How to install Dropbox client on Debian 9 Stretch Linux


The objective is to install Dropbox client on the Debian 9 Stretch Linux.


Privileged access to your Debian 9 Stretch Linux is required.




  • # – requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
  • $ – requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user


Add non-free Repository

Use your favourite text editor and edit /etc/apt/sources.list by adding non-free after main on each line. For example:

deb stretch main
deb stretch main non-free

Once ready, run:

# apt update

Install DropBox Client

The installation of Dropbox is as simple as executing:

# apt install nautilus-dropbox

Start and Complete Dropbox Installation

Using start menu locate dropbox’s icon and start the actual application:

Start Dropbox application

Click OK to complete Dropbox installation:

Finish Dropbox application installation

Finish Dropbox application installation progress bar

to Dropbox

Enter your Dropbox credentials:

Dropbox sign in

Open the nautilus integrated Dropbox folder:

Dropbox logged in

Dropbox open shared directory