,'https://www.dropbox.com/s/y0v5z3rtbw15kwb/OOT_Example_data_DONOTDELETE.zip?dl=0');
where the file "https://www.dropbox.com/s/y0v5z3rtbw15kwb/OOT_Example_data_DONOTDELETE.zip?dl=0" is a 43mb zip file. From matlab it downloads only 330kb of the file but in a webbrowser it downloads the whole thing. Can anyone help me?
Thanks in advance!
Cheers
Jakob

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Rik
Rik on 24 Jan 2018
For me using ?dl=1 instead of ?dl=0 did the trick.
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Rik
Rik on 24 Jan 2018
If you try both links in a browser, you can see that dl=1 activates the download immediately, while dl=0 shows you a page that asks for confirmation. Which Matlab can then dutifully write to a nonsense file of 300 kb.

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