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How to name PDF file in Dropbox based on sequence number of files in folder?

  • 10 February 2022
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Can anyone help with trying to accomplish the following:

 

  1. I have a folder in my Dropbox called “Sort”
  2. every week I get a PDF file that i need to save in a couple different places.
  3. I have a zap setup that once I save this file to sort, it then moves to the places i need.
  4. My ask is this:
    1. i save the file called abc.pdf to “sort” folder. In one of the places it goes, I would like to change the name of the file to be 8.pdf as the 8th file in that folder. ie. i have file 1.pdf, 2.pdf, 3.pdf….7.pdf already there. 
    2. Is there a way to count the number of files in the folder so that when this file goes there it gets saved as “count+1”.pdf??

TIA!

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Best answer by Troy Tessalone 10 February 2022, 05:26

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Hi @broker78 

You’d likely have to leverage the Dropbox API for that: https://www.dropbox.com/developers/documentation/http/overview

Storage by Zapier may be another option: https://zapier.com/apps/storage/integrations
 

 

Or you can try to keep a log of these files in a GSheet or Airtable to then reference in order to determine how many files are in a given Dropbox Folder in order to be able to relabel the uploaded files correctly.

NOTE: Unless you query the Dropbox API somehow to derive the number of files in a folder, there’s a chance the increment value could become off, for example, if you deleted a file from the folder.