Install DropBox on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Desktop

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When Ubuntu 18.04 LTS was released, I decided to install it for testing purposes. the steps below is how I got DropBox installed on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. If you want to install DropBox, the steps below should be a great place to start.

When you install Ubuntu Desktop there are some useful applications you may want to install right away. Dropbox is one such tool that most people will want to install. This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to easily install Dropbox on Ubuntu 18.04.

Dropbox provides online storage to backup or store your data automatically. Using Dropbox to backup your content provides some security and piece of mind. In the event your PC crashes, your data will be saved and ready to be restored onto another computer.

There are other online storage providers but none support Linux or Ubuntu as Dropbox and if they did, their service is not as reliable as Dropbox.

To install Dropbox on Ubuntu, continue below:

Step 1: Install Ubuntu Dropbox installation loader

There are many ways to install Dropbox on Ubuntu. You can download the installer package directly from Dropbox’s download page.

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You could also run the commands below to install the installer loader for Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get -y install nautilus-dropbox

After installing the tool above, it will automatically launch Dropbox installer wizard. If Dropbox installer isn’t launched automatically, search for it and launch it.

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Step 2: Configure Dropbox

When the wizard begins, continue with Dropbox installation. You may be prompted to create a new account if your don’t already one or type your username and password to logon if you do have one.

After the installation, a folder called Dropbox will be created in your home directory. If you want to automatically backup stuff online, just add your stuff into that folder. You can create sub folder in the Dropbox folder of your home directory to sync to the cloud.

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

So, to make a file or folder automatically backed-up to your online storage (Dropbox account), move them into the Dropbox folder of your home directory.

All connected devices to your Dropbox account will see the new files and folders almost instantly after adding them to the Dropbox folder in Ubuntu

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  1. I’ve installed Dropbox on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, but get error/warning message on startup that the file system is incompatible and will soon not be supported. As far as I know the file system is Ext4, which is the file system that Dropbox requires. Do you have any idea what the problem might be?
    I’ve tried getting help from Dropbox, but they seem to be assuming that I’ve got a file system other than Ext4 installed, and I don’t know what else I can do!!

    1. are you running eCryptfs on your primary drive? If so, Dropbox doesn’t support it… there seems to be a work around though:

      Best of luck!

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