How do I change the Dropbox directory on a headless GNU/Linux server?

You could just create a symlink to ~/Dropbox

Install Dropbox to get the most out of your account
When your download is complete, run the Dropbox installer

Install the appropriate package if you want to use Dropbox on your Linux Desktop.
If your distribution is not listed then choose “Compile from Source”.

Ubuntu (.deb) 64-bit 32-bit
Fedora (.rpm) 64-bit 32-bit
Compile from source


Note: These packages install an open-source helper application. The version of this application does not change as frequently as the main Dropbox application. These packages will always install the latest version of Dropbox for Linux.

Dropbox Headless Install via command line

The Dropbox daemon works fine on all 32-bit and 64-bit Linux servers. To install, run the following command in your Linux terminal.


cd ~ && wget -O – “” | tar xzf –


cd ~ && wget -O – “” | tar xzf –

Next, run the Dropbox daemon from the newly created .dropbox-dist folder.


If you’re running Dropbox on your server for the first time, you’ll be asked to copy and paste a link in a working browser to create a new account or add your server to an existing account. Once you do, your Dropbox folder will be created in your home directory. Download this Python script to control Dropbox from the command line. For easy access, put a symlink to the script anywhere in your PATH.

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