How To Use Dropbox With KDE in Kubuntu - Kdropbox

Dropbox is a great file backup service, or file transfer service depending on how you use it. In Linux though, you used to have little option. You could either use Gnome to have nice GUI integration or you had to use the command line. But not anymore. There is now a super easy way to integrate Dropbox into KDE. You do this with KDropbox.

Note: If you do not know what KDE or Linux is, then this post is NOT for you.

I previously wrote about how to get Dropbox running correctly in KDE here. It was a slightly round-about way to do it but it worked flawlessly and it was/is much easier than what the Dropbox WIKI says.

But, there is now the new and easier way. All you have to do is install KDropBox. Best of all, it's super duper easy. Did I mention that it's uber easy?

First thing you have to do it go to the KDropbox website on

Then scroll down until you see the download links (the follow is just an image, not actual links):

If you do not know which ‘flavor' of Linux you have, it's probably best that you compile from source OR you use the method I wrote about previously.

For any future versions of KDropBox please go to the OpenDesktop site and download from there. As of this writing, the latest version is version 0.4.0, so here are the direct SourceFourge links:

Ubuntu x64

Ubuntu x86 – this is the 32bit version

SUSE i586

SUSE x64

Source code for version 0.4.0

Once you have downloaded the correct version for yourself, install it. From here on out, I'm using you're using Ubuntu, or in this case Kubuntu (the KDE version of Ubuntu).

If you know how to install it via command line, then you need no more help from me really. For everyone else, here's how to install the file you just downloaded:

1) If you have single click open enabled (default), then single click on the file you just downloaded. Else you'll probably have to double click.

2) GDebi, or whatever the program in called in Kubuntu is called, will open up your file and it'll look something like this:

3) Click “Install Package”.

4) A password dialog box will pop up, enter the root password. This is required. If you don't have root, ask your sys-admin to install this for you.

5) It'll take a bit to install, nothing too long though. Once it's done it'll show something similar to this:

Now you can run the application easily! There are a few ways:

  • Press ALT-F2 to bring up the run dialog and type kdropbox. Press enter to run
  • Kmenu -> Applications -> Internet -> kdropbox
  • Kmenu -> search for kdropbox -> click on the icon
  • run from command line with > kdropbox

Assuming everything goes correctly you'll be presented with a happy Dropbox window! (click the image to see larger version)

Notice the nifty system tray icons! Woot! Why are there two? Ones for setup ones for the actual drop box. Don't worry about it for now. Enter your information in the “Dropbox Setup” window and you'll be good to go! WOOHOO.

You can safely close the “Dropbox Preferences” window.

With that everything else should be self-explanatory.

Let me know if this, or the older method worked for you! Good luck!