Get the best out of Dropbox in Ubuntu

By | October 2, 2014
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Dropbox-LogoDropbox is basically a file hosting service that offers cloud storage facilities to users, which includes file synchronization, personal cloud and many more. It also allows user to synchronize specific folders on different computers, which appear to be same once synchronized by Dropbox, and it’s contents can be accessed anywhere through mobile and web applications. Over the years, Dropbox has expanded it’s functionality using various add-ons and mashups with other services such as Gmail, BitTorrent, etc. So here’s how you can use the full potential of Dropbox in Ubuntu.

Installing Dropbox

Open the terminal using Ctrl +Alt + T and type the following command in the order given:

sudo apt-key adv –keyserver –recv-keys 5044912E
sudo add-apt-repository “deb $(lsb_release -sc) main”
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

install dropbox_1

Install Dropbox_2

Install Dropbox_3

Now go to bash icon and type Dropbox and click on the icon that appears


Now you will be asked to sign in to your Dropbox account

setiing up dropbox

enter username pwd

Next you will be asked to select the settings. Click on advanced settings for more options.

setup type

Now select the folder you wish to sync and type of synchronization you wish to happen.

advanced setting

You can then view the dropbox icon in the system tray above for more options.

dropbox tray


Share and sync any folder in Dropbox

Dropbox ¬†also offers you the facility to sync any folder that you want by simply right clicking and selecting it for sync. This is achieved through an app called “Dropbox Share”.

To install this app, open the terminal and type the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dropbox-share

Once installed you can use it to share anyone folder/file directly by simply right clicking on it, instead of copying it one-by-one to the Dropbox folder.


dropbox share notification

Dropbox Command Line interface.

For those of you are more comfortable using the command line interface, you can use the following commands to install the command line interface of Dropbox.

Make a bin directory:

mkdir -p ~/bin

Download the interface

wget -O ~/bin/ “”

Now set permissions to execute

chmod +x ~/bin/

Help Menu

~/bin/ help

cli help

Hope this tutorial helps you in getting the most out of your Dropbox.

If you wish to synchronize you Google Drive Account, you can click here 

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