How to Install and Configure Dropbox on Ubuntu Server 12.04

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Dropbox is the best free cloud service and extremely easy-to-use tool for sharing files and syncing them between computers, and you can also use Dropbox to back up files and access them from other computers and devices (including from your Android Smartphone, android tablets and iPad or iPhone, with dedicated Client apps for each of those devices). How to make dropbox features and services available on ubuntu server?

in this post I would like to show you step by step How to Install Dropbox on Ubuntu Server 12.04 and Sync up to your Dropbox Account. Lets start it.

Installing Dorpbox on Ubuntu Server

Step 1. Download dropbox via Offically dropbox site:

Dropbox for 32-bit Architecture:

wget -O dropbox.tar.gz ""

Dropbox for 64-bit Architecture:

wget -O dropbox.tar.gz ""

Step 2. Extract Dropbox archieve with command below

tar -zxvf dropbox.tar.gz

Step 3. Run the dropbox client deamon on ubuntu server with command below:


Snyc Ubuntu Server with Your Dropbox Account

If your ubuntu server is not link to any dropbox account yet, so you will see the following message keep showing every few second:

message dropbox ubuntu server

Now copy and  paste the link to any web browser,you can using any computer. so that it will start to link this machine to your dropbox account. You will be asking to provide your username and password in order to link this to your dropbox account.

If dropbox client on your server is successfully sync with ubuntu server you’ll see the message Client successfully linked, Welcome! and it will stop printing the authorization link, it also will automatically create a Dropbox folder under ~/Dropbox for the user you’re logged in as. Press CTRL + C to terminate the dropbox deamon process

How to Make Dropbox Start up Automatically on Boot

Create a new file in directory /etc/init.d/ give file name dropbox, it for the service management script

sudo touch /etc/init.d/dropbox
sudo nano /et/init.d/dropbox

Then Grab the following script into file /etc/init.d/dropbox

# dropbox service
# Replace with linux users you want to run Dropbox clients for
DROPBOX_USERS="user1 user2"

start() {
 echo "Starting dropbox..."
 for dbuser in $DROPBOX_USERS; do
 HOMEDIR=`getent passwd $dbuser | cut -d: -f6`
 if [ -x $HOMEDIR/$DAEMON ]; then
 HOME="$HOMEDIR" start-stop-daemon -b -o -c $dbuser -S -u $dbuser -x $HOMEDIR/$DAEMON

stop() {
 echo "Stopping dropbox..."
 for dbuser in $DROPBOX_USERS; do
 HOMEDIR=`getent passwd $dbuser | cut -d: -f6`
 if [ -x $HOMEDIR/$DAEMON ]; then
 start-stop-daemon -o -c $dbuser -K -u $dbuser -x $HOMEDIR/$DAEMON

status() {
 for dbuser in $DROPBOX_USERS; do
 dbpid=`pgrep -u $dbuser dropbox`
 if [ -z $dbpid ] ; then
 echo "dropboxd for USER $dbuser: not running."
 echo "dropboxd for USER $dbuser: running (pid $dbpid)"

case "$1" in
 echo "Usage: /etc/init.d/dropbox {start|stop|reload|force-reload|restart|status}"
 exit 1

exit 0

Make sure the script is executable and add it to default system startup run levels

sudo chmod +x /etc/init.d/dropbox
sudo update-rc.d dropbox defaults

Control the Dropbox client like any other Ubuntu service

sudo service dropbox start|stop|reload|force-reload|restart|status

How to Check Status Dropbox with Dropbox Python Script

Download the script and  make the file excuteable

wget -O ~/.dropbox/ ""
chmod +x ~/.dropbox/

Now you can easily check the status of the Dropbox client with following command

~/.dropbox/ status

Get more help with following command

~/.dropbox/ help

You can also use the exclude command to keep specific files or folders from syncing to ubuntu server

~/.dropbox/ help exclude

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Tags: #Dropbox #Sync #Ubuntu Server 12.04

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