UPDATE: This article has been updated for clarity and to include user feedback. Install Dropbox on Kubuntu KDE (Without Nautilus).
I have been using Dropbox for quite some time now and I really like it. It is cross platform, meaning it works on my Linux machines (at home and at work) and also my OS X machines. It is a very, very simple way to synchronize files between machines.
As a quick aside, for those not completely satisfied with Dropbox, you should tryout the latest FileShare service from YouSendIt!
Recently I switched to KDE 4.2.2 and have since missed Dropbox, as it is primarily designed for use with GNOME’s Nautilus file browser. I found a quick tutorial outlining how to use Dropbox on KDE, and wanted to pass it along.
- Download the 32bit Dropbox Linux client or 64bit Dropbox Linux client.
- Extract the contents (.dropbox-dist directory) to your home folder.
- Run ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd.
The first time you run Dropbox you’ll go through a short configuration wizard. Simply enter your existing Dropbox account information and you’re set.
If you don’t have an existing Dropbox account, but would like to check it out, do so here.
If you’d like Dropbox to launch automagically at login simply create a symlink from your home folder to your .kde4/Autostart directory:
ln -s ~/.dropbox-dist/dropdoxd ~/.kde4/Autostart/
Rinse and repeat on any of your machines and you’ll be synching files in no time!