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Installing Dropbox in Debian/Sid

A few months ago dropbox was a Debian packge in non-free. Recently I noticed that there are several new versions available and tried to notifiy the maintainer and ask him to update the package. But unfortunately it looks like the package is not available any more (Here’s why).

However getting Dropbox is quite easy if you know what to do.

The obvious choice would be to go to and download either the source package and compile it yourself or try to install the precompiled Ubuntu packages. The first option is not really an option for most users and the second one does currently not work on Debian/Sid (aka unstable).

However, there is an easy solution: on the download page search for the CLI script (currently it is named Download that and run it with python start -i. That will download the propritary binaries into ~/.dropbox-dist. Now go into that folder and start dropboxd. There you go, you have a fully working systray app for dropbox.

Depending on your desktop environment you might want to put dropboxd in your “autostart”. So you don’t have to start the daemon every time you login. And that’s it.

It is not really ideal, since a Debian package would be much better for updates, security, yada yada, but it’s still better than nothing.