Yasir O. Atabani, Cozeit, Inc.

15 September 2019

Setting up Dropbox on Debian

by Yasir O. Atabani

Setting up Dropbox on Debian from the offical Dropbox repository saves you from downloading dropbox binary everytime, and easies the management of the package.

Until recently Dropbox offical repository for debian only had jessie, that have changed now.

I will try to give you a guide to setting it up, and cover some problems I have faced in the past


If you don’t have Dropbox yet now is a good time to Signup for a free account.

Create file

Create a file in the sources directory for Dropbox

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

You can choose what every file name you want.

Add the url to the offical Dropbox repository with the version as follows

#Dropbox Offical Repo
deb [arch=i386,amd64] http://linux.dropbox.com/debian buster main

As of the date of writing this the offical repository supported

Choose the version you are using.

Add the PGP key

Dropbox offical key is at pgp.mit.edu, but occasionally it might fail to response, you can use pool.sks-keyservers.net instead.

sudo apt install dirmngr

apt-key adv --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-keys 1C61A2656FB57B7E4DE0F4C1FC918B335044912E

Install Dropbox

Now update the package manager, and install python3-gpg if you want the signture of the binaries to be verified.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install python3-gpg dropbox

Now start Dropbox from programs menu or use the command

dropbox start -i

After download and installation, You will be asked to login to your Dropbox account and allow linking this installation to your account.

Happy dropping.