Organize & Sort Your Dropbox Automatically With SortMyBox

Nancy Messieh 04-06-2012

Like most digital things, your cloud storage can become an unwieldy mess pretty quickly. Fortunately, Dropbox and Box users can take advantage of SortMyBox — a free service that lets you create filters to automatically organize newly uploaded files.


While SortMyBox won’t sort files you’ve already uploaded, you can use it to ensure any new files that are uploaded end up where they need to be. If you’re at all familiar with email filters How to Set Up Email Filters in Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook Here's how to filter emails in Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook so you can better organize your inbox and stay productive. Read More , SortMyBox will be extremely easy to use.

How to Sort Dropbox With SortMyBox

After logging in with your Dropbox or Box account, the app will automatically create a folder in your online account called SortMyBox. Just upload your files to this folder and SortMyBox will organize it into folders based on the filters you create.

You can sort files based on three different types of filters:

  1. File type — Specify the file type using the extension. For example: JPG, DOC, MP3, AVI, etc.
  2. Name contains — You can include just part of the file name.
  3. Name pattern — Use * and ? as wildcards, where ? replaces a single letter/number/symbol/character and * replaces any number of them.

SortMyBox provides the following examples for naming pattern rules:

  • work*.doc filters any Word file beginning with “work”.
  • Prince*.mp3 matches Prince – Purple rain.mp3 or Prince.mp3, but not Prince.doc or Best of Prince.mp3.
  • error?.txt matches error.txt or errors.txt, but not errorss.txt or new error.txt.

You can put multiple options in one filter — just separate them with a comma.


After you’ve entered your filters, select the folder you want to the files moved to and click Save and Run Rules.

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Mac users can take advantage of the native Automator feature to organize existing folders, as long as they’re synced to your desktop computer.

How do you keep your cloud files organized? Share your tips and tricks with us in the comments.

Related topics: Cloud Computing, Cloud Storage, Dropbox, Organization Software.

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  1. Meg Smith
    August 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    YEAHHHH SO EXCITED TO HAVE FOUND THIS! I've been dreading having to organize all of my photo's and scrapbooknig - now it won't take nearly as long. TY TYTY TY

  2. Sacha Obado
    June 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    well finally an easy way to sort my dropbox files.. definetly going to check it out.. thnx makeuseof for the great tips..

  3. Sachin Kanchan
    June 5, 2012 at 3:58 am

    i had a lot of spam in my old live mail, so much so that( and constantly increasing) i had to delete the account and create a new one...but i lost the opportunity to grab the windows live skydrive[25 GB storage] for a limited time