Dropbox is a Web-based file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc. that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization. It was founded in 2007 by Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a Y Combinator startup.



  1. Download the tarfile to your home dir:


  2. Unzip and untar the resultant dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.0.20.tar.gz file. It builds a .dropbox_dist directory.
  3. You may launch the daemon manually with this command, but it's not necessary. We'll configure an init script in the next step.
    % ./.dropbox-dist/dropboxd &
  4. Populate the DROPBOX_USERS variable with usernames of each user for whom the system should automatically start dropbox at boot time. Create file /etc/sysconfig/dropbox, add to it:
    DROPBOX_USERS="user1 user2"
  5. Manually add the init script (below) to:
  6. Configure dropbox to start automatically at boot time:
    % sudo chkconfig dropbox on
  7. Verify it worked. You should see dropbox in the list.
    % chkconfig --list | egrep '3:on|5:on' | less 
  8. Start dropbox to test the new init script:
    % sudo /etc/init.d/dropbox restart


  1. Which Linux version is most appropriate? Nautilus Dropbox (nautilus-dropbox-0.6.7.tar.bz2) or the "raw binary distribution of our syncing daemon" (dropbox-lnx.x86_64-1.0.20.tar)?
  2. The Linux x86_64 version of Nautilus Dropbox requires library versions not yet supported by yum.


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dropbox_%28service%29
  2. https://www.dropbox.com/
  3. http://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64
  4. http://dropboxwiki.com/Text_Based_Linux_Install
  5. http://dropboxwiki.com/Fedora_Startup