More and more of my favorite apps are beginning to include support for document syncing via iCloud.

I like the idea of using iCloud to store my documents, but for several reasons I'm not ready to switch over completely from Dropbox.

Is there some kind of an iCloud-Dropbox bridge or other way of syncing documents between iCloud and either Dropbox directly or the local filesystem of my Mac? Ideally it would work both ways, pulling from iCloud and pushing into it.

  • Are you proposing a one-way thing (iCloud docs also go in Dropbox) or a two-way thing (both services' docs go with the other's)?
    – Tuesday
    Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 1:11
  • @timothymh Both ways. Updated the question. Commented Mar 18, 2012 at 1:13

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I am not absolutely certain, but I believe this is impossible.

For one thing, there isn't iCloud support for simply syncing files. Apps are expected to keep their synced files in their own folders (and are restricted to accessing this folder alone). This means that there's no way to have an iCloud document accessible my multiple apps.

For another thing, even if you were willing to concede and only sync, say, Pages documents with iCloud and Dropbox (hypothetically), Pages for iOS documents are very different from Pages for Mac documents. Here are two screenshots, one of the inside of a Mac Pages document and one of an iOS Pages document, respectively:

Mac document iOS document

Post script: hypothetically, though, if you could figure something out, it would probably involve somehow linking ~/Library/Mobile Documents with Dropbox.


If you want to follow on from Tim's final suggestion -

You can just create a link into a DropBox folder - there is even an app to do it:


Using that you can define any folder on your laptop to be added to DropBox. It creates the link for you.

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