Dropbox & Debian

Dropbox has been removed from the Debian package list due to licensing issues.

However, there’s still a way to download and install Dropbox on your Debian box without attempting to compile the source code.

Head over to Linux Mint and download both Dropbox (version 1.0.1) and Nautilus-Dropbox (version 0.6.7-lmde > i386 or amd64).


dpkg -i nautilus-dropbox*
dpkg -i dropbox.*

as root. Then return to your regular user and start dropbox

dropbox start -i

This will ask you to download closed source software, click yes.

Follow the instructions on the screen… Dropbox should be running now.

It appears Dropbox will auto update (it’s running version 10.0.20 at the moment).

I mirrored the files, just in case:

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10 responses to “Dropbox & Debian”

  1. passthejoe avatar

    Thanks for the tip. I wanted to avoid compiling from source, and this worked perfectly in Debian Squeeze.

  2. Ingo avatar

    Thanks! I spent some time trying alternative repositories, .deb files, compiling the source, trying to get some damn nautilus lib packages, etc. Then you just saved me 😉

  3. Tim avatar


  4. Bruce avatar

    Debian Squeeze had problems un-tarring the tar.gz files on your mirror. But the original links work fine. Thanks!

  5. Antoine avatar


  6. Raphaël Hertzog avatar

    FWIW, I have prepared Debian packages that are going to be included in Debian. You can get them here. There are packages for Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) and for Wheezy/Unstable.

    Hope this helps.

  7. Yeri Tiete avatar
    Yeri Tiete

    Awesome! Thanks.

  8. Leo avatar

    Awesome thanks! And I confirm what Bruce has said.

  9. Sebi Z. avatar
    Sebi Z.

    Works great for me on Debian Squeeze, thanks a mil!

  10. Gill avatar

    Worked for me, thanks.

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