How To Install Dropbox on Debian 9 Stretch

Install Dropbox on Debian 9 Stretch

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Dropbox on Debian 9 Stretch. For those of you who didn’t know, Dropbox is an online storage service that supports Linux distros. Dropbox provides online storage to backup and store data automatically with security. It has both free and paid plans. In the free plan, it provides 2GB of storage if you want more storage then you can buy paid plans

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Dropbox on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Debian 9 (Stretch).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Dropbox on Debian 9 Stretch

Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running the following apt commands in the terminal:

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

Step 2. Installing Dropbox on Debian.

Run the following commands in Terminal to install Dropbox:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list

Add the following line to this file:

deb [arch=i386,amd64] jessie main

Next, import the Dropbox GPG key to your Debian 9 system:

sudo apt install dirmngr
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 1C61A2656FB57B7E4DE0F4C1FC918B335044912E

Now, update the local package index and install Dropbox. python-gpgme is used to verify the binary signature:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python-gpgme dropbox

Once installed, You can start the Dropbox GUI installer from your application menu, or start Dropbox from the command line. As a normal user, run the following command. The -i option will attempt to install Dropbox daemon if it’s not installed:

dropbox start -i

After the Dropbox daemon is installed, a new tab will be opened in your web browser asking you to link your computer to your Dropbox account.

Install Dropbox on Debian 9 Stretch

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dropbox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Install Dropbox on Debian 9 Stretch system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Dropbox website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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