How to Install and Configure DropBox Client on Ubuntu Linux

The steps below should be a great place to start for students and new users who want to learn how to install Dropbox on Ubuntu to get the most out of their accounts.

Dropbox is an online file hosting, synchronization, and personal cloud service. With its client software, you can automatically synchronize your local files on your desktops or laptops to the cloud.

Dropbox service can also back up your local data from your PC to the cloud. If your PC crashes, your data stored online can quickly be restored to your local machine.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Dropbox client software on Ubuntu 19.04 systems.

To install and configure the Dropbox client on Ubuntu, continue below:

When it comes to installing Dropbox, there are many ways to do it. The most basic is downloading the client installer from its download page and install.

Select either the 64-bit or 32-bit version for your System. My understanding is Ubuntu 19.04 only has 64-bit. So if you have it installed, then choose 64-bit to download.

When prompted, choose to save the installer to your Downloads folder.

Dropbox ubuntu install

Next, browse your ~/Downloads folder, then right-click the Dropbox installer. And choose to Open With Software Install.

Drobox ubuntu installer

That should open Ubuntu Software app center. When there, click Install to begin the installation.

Ubuntu dropbox install

After clicking install, you’ll be prompted to confirm your password to complete the installation. Only root or users with admin rights can install programs on Ubuntu.

Once the installation is complete, Nautilus will automatically be restarted. Click Next to continue.

Finally, click Start Dropbox to complete. The Dropbox app will automatically download some required packages to complete the installation.

Dropbox ubuntu 19.04

After that, log on and start using Dropbox on Ubuntu.

ubuntu dropbox setup

After the installation, a Dropbox folder will be created in your home directory. If you want to back up stuff online automatically, add your stuff to that folder. In addition, you can create a sub folder in the Dropbox folder of your home directory to sync to the cloud.

dropbox ubuntu setup

A Dropbox icon will also be added to the top menu bar, where you can easily manage and access your online content.

Dropbox ubuntu install

To automatically sync your data online to your Dropbox account, copy them into the Dropbox folder in your home directory. All connected devices to your Dropbox account will instantly see the new files and folders after adding them to the Dropbox folder in Ubuntu.

That’s it!

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