Introducing the Box UI Elements Workshop: Elevate Your App’s User Experience!

Rui Barbosa
Box Developer Blog
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3 min readSep 7


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Are you a developer looking to enhance the user experience of your web application when it comes to file and folder management? Look no further!

We are thrilled to introduce the Box UI Elements Workshop, a comprehensive, self-paced guide designed to empower developers like you with the tools to create seamless and powerful content management experiences.

What are Box UI Elements?

Box UI Elements are pre-built user interface components that enable developers to integrate key functionalities of the Box web application directly into their own applications.

These UI Elements can be effortlessly integrated into your web app, regardless of your chosen framework.

With a range of components at your disposal, you can construct user-friendly experiences for your users without reinventing the wheel.

Here’s a quick overview of the available Box UI Elements:

  • Content Explorer: Enable users to effortlessly search and browse through files and folders, creating a smooth navigation experience within your app.
  • Content Picker: Empower users to select files or folders from their Box account, streamlining the content selection process.
  • Content Preview: Display interactive viewers for a wide array of file types, including documents, images, audio, video, and more, making content consumption a breeze.
  • Content Sidebar: Provide users with insightful file metadata and activity feed information right within your application’s sidebar.
  • Content Uploader: Allow users to easily upload files via a selection or drag-and-drop interface, simplifying content input.

By integrating these UI Elements, you can create tailored user flows that cater to your app’s specific needs. Imagine seamlessly representing the Box functionality with just a few lines of code!

Why Choose Box UI Elements?

Box UI Elements offer several advantages for developers:

Save time and effort by utilizing pre-built UI components, reducing development cycles and minimizing the need for extensive custom coding.

Ensure a consistent user experience by leveraging Box’s interface elements, which are designed with usability and accessibility in mind.

Whether you’re working with React components or prefer a framework-agnostic JavaScript library, Box UI Elements can be seamlessly integrated into your tech stack.

Explore the Box UI Elements Workshop

We understand that diving into a new toolkit can sometimes be daunting, which is why we’ve created the Box UI Elements Workshop.

This workshop is designed to be a self-paced, hands-on series of exercises covering all aspects of UI Elements, including instantiation, property details, event listeners, and even some extra challenges for those eager to explore further.

Ready to get started? Head over to our workshop repository on GitHub:

The workshop is entirely accessible with a pure JavaScript approach, but we’re confident that developers can adapt it to any framework of their choice.

Here is a sample for the Explorer workshop:

// Exercises
// Simple root explorer with default options
// Create an explorer.js file under the js folder of the
// project and add the following code:

var rootFolderId = '0';

var options = {
'container': '.explorer',
'currentFolderId': rootFolderId,
'logoUrl': 'box',

'defaultView': 'files',
'sortBy': 'name',
'sortDirection': 'ASC',

'canPreview': true,
'canDownload': true,
'canDelete': true,
'canRename': true,
'canUpload': true,
'canCreateNewFolder': true,
'canShare': true,
'canSetShareAccess': true,

var contentExplorer = new Box.ContentExplorer();
console.log('ContentExplorer:', contentExplorer);, accessToken, options);

Your Feedback Matters!

We value your input and would love to hear about your experiences with Box UI Elements.

Have questions, suggestions, or just want to share your thoughts? Join the conversation on our forum. Your feedback helps us continually improve and tailor our offerings to meet your needs.

We can’t wait to see the innovative ways you’ll use Box UI Elements to elevate your application’s user experience.

Happy coding!



Rui Barbosa
Box Developer Blog

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