How to install Dropbox without having a GUI

Hey there,

Yesterday I tried to find a way how to install Dropbox when no GUI available, which means on my Ubuntu server machine (just an old computer sitting in my small “mamad“mamad). I wanted to use it for some kind of a little cloud between the computers of my family so i can choose what to share with who, and also as a backup system (online).

I must say it wasn’t so easy to find how to do it, but in the end i found the answer on a very surprising place: the Dropbox wiki (surprised, huh?).

the page on the wiki looks very complicated, which is not true – so how to do it?

First make sure you are registered, I believe you won’t like to use your own account on a different machine.
after you’ve registered, enter the machine (SSH would be best option) and do the following steps:

1. Make sure you’re on your home directory by running the command:
$ cd

2. Now download the Linux tarball
$ wget -O dropbox.tar.gz
or for 64bit users:
$ wget -O dropbox.tar.gz

3. now extract the files:
$ tar -zxof dropbox.tar.gz

4. run the script in background:
$ .dropbox-dist/dropboxd &
you’ll get a link. copy it and open it in your browser and then login with the email address and password you have registered in the beginning.
after you’ve done so – the script will stop and Dropbox will run logged-in.
the Dropbox folder located on ~/Dropbox as usual.

5. to make sure Dropbox will load on startup run the command:
$ dropbox autostart
you can find the whole commands list using dropbox –help or man dropbox

please note that while I did it on Ubuntu server, it might work on any distribution.

Hope this small guide will help someone…
Ddorda 🙂

4 thoughts on “How to install Dropbox without having a GUI

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  2. Just for your general info, dropbox is in the Debian non-free repository for testing and unstable; supposedly, all you need if you use non-free is “aptitude install dropbox”.

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