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5 Steps To Install Dropbox In Karmic Alpha

Notice: This post is more than a year old. It may be outdated.

Anyone using the Karmic Alpha’s who has tried to install Dropbox will have noticed that the Jaunty .deb’s fail to work.

Thankfully all you need to do is install it from source – which isn’t as scary as it sounds!

A rather spiffing gentleman called Eric brought this to my attention on his blog. Strangely it hadn’t occured to me to build Dropbox from source!

Depend On Me

Firstly you’ll need the required depedncies for Dropbox

sudo apt-get install libnotify-dev libnautilus-extension-dev python-docutils

Download Me

Then download and extract the source to your desktop. (right click – extract)


Dev: (thanks Thomas)

Install Me

Open a terminal and navigate into the extracted folder

cd Desktop

cd nautilus [[hit the tab button to auto-complete]]

./configure && make

sudo make install

OR if you prefer to use checkinstall: –


sudo checkinstall

Once installed you’ll need to eitehr log out and back in or simply

killall nautilus

[This was written using Alpha 6]