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How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

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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  1. Karsten
    August 12, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Changed in Alpha 3: use the precompiled binary for Jaunty.

  2. erickoo
    August 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    cheers mate, will try it

  3. Silentheero
    September 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    Worked perfectly using Alpha 5. Thanks!

  4. September 12, 2009 at 3:42 am

    The correct package for docutils is python-docutils
    To install all necesary packages just drop
    sudo apt-get install libnautilus-extension-dev libnotify-dev python-docutils

    Thank you for the guide, works great 🙂

  5. Vincent
    September 24, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Just use
    > sudo dpkg -i nautilus-dropbox_0.6.1_i386_ubuntu_9.04.deb
    It is because of bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/vte/+bug/388953

  6. October 12, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Get tutorial. Flawless install on Beta from 10/6/09

  7. seb
    October 13, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks, works on 9.10 beta

  8. jyves
    November 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    it works ! thanks very clear even for a frenchie 😉

  9. Massimo Sgrelli
    November 15, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Thanks a lot for your guide.
    — massimo

  10. texpat
    February 23, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Looks like I’m late to the party. Still: thanks for this post. Been trying to get Dropbox working for ages until I found this.

  11. darkmax
    March 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I get an error trying to install nautilus-extension-dev what should I do?

    • March 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      which version are you using (ubuntu, dropbox) ?

  12. darkmax
    March 4, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    ubuntu 9.10, no version of dropbox couldn’t finish installation :s

  13. February 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

    You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually something that I think I might by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely huge for me. I’m taking a look ahead in your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

  14. September 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for writing this guide Eric; worked a treat on Ubuntu 11.04


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