File

A standard representation of a file, as returned from any file API endpoints by default

This resource has a few variations that can be encountered when using the API.

The fields that are part of the standard variant are generally returned when the resource is requested via its own API endpoints. For example, when retrieving a file by ID, it will return these fields unless the fields parameter has been specified.

string
12345

The unique identifier that represent a file.

The ID for any file can be determined by visiting a file in the web application and copying the ID from the URL. For example, for the URL https://*.app.box.com/files/123 the file_id is 123.

string
file

Value is always file

string / date-time
2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00

The date and time at which this file was originally created, which might be before it was uploaded to Box.

string / date-time
2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00

The date and time at which this folder was last updated, which might be before it was uploaded to Box.

string / date-time
2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00

The date and time when the file was created on Box.

The user who created this file

Contract for Q1 renewal256

The optional description of this file

string
1

The HTTP etag of this file. This can be used within some API endpoints in the If-Match and If-None-Match headers to only perform changes on the file if (no) changes have happened.

The information about the current version of the file.

active

Defines if this item has been deleted or not.

  • active when the item has is not in the trash
  • trashed when the item has been moved to the trash but not deleted
  • deleted when the item has been permanently deleted.

Value is one of active,trashed,deleted

string / date-time
2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00

The date and time when the folder was last updated on Box.

The user who last modified this file

string
Contract.pdf

The name of the file

The user who owns this file

The folder that this file is located within.

The tree of folders that this file is contained in, starting at the root.

The parent folders for this item

1

The number of folders in this list.

string / date-time
2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00

The time at which this file is expected to be purged from the trash.

3

A numeric identifier that represents the most recent user event that has been applied to this item.

This can be used in combination with the GET /events-endpoint to filter out user events that would have occurred before this identifier was read.

An example would be where a Box Drive-like application would fetch an item via the API, and then listen to incoming user events for changes to the item. The application would ignore any user events where the sequence_id in the event is smaller than or equal to the sequence_id in the originally fetched resource.

string / digest
85136C79CBF9FE36BB9D05D0639C70C265C18D37

The SHA1 hash of the file. This can be used to compare the contents of a file on Box with a local file.

integer
629644

The file size in bytes. Be careful parsing this integer as it can get very large and cause an integer overflow.

string / date-time
2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00

The time at which this file was put in the trash.

Response Example

{
  "id": 12345,
  "type": "file",
  "content_created_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "content_modified_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "created_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "created_by": {
    "id": 11446498,
    "type": "user",
    "login": "ceo@example.com",
    "name": "Aaron Levie"
  },
  "description": "Contract for Q1 renewal",
  "etag": 1,
  "file_version": {
    "id": 12345,
    "type": "file_version",
    "sha1": "134b65991ed521fcfe4724b7d814ab8ded5185dc"
  },
  "item_status": "active",
  "modified_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "modified_by": {
    "id": 11446498,
    "type": "user",
    "login": "ceo@example.com",
    "name": "Aaron Levie"
  },
  "name": "Contract.pdf",
  "owned_by": {
    "id": 11446498,
    "type": "user",
    "login": "ceo@example.com",
    "name": "Aaron Levie"
  },
  "parent": {
    "id": 12345,
    "type": "folder",
    "etag": 1,
    "name": "Contracts",
    "sequence_id": 3
  },
  "path_collection": {
    "entries": [
      {
        "id": 12345,
        "etag": 1,
        "type": "folder",
        "sequence_id": 3,
        "name": "Contracts"
      }
    ],
    "total_count": 1
  },
  "purged_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00",
  "sequence_id": 3,
  "sha1": "85136C79CBF9FE36BB9D05D0639C70C265C18D37",
  "shared_link": {
    "access": "open",
    "download_count": 3,
    "download_url": "https://www.box.com/shared/static/rh935iit6ewrmw0unyul.jpeg",
    "effective_access": "company",
    "effective_permission": "can_download",
    "is_password_enabled": true,
    "permissions": {
      "can_download": true,
      "can_preview": true
    },
    "preview_count": 3,
    "unshared_at": "2018-04-13T13:53:23-07:00",
    "url": "https://www.box.com/s/vspke7y05sb214wjokpk",
    "vanity_url": "https://acme.app.box.com/v/my_url/"
  },
  "size": 629644,
  "trashed_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00"
}