How to Install Dropbox on Ubuntu 20.04 From Official Repository

This tutorial will be showing you how to install Dropbox on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS desktop from Dropbox Linux repository. We will not download the installer from Dropbox Linux Download page, because the installer on that page is outdated.

Install Dropbox on Ubuntu 20.04 Desktop From Official Repository

If you don’t have a Dropbox account yet, then click here to sign up. Next, open a terminal window, run the following command to create a source list file for Dropbox. Nano is a command line text editor, which allows you to edit text files in the terminal.

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dropbox.list
dropbox ubuntu 20.04

Add the following line to this file.

deb [arch=i386,amd64] disco main

To save the file in Nano text editor, press Ctrl+O, then press Enter to confirm. To exit the file, press Ctrl+X.  Next, we need to run the following command to import Dropbox GPG key to Ubuntu 20.04 system.

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 1C61A2656FB57B7E4DE0F4C1FC918B335044912E
install dropbox ubuntu 20.04 LTS

If you see the following error:

gpg: keyserver receive failed: no keyserver available


gpg: keyserver receive failed: No data

You can fix this error by using a different keyserver. So instead of you can use

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 1C61A2656FB57B7E4DE0F4C1FC918B335044912E

Next, update local package index and install Dropbox.

sudo apt update

sudo apt install python3-gpg dropbox

The package python3-gpg is used by Dropbox to verify binary signature. Note that the dropbox package is just a helper package. It’s not the actual Dropbox binary.

Now you can start the Dropbox GUI installer from your application menu.

start dropbox ubuntu command line

You can also run the following command to start it from terminal. The -i option will attempt to install Dropbox daemon if it’s not installed.

dropbox start -i

Click OK to install the daemon.

nautilus dropbox

After the Dropbox daemon is installed, a new tab will be opened in your web browser asking you to link your computer to Dropbox account.


Now you can use Dropbox on your Ubuntu 20.04 desktop. Dropbox Linux client supports HTTP, SOCKS4 and SOCKS5 proxy. You can configure proxy in Dropbox Preferences > Proxies. This is useful if your country or area is banned from accessing Dropbox. If you want to set up your own fast proxy server, follow this Shadowsocks tutorial.

ubuntu dropbox proxy

By default, Dropbox will automatically start at login. To disable this you can run this command:

dropbox autostart n

To enable autostart again, run

dropbox autostart y

Dropbox automatically updates itself when a new version is available, but you can also run the following command to have the latest stable version.

dropbox update

For more Dropbox command line usage, issue this command:

man dropbox

Dropbox Not Syncing?

First, run dropbox update command to update Dropbox to the latest stable version, then restart Dropbox. You might need to click Pause Syncing, then Resume Syncing to make it work.

If that doesn’t work, you can try delete your existing Dropbox installation.

rm ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox-dist/

Then run

dropbox update

Can’t Update Dropbox?

If you see the following error message when updating Dropbox, but you are sure that your Internet connection is working. Then the Dropbox command is probably trying to use IPv6 protocol, but your computer can’t use IPv6 protocol to connect to the Internet, so you should disable IPv6 on Ubuntu.

trouble connecting to dropbox servers
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