How to install Dropbox on Linux Mint

Endrit Qerreti

Endrit Qerreti

Dropbox is one of the most popular file hosting service, that you can use to store your files in the cloud.

Dropbox provides a terminal app and a GUI app that you can use on Linux Mint to transfer your files to Dropbox.

It also supports 32 bit and 64 bit processors, so you can run Dropbox on a high end and low end machine without problems.

When it comes to hosting plans, Dropbox gives you 2GB of storage for free. However, you can also upgrade your account if you need more than 2GB of space.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Dropbox on Linux Mint

Install Dropbox with Terminal

Dropbox is found on Ubuntu repositories, so you can install Dropbox directly from your terminal.

There are two packages that we need to install, dropbox and nemo-dropbox.

dropbox is the package that contains the main functionality, it is the package that allows you to login and synchronize your account.

nemo-dropbox is the package that allows you to upload your files from the file manager when you right click over a file.

To install both packages, run the commands below one by one

sudo apt install dropbox -y

sudo apt install nemo-dropbox -y

Install Dropbox using GUI

Dropbox can also be installed by using GUI only without having to run any command on the terminal. There are two ways to install Dropbox using GUI only.

Install Dropbox with Software Manager

First launch Software manager from the Applications Menu

You should see the Software manager GUI

Next, type 'Dropbox' on the search box, then Click to 'Dropbox'

Now, you can install Dropbox. To install Dropbox simply click to the "Install" button

Once you click the "Install" button, you will see the authentication window. In this window you need to enter sudo password, then press enter or click to "Authenticate" once you type your password

And Dropbox is now installed on your system. As you can see Launch and Remove buttons are active, which means Dropbox has been successfully installed on your system.

Click to "Launch" to launch Dropbox

When you launch Dropbox for the first time, you will see the following prompt. Click to "Ok" button to download Dropbox daemon

And the daemon will be downloading

Now, you need to connect your computer with your Dropbox account. Once daemon has been downloaded, a browser window will pop up and it will take you to Dropbox website where you need to sign in.

Enter your credentials, and click to "Sign in" button

Once you sign in, you will be asked if you want to connect your computer. Click to "Connect" to connect your computer

Now Your computer and Dropbox account should be connected

Install Dropbox deb manually

In the steps above, we installed Dropbox using Software Manager. However, Dropbox can also be installed by downloading its binary file from the official website.

First go to to Dropbox's website

Next, click to "64-bit" button to download the 64bit binary file of Ubuntu 14.04-22.04(.deb)

Once downloaded, go to "Downloads" directory so you can install Dropbox binary file.

Double click to dropbox_2020.03.04_amd64.deb and click to "Install Package" button

Next, authenticate and press enter

Next, the installation process will begin. Wait until the process is completed and then close the Gdebi window

Upload files to Dropbox

Dropbox folder is located at /home/user/Dropbox . This is the folder that contains all the files that you have currently uploaded on your Dropbox account.

To upload a file, or a directory to your Dropbox account, you can do so by dragging the files that you want to upload into the Dropbox folder that's on your computer.

Alternatively, you can also upload any file to your Dropbox account via right click option.

Simply right click over the file that you want to upload to Dropbox, select "Dropbox" and then click to "Move to Dropbox"


In this tutorial, you learned how to install Dropbox on Linux Mint via two methods.