Installing Dropbox on Ubuntu 17.04 | 17.10

After installing Ubuntu Desktop there are some useful applications you may want to install as well. 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 17.04 | 17.10.

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.

You can you 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: Install 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 it 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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