Monday 21 March 2011

Dropbox Chat! - Chat through Dropbox (Or any shared folder).

I wanted a new learning project and after leaving a few notes for friends in shared Dropbox folders, I came up with an idea for a new project!

Drop Box Chat!

This is a very small program - It simply loads up an XML file called "chat.xml" in its current directory (or creates one if it doesn't already exist), and then reloads the file every time it changes.

Put your name in the first box, message in the second and click send!

It does work fine at the moment, although I am sure there are a few bugs, and there is much more for me to do (delete, make the whole thing look nice etc.)

That being said, I am happy with what I came up with considering the time spent.

Please note - this is NOT a real time chat program and it works by saving the chat.xml file and syncing it via drop box. It is simply an alternative to writing notes everywhere. If you use it a lot or at the same time as someone else, there will most likely be sync issues/a conflict. Simply reload the application.

This program should work over any sort of shared folder and the only requirements are .Net Framework 4 (although, I can probably recompile for a lesser version).

Download link (V
Download link (V - Better formatting, Auto Expand/scrolls to bottom.
Download link (V - Message Box now auto clears.
Download link (V - Enter for send and a few other tweaks.

Please leave feedback if you like!


  1. Very interesting indeed. It got a lot of potential! Thank you :)

  2. Wow, nice work!

    This will be so useful to collaborate/explain where files should go as I transfer them back and forth with my team. I'll be keeping an eye on updates to this.

  3. @Chad / Anyone else, I have one newer version (mainly tiny bugfixes) which I will upload soon. If anyone has any suggestions as to improvements or features they would like to see, please leave a comment and I will do my best to add.

  4. Thanks William ! I really needed something like this! Is there anyway you can fix it so that the message sends by just hitting enter instead of having to use the mouse to click on send?

  5. @Sherry - I updated it with this, and made a couple of other tweaks a while ago, but for some reason, I never uploaded...

    I have done now and hope you like!

  6. like it! would you share the source code?

  7. hi it is very nice
    but would you mind to share the code with us? :D

    excellent work :)

    ps: it would be nice if you could see the computer name of the guy who sent the message to anybody otherwise everyone can say things on your name which you didnt say

  8. I think that this servise is much better then the DropBox, they provide more free space, 5Gb while dropbox gives only 2Gb, and bonuses are bigger. However I have these two services at the same time, and total have 7 Gb space for free :)

  9. Hi William,
    I've been looking at doing a project like this myself.
    I quite like some of the things you've done here, and am trialling your executable as we speak. :)

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