How to Install Dropbox on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

This tutorial shows you installing the Dropbox client app on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS in a few easy-to-follow steps.

Dropbox is a popular cloud storage service that lets you save files online and sync them to your devices. It is an excellent choice for anyone seeking an easy-to-use, low-cost cloud storage platform.

This article will show you how to install Dropbox in Ubuntu 22.04, with the caveat that the steps are the same for all other versions of Ubuntu.

Step 1: Get Ubuntu Dropbox Installer

The first step is to get the Dropbox application’s installation file for our Ubuntu system. So, go to the Dropbox website and choose the 64-bit (.deb) file version for Ubuntu for download.

Download Dropbox installation package for Ubuntu

A file with a .deb extension is a Debian Software Package file. If you are interested in getting into detail about installing .deb files in Ubuntu, our excellent guide “How to Install deb Files in Ubuntu [with Examples]” may help you.

Once the system has finished downloading the Dropbox installer, the installation process is next.

Step 2: Install Dropbox Installer on Ubuntu

We should clarify that the downloaded package does not install the Dropbox application itself but just its installer. In other words, we must first install it and then run it to install the Dropbox desktop client for your Ubuntu system.

Navigate to your “Downloads” directory, find the Dropbox installer package, right-click on it and choose the “Open With Software install” option.

Install .deb file

The Ubuntu software application will open the file and allow you to install it. Click the “Install” button to begin the installation.

Software Install App

Enter your user password when prompted and hit “Authenticate.”

Software Install - password authentication

Wait for the installation to complete then you can close the window.

Step 3: Run Dropbox Installation

Once installed, you can start Dropbox installation from the application menu. Type “dropbox” and click on the icon when it appears.

Starting installer

An informational pop-up window appears the first time you run it. To proceed, click “OK.”

Dropbox Installer notification

The Dropbox installation on your Ubuntu system will begin. It will be finished quickly, in less than a minute. So, please wait for it to be complete.

Installing Dropbox on Ubuntu

Once Dropbox is installed, it will launch your default browser and show the Dropbox login screen, where you must enter your Dropbox account username and password. Keep in mind that Dropbox will not function until you properly sign in.

Dropbox Sign In page

You are done once you successfully authenticate. A message will notify you that your Dropbox account has been successfully connected. Clicking on “Continue to Dropbox” will take you to your Dropbox account.

Dropbox account successfully authenticated

Now you should see a Dropbox folder created in your home directory, and your files from the cloud should begin to show here.

Dropbox folder

Furthermore, the Dropbox icon will appear in the system tray area of your Ubuntu system, and by clicking on it, you may manage your Dropbox instance.

Dropbox successfully installed on Ubuntu 22.04


This tutorial showed you how to install one of the world’s most popular cloud storage services, Dropbox, on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

It should be noted that the free Dropbox version allows for a maximum of three devices to be connected simultaneously. If you reach this limit, you must unlink one of them before joining the new one.

This limitation, however, can be bypassed by using an alternative Dropbox client, such as Maestral. Our comprehensive “Maestral Dropbox Client, How to Install and Use It on Linux” article will come in handy if you choose to go this way.

Thank you for using this guide. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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