How to Install Dropbox Plugin for Thunar in Ubuntu XFCE Desktop

August 20, 2013 — 3 Comments

This simple tutorial shows you how to integrate Dropbox into Thunar file manager by installing a plugin if you’re using XFCE Desktop in Ubuntu.

There’s a PPA repository for (X)Ubuntu 13.04, (X)Ubuntu 12.04, (X)Ubuntu 12.10 and Linux Mint Xfce. So it easy to get the dropbox work with the Thunar.

Thunar Dropbox plugin


  • Install Dropbox integration with Thunar via PPA
  • Enjoy!

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/other-stuff

After that, you can install the Dropbox plugin for Thunar:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install thunar-dropbox-plugin

Once installed, restart the file manager to get it work. Enjoy!

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3 responses to How to Install Dropbox Plugin for Thunar in Ubuntu XFCE Desktop

  1. Installed in Linux LIte 1.0.6 without any problems.

  2. Works nicely in Linux Mint Xfce 15.

    After I installed the Thunar plugin I deleted nautilus (that is installed alongside dropbox if you use the deb from their forum, but I wanted to get a more up-to-date version due to massive performance increase over the one in the ubuntu repos) with

    sudo apt-get remove nautilus

    When I double clicked on Dropbox’s icon it pops up the Dropbox folder in Thunar.

    Love you man!

  3. Works great with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS aka trusty :)

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