Dropbox Macos

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Depending on your operating system distribution and the package you used during installation, you could have Dropbox files in two different locations. The instructions in this article are for both cases, so some of the commands may result in an error.

  1. Dropbox Mac App

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  1. Open your Terminal application.
  2. Copy and paste the following lines one at a time into Terminal. Press Enter after each one.
    • Don't type commands by hand.
    • You may be prompted for your computer password (not your Dropbox password) after entering the commands. The password field in Terminal remains blank as you type your password. After you type it, press Enter.
    • You'll know that these instructions complete normally once the initial line of text (called prompt) appears.
    • Important: In the commands below, we assume that your Dropbox folder is in the default pathway. If you placed your Dropbox folder in a custom location, replace all instances of ~/Dropbox for the full location of your Dropbox folder in quotation marks. For example, if you have your Dropbox folder in the path /Volumes/DifferentPlace/Dropbox, replace ~/Dropbox from the following command lines to '/Volumes/DifferentPlace/Dropbox'.
    • Once the Terminal prompt shows up again after a command, the instruction completed the requested task and is ready for the next command. If any of the the commands do not respond after an hour, try restarting your computer and try these steps again.
  3. Deleting any of these folders will not delete the files in your Dropbox folder.

  4. Restart your computer.

For an installation on a supported Linux distribution with Graphical User Interface:

  1. Get the correct package for your operating system and architecture. Download now.
  2. Navigate to the folder where you downloaded the installation file and double-click it.
  3. Apply any selective sync preferences you had before the reinstall.
  4. Select the Dropbox folder location, if not in the default location.
    • Important: Because this process removes the previous preferences and configuration, if you wish to avoid re-downloading your Dropbox content you will need to manually choose the location for Dropbox to sync to. If you don't you'll create a new Dropbox folder and start to download your content again.
  5. To select your established Dropbox folder on your drive, click Advanced Settings after choosing which folders to sync.

For an installation on a supported headless Linux distribution:

  1. Enter the following command into your terminal:
    • If your machine is 32-bit:
    • If your machine is 64-bit:
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  2. Run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created.dropbox-dist folder:
  3. When Dropbox finishes installing, sign in and apply any preferences from before the reinstall to the list of excluded items.

Go directly to the Dropbox folder’s default location

Dropbox for desktop

By default, the Dropbox folder is located in your user folder on your computer’s hard drive. To go straight to the Dropbox folder’s default location, follow the instructions for your operating system below:



  1. Open a terminal and type cd ~/Dropbox.
Dropbox Macos


  1. Open Finder and select Go to folder... from the Go menu.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, type ~/Dropbox/ and then press the return key.


  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Type %HOMEPATH%/Dropbox into the address bar.

Note: If you’ve connected a personal and work Dropbox account, you'll need to specify which Dropbox folder you're trying to reach. For example:

  • ~/Dropbox (Personal)
  • ~/Dropbox (Acme Inc)

Create a shortcut to the Dropbox folder on your computer

For easier access to the Dropbox folder on your computer, you can create a shortcut. To do so:

  1. Go directly to the Dropbox folder’s location.
  2. Right-click the Dropbox folder.
  3. Click Make Alias (or Make Link on Linux).

Dropbox Mac App

Your shortcut will appear with alias appended to the name of the file. You can move the shortcut to the location you’d like to store it in.