In this tutorial, we will show you how to install and configure Dropbox on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Dropbox is a useful file-sharing and syncing service that lets you sync files between different machines over the Internet for free. It’s very useful for backing up your important documents, pictures, MP3 files, video files, and other data.
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 Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.
- A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) or Debian-based.
- 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).
- An active internet connection. You’ll need an internet connection to download the necessary packages and dependencies for the Dropbox package.
non-root sudo useror 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 Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following
apt-get commands in the terminal.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Dropbox.
Run the following commands in the Terminal to install Dropbox to your Ubuntu system:
### Ubuntu 32-Bit ### sudo apt-get install libappindicator1 wget https://d1ilhw0800yew8.cloudfront.net/client/dropbox-lnx.x86-7.3.29.tar.gz tar -xvf dropbox-lnx.x86-7.3.29.tar.gz cd .dropbox-dist/ ./dropboxd ### Ubuntu 64-Bit ### sudo apt-get install libappindicator1 wget https://d1ilhw0800yew8.cloudfront.net/client/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-7.3.29.tar.gz tar -xvf dropbox-lnx.x86_64-7.3.29.tar.gz cd .dropbox-dist/ ./dropboxd
Step 3. Accessing Dropbox on Ubuntu.
Once successfully installed, open Dropbox from Ubuntu Dash or Terminal and enter your Dropbox credentials, and you can start using Dropbox with Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dropbox. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Dropbox on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Dropbox website.