Installation (Dropbox)

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How to install and remove Dropbox on Linux Mint:


sudo apt install dropbox

Subsequently, a piece of proprietary software is downloaded and installed.

Headless installation

You can also download this proprietary portion mentioned above yourself - headless installation. In Sep. 2022, this turned out to be quite handy: The internet connection in Ossolin was otherwise too limited.


Dropbox Headless Install via command line
The Dropbox daemon works fine on all 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. To install,
run the following command in your Linux terminal.


cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -

cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -
Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.

If you’re running Dropbox on your server for the first time, you’ll be asked to
copy and paste a link in a working browser to create a new account or add your
server to an existing account. Once you do, your Dropbox folder will be created
in your home directory. Download this Python script to control Dropbox from the
command line. For easy access, put a symlink to the script anywhere in your PATH.


Remove Dropbox with

sudo apt remove dropbox


sudo apt remove --purge dropbox

However, in neither case does it remove personal settings, nor the existing Dropbox folder. This folder might contain some hidden stuff, even if synchronization never actually happened.

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