How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]


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Author: Omer Cakmak
Reviewer: Deepak Prasad

Dropbox is the name of a file hosting service and networking application. It provides client services such as cloud storage, file hosting service, file synchronization. It provides up to 2GB of data storage to each user for free. It gives the opportunity to share files, but does not spread the shares such as torrents everywhere without the permission of the user. Allows folder contents to be shared only between users authorized by the user under a user privacy protection agreement.

In this tutorial we will explore 6 different methods to install Dropbox in Ubuntu.

 

Method-1: Installing Dropbox via Ubuntu Software Center

Open the "Activities" overview by clicking on "Activities" or pressing the "Super" key. Type "Ubuntu Software" and open the app.

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Use the search bar to find "Dropbox".

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Select Dropbox from the search results and click "Install". You may need to authenticate with your password to proceed with the installation.

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Once installed, you can find Dropbox in your applications menu.

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Method-2: Installing Dropbox via Command Line using the Package from Official Repositories

Open Terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and update your package list using apt package manager.

sudo apt update

Install nautilus-dropbox which is applicable for GNOME, XFCE, or MATE environments. This command will download and install Dropbox and any necessary dependencies.

sudo apt install nautilus-dropbox
How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

Once installed, you can find Dropbox in your applications menu.

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Method-3: Downloading and Installing the Official .deb Package

Visit the Dropbox Linux Download Page and download the appropriate .deb file for your architecture.

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

Open Terminal and navigate to your download directory, usually cd ~/Downloads.

Install the package: sudo dpkg -i dropbox_<version>_amd64.deb (replace <version> with the version number of the downloaded file).

sudo dpkg -i dropbox_2024.01.22_amd64.deb
How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Method-4: Installing Dropbox via Flatpak

For users who prefer using Flatpak, an alternative package management system. First, ensure Flatpak is installed:

sudo apt install flatpak

Add the Flathub repository, where the Dropbox Flatpak is available:

sudo flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Install Dropbox:

sudo flatpak install flathub com.dropbox.Client
How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

Please NOTE that Flatpak installations are sandboxed and might operate differently from native packages.

If you wish to uninstall dropbox installed via Flatpak then you can execute:

flatpak uninstall com.dropbox.Client

 

Method-5: Install Dropbox Headless via Command Line

You can directly install the latest available dropbox based on your CPU architecture:

cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf -

Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd
How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

You can also connect to your Dropbox account using the Sign In option as shown below:

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

Enter your Dropbox account information and sign in:

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

With Open Dropbox Folder, you can access the files you access from the web browser with the Files application.

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

 

Method-6: Installing Dropbox Using Third-Party Repository

In this step the official Dropbox repository is added to the system.

Open a terminal and execute the following command to receive the key:

sudo gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys FC918B335044912E

Once the key is imported, export it to a .gpg file within the trusted directory inside /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/:

sudo gpg --export FC918B335044912E | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/dropbox.gpg > /dev/null

Create a file under the sources.list.d directory and type the repository address:

echo "deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/dropbox.gpg] http://linux.dropbox.com/ubuntu $(lsb_release -cs) main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list

Update the packages list:

sudo apt update

Then install the Dropbox package:

sudo apt install dropbox -y
How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]

Installation is complete.

 

You should be careful while sharing your files and information with applications. Take care to download the packages you use from their official websites.

We set up Dropbox in 3 different ways. Of course, installation from Ubuntu repositories is recommended for both stability and reliability. 

You can read more at Install Dropbox

 

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Omer Cakmak

Omer Cakmak

He is highly skilled at managing Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, and Red Hat servers. Proficient in bash scripting, Ansible, and AWX central server management, he handles server operations on OpenStack, KVM, Proxmox, and VMware. You can connect with him on his LinkedIn profile.

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3 thoughts on “How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu [6 Methods]”

      • That was fast, thank you!

        Method #2 was what I was looking for. In fact I’ve been trying various methods found online for the past 4 days, including some of the above, but nothing worked for reasons I can’t understand.

        Your method #2 specified nautilus-dropbox, which I did not see anywhere else. So thank you for mentioning it! Looks like I’m good to go now.

        Reply

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