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How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

July 5, 2009 21 comments

I’m not sure why but Dropbox’s .deb file made for Jaunty is not working, so I had to find an alternative solution. This is a rough guide how to get Dropbox to work on your Karmic Koala

Step 1: Go to Dropbox web and download the source. Here is a direct link to it

Step 2: Unpack the source code

Step 3: You will need the following packages (or equivalent):


So fire up Synaptic Package Manager and install them.

or  install them via terminal using this command:

sudo apt-get install libnautilus-extension-dev libnotify-dev python-docutils

Step 4:

Go the nautilus-dropbox dir (the one that got created when you unpacked the source code). Configure, compile and install the Dropbox. In the nautilus-dropbox dir just do:

$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

After installing the Dropbox you must restart Nautilus. You can do that by issuing the following command (note: if you’re running compiz, doing so may lock up your computer – log out and log back in instead):

$ killall nautilus

When all that is done go to Applications -> Internet and you see Dropbox there. Select it and it will finish installing Dropbox. When that’s done set it up by providing your credentials or registering and getting a new account.

PS! This guide was written using Alpha 2.

Edit: Thanks sanbor for your comment, I corrected it.


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