What's a webhook?
What can you do with webhooks?
Webhooks are great for any app that needs to respond quickly to changes in Dropbox. In the webhooks tutorial, we show an example app that converts Markdown files to HTML as soon as they're added to Dropbox.
We released webhooks to a few companies in private beta to better understand how the feature would be used in real apps. Here's how two of those companies are using webhooks today:
Picturelife stores all your photos and videos securely in the cloud, giving you access to them wherever you are.
Here's what Nate Westheimer, CEO of Picturelife, had to say about webhooks:
"The new webhooks API is perfect for apps like Picturelife. Our backend sync services now get to work smarter, not harder. Rather than constantly making thousands of requests, polling for changes, we get to sit back and wait for users to make changes, and then only make the requests we need. Meanwhile, this new API turns out to be a real win for our customers too. With webhooks, our users now have the best, most up-to-date experience, right when they login to Picturelife."
Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.
Here's what Myles Grant, an engineer at Slack, said:
"Dropbox webhooks only took a weekend to implement and replaced dedicated polling servers with our standard event-handling infrastructure, while providing a better, instantaneous experience for our users."
To get started using webhooks in your own app, check out the tutorial and reference documentation on the developer site. As always, let us know if you have any feedback via the developer forum.Get started
Join us for our webhooks launch party next Wednesday evening!