How to Install Dropbox 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 14.10

Last updated: December 16, 2014

Dropbox 3 in Ubuntu

Dropbox for Linux finally reaches the 3.x release with new Qt UI and setup wizard. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Dropbox 3 Login

Dropbox is a free file hosting service that provides client for Desktop PC, Android, iOS, BlackBerry OS and web browsers. It’s one of the best alternatives to the Ubuntu One Cloud Storage. The latest release has reached v3.0.x, which brings the below changes:

  • Fixes rare issue that would cause infinite sync for some files.
  • Rewrite of the Windows & Linux UI
  • File identifiers
  • Windows long path support
  • New Linux headless setup flow
  • Updated splash screens
  • New Finder icon overlays
  • New Windows notification area icons
  • New black and white Mac menu bar icons
How to Install Dropbox in Ubuntu & Receive Future Updates:

Dropbox provides binary packages in its website for Ubuntu Linux users, so the installing process is quite easy.

1. Download the .deb installer:

Download Dropbox for Linux

32-bit or 64-bit? Go to top-right corner shutdown menu -> About This Computer and check it out.

2. After downloaded the official installer, double-click on the package in your file browser and select open it with Ubuntu Software Center. When it opens, click the install button.

NOTE: Dropbox official repository will be added into your system during the installing process, so that running regular system updates also updating Dropbox to the latest.

3. Once installed, start Dropbox from the Unity Dash or Application Menu. Wait until the downloading process finished:

Downloading Dropbox

During this time, you’ll be prompted to restart Nautilus (run nautilus -q in terminal) so that the Dropbox synchronization folder and context menu integration will work!

Once done, sign up and log in (see the first picture), and enjoy!

Dropbox in Ubuntu 14.04


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One response to How to Install Dropbox 3 in Ubuntu 14.04 & Ubuntu 14.10

  1. As usual, a great tip to fix something, thanks man.