Update file


Updates a file. This can be used to rename or move a file, create a shared link, or lock a file.



Path Parameters

stringin pathrequired

The unique identifier that represents 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.

Query Parameters

string arrayin queryoptional

A comma-separated list of attributes to include in the response. This can be used to request fields that are not normally returned in a standard response.

Be aware that specifying this parameter will have the effect that none of the standard fields are returned in the response unless explicitly specified, instead only fields for the mini representation are returned, additional to the fields requested.

Request Body

stringin bodyoptional
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The description for a file. This can be seen in the right-hand sidebar panel when viewing a file in the Box web app. Additionally, this index is used in the search index of the file, allowing users to find the file by the content in the description.

string / date-timein bodyoptional

The retention expiration timestamp for the given file. This date cannot be shortened once set on a file.

objectin body

Defines a lock on an item. This prevents the item from being moved, renamed, or otherwise changed by anyone other than the user who created the lock.

Set this to null to remove the lock.

stringin bodyoptional

The type of this object.

Value is always lock

string / date-timein bodyoptional

Defines the time at which the lock expires.

booleanin bodyoptional

Defines if the file can be downloaded while it is locked.

stringin bodyoptional

An optional different name for the file. This can be used to rename the file.

objectin body

An optional new parent folder for the file. This can be used to move the file to a new folder.

stringin bodyoptional

The ID of parent item

objectin body

Defines who can download a file.

stringin bodyoptional

Defines who is allowed to download this file. The possible values are either open for everyone or company for the other members of the user's enterprise.

This setting overrides the download permissions that are normally part of the role of a collaboration. When set to company, this essentially removes the download option for external users with viewer or editor a roles.

Value is one of open,company

string arrayin bodyoptional

The tags for this item. These tags are shown in the Box web app and mobile apps next to an item.

To add or remove a tag, retrieve the item's current tags, modify them, and then update this field.

There is a limit of 100 tags per item, and 10,000 unique tags per enterprise.

Request Headers

stringin header

Ensures this item hasn't recently changed before making changes.

Pass in the item's last observed etag value into this header and the endpoint will fail with a 412 Precondition Failed if it has changed since.


application/jsonFile (Standard)

Returns a file object.

Not all available fields are returned by default. Use the fields query parameter to explicitly request any specific fields.

application/jsonClient error

Returned when the new retention time > maximum retention length.

application/jsonClient error

Returned when the access token provided in the Authorization header is not recognized or not provided.

application/jsonClient error

Returned if the user does not have all the permissions to complete the update.

  • access_denied_insufficient_permissions returned when the authenticated user does not have access to the destination folder to move the file to.
  • Returned when retention time is shorter or equal to current retention timestamp.
  • Returned when a file_id that is not under retention is entered.
  • Returned when a file that is retained but the disposition action is set to remove_retention
  • forbidden_by_policy is returned if copying a folder is forbidden due to information barrier restrictions.
application/jsonClient error

Returned if the file is not found, or the user does not have access to the file.

application/jsonClient error

Returned if the file_id is not in a recognized format.

application/jsonClient error

Returns an error when the If-Match header does not match the current etag value of the file. This indicates that the file has changed since it was last requested.

application/jsonClient error

An unexpected client error.

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Request Example

curl -i -X PUT "https://upload.box.com/api/2.0/files/12345" \
     -H "Authorization: Bearer <ACCESS_TOKEN>" \
     -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
     -d '{
       "name": "New name"
// Rename file 11111
var requestParams = new BoxFileRequest()
    Id = "11111",
    Name = "New name.pdf"
BoxFile updatedFile = await client.FilesManager.UpdateInformationAsync(requestParams);
BoxFile file = new BoxFile(api, "id");
BoxFile.Info info = file.new Info();
info.setName("New Name");
file_id = '11111'
updated_file = client.file(file_id).update_info(data={'description': 'My file'})
client.files.update('75937', { name : 'New name.pdf', fields: 'name' })
	.then(updatedFile => {
		/* updatedFile => {
			type: 'file',
			id: '11111',
			name: 'New name.pdf'
client.files.update(fileId: "11111", name: "New file name.docx") { (result: Result<File, BoxSDKError>) in
    guard case let .success(file) = result else {
        print("Error updating file information")

    print("File \(file.name) was updated at \(file.modifiedAt)")

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_edit": false,
      "can_preview": true
    "preview_count": 3,
    "unshared_at": "2018-04-13T13:53:23-07:00",
    "url": "https://www.box.com/s/vspke7y05sb214wjokpk",
    "vanity_name": "my_url",
    "vanity_url": "https://acme.app.box.com/v/my_url/"
  "size": 629644,
  "trashed_at": "2012-12-12T10:53:43-08:00"