Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by the American company Dropbox, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco, California, that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox was founded in 2007 by MIT students Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi as a startup company, with initial funding from seed accelerator Y Combinator.
Dropbox has been ranked as one of the most valuable startups in the US and the world, with a valuation of over US$10 billion, and it has been described as one of Y Combinator’s most successful investments to date. However, Dropbox has also experienced criticism and generated controversy for issues including security breaches and privacy concerns.
- Share any file or folder easily, with anyone – File sharing with Dropbox is quick and simple. By just sharing a link, you can send anything – from photos and videos to zipped folders and large CAD files – with anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account. Share links and files from anywhere, using your phone, tablet or computer.
- Back up any file or folder – No matter the file or folder you’re trying to back up—from photos and videos to large CAD files and PowerPoint presentations—you can store it safely using cloud storage solutions from Dropbox.
- Sync files across devices and platforms – It’s easy to make your files accessible on your daily commute to work or on vacation. Save a file to the Dropbox folder on your computer, and it will synchronize automatically to your mobile device. Cloud file sync is available on multiple devices and platforms, from Windows and Mac to mobile devices like iPhone, iPad and Android via the Dropbox mobile app.
How to install DropBox on Ubuntu 21.04 ?
For the installation we are going to use the terminal and wget so let’s get right on it:
Code language: PHP (php)
# How to install DropBox on Ubuntu 21.04 ? $ sudo apt-get install wget $ cd ~ && wget -O - "https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64" | tar xzf - # Now to start dropbox $ ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd
Output This computer isn't linked to any Dropbox account... Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/cli_link_nonce?nonce=35ff549233f01a5d4e699826b0ab6ffb to link this device.
Now open the browser and navigate to the above link to connect system with your dropbox account.
Enter Dropbox username, password and click Sign-in.
The server is connected to our dropbox account, we should see a message like below.
This computer is now linked to Dropbox. Welcome Smart
Dropbox will be created in our home directory. keep the data in this folder to access it from any devices.
$ ls Dropbox/
Output 'Get Started with Dropbox.pdf' python3_tutorial.pdf Screenshots 'Simply Raspberry Pi.pdf' smart.zip
Congratulations! Your Ubuntu has been linked to our dropbox account. The dropbox will keep running until we stop it by pressing
CTRL + C. We should start it manually every time
when we want to use dropbox.
In this article we installed DropBox using the terminal and wget.
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