How to install Dropbox on CentOS 8 server
Install Dropbox on CentOS 8
Dropbox is an online storage service that supports Linux distributions. Dropbox provides online storage and automatically backs up and stores your data. There are both free and paid plans. The free plan provides 2GB of storage if you need more storage than you can buy a paid plan. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install Dropbox on CentOS 8 server.
Before installing Dropbox on CentOS. Requires a non-root user account on the server with sudo privileges.
Install Dropbox client
Here, first install Dropbox Client. Download the Dropbox Client using the following command:
curl -Lo dropbox-linux-x86_64.tar.gz https://www.dropbox.com/download?plat=lnx.x86_64
Create a directory for the Dropbox installation using the following command:
sudo mkdir -p /opt/dropbox
Next, extract the downloaded file inside
sudo tar xzfv dropbox-linux-x86_64.tar.gz --strip 1 -C /opt/dropbox
Dropbox setup account
In this section, you link your Dropbox account to a Dropbox client on the server and execute the following command:
You get the following output: Copy the specified link in the output and execute it in your favorite browser on your local machine.
Host ID Link: This computer isn't linked to any Dropbox account... Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/cli_link_nonce?nonce=3d88f2e1f2949265ebcac8d159913770 to link this device.
If you have an existing Dropbox account, sign in or create a new account with Dropbox.
Install Dropbox on CentOS-Register with Dropbox
After completing the above process, you will see the following output on your CentOS system:
Link success output: This computer is now linked to Dropbox. Welcome Sammy
You have successfully linked your Dropbox account to your Dropbox client. New
Dropbox A directory is created in the HOME directory to store the synced Dropbox files. Enter now
Ctrl+c Set up Dropbox as a service.
Set up Dropbox as a service
To set up Dropbox as a service, you need to create an init script and a Systemd unit file and enter the following command:
sudo curl -o /etc/init.d/dropbox https://gist.githubusercontent.com/thisismitch/6293d3f7f5fa37ca6eab/raw/2b326bf77368cbe5d01af21c623cd4dd75528c3d/dropbox
sudo curl -o /etc/systemd/system/dropbox.service https://gist.githubusercontent.com/thisismitch/6293d3f7f5fa37ca6eab/raw/99947e2ef986492fecbe1b7bfbaa303fefc42a62/dropbox.service
Run the following script to make the above file executable:
sudo chmod +x /etc/systemd/system/dropbox.service /etc/init.d/dropbox
/etc/sysconfig/dropbox The file must contain the name of the system user running Dropbox. To edit this file, run the following command:
sudo nano /etc/sysconfig/dropbox
Set the user name as in the following example, save the file and exit.
Reload the Systemd daemon.
sudo systemctl daemon-reload
Next, run the following command to start and enable the Dropbox service.
sudo systemctl start dropbox && sudo systemctl enable dropbox
Install Dropbox CLI
Enter the following command to download the Dropbox CLI script:
cd ~ && curl -LO https://www.dropbox.com/download?dl=packages/dropbox.py
Run the following command to make the file executable:
chmod +x ~/dropbox.py
The Dropbox CLI assumes that ~ / .dropbox-dist contains the Dropbox installation file, so execute the following command:
ln -s /opt/dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist
Now you can run the Dropbox client with the following command: Learn how to use the Dropbox CLI.
You can check the status of Dropbox by entering the following command:
You should get the following output
Output: Up to date
Use the following command to turn off automatic LAN synchronization:
~/dropbox.py lansync n
If you need more information about a specific command, enter the following command
~/dropbox.py help sharelink
The above commands provide more information about the sharelink command.
dropbox running Returns 1 if running 0 if not running.
Check Dropbox status by typing
If Dropbox is not active, run the following command to start the service
To stop the Dropbox service, enter the following command
Enter to get sync status of Dropbox files
~/dropbox.py filestatus Dropbox/test.txt
Enter to generate a shareable link for the file
~/dropbox.py sharelink Dropbox/test.txt
You can exclude directories from synchronization with the following command:
~/dropbox.py exclude add Dropbox/dir1
Enter the following command to list the excluded directories
~/dropbox.py exclude list
Remove directory from exclusion list entry
~/dropbox.py exclude remove Dropbox/dir1
Link additional Dropbox accounts
To link additional Dropbox accounts, execute the following command, then copy the specified URL to the output.
Next, go to the URL specified in the output to complete the authentication process. Next, add a user inside
sudo nano /etc/default/dropbox
Unlink Dropbox account
First, stop the Dropbox service.
sudo service dropbox stop
Remove user from
sudo nano /etc/default/dropbox
Next, replace the USERNAME with your system’s real username and delete the Dropbox user directory using the following command:
sudo rm -r ~/USERNAME/Dropbox
Next, start the Dropbox service.
You learned how to install Dropbox on CentOS 8. If you have any questions, don’t forget the comments below.