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Installing dropbox and dropbox-nautilus in ArchLinux

If you’ve tried to install dropbox-nautilus from the source found in the Dropbox website, you’ll find that you can’t successfully complete the ./configure step of the package due to an error of the script not finding pygtk. This is an issue with Archlinux because of the way python binaries are handled in this distribution. However, you can use the AUR packages to install dropbox and its integration with Nautilus thank to the people that tweaked the scripts to work with Arch.

The first step you have to take is download the AUR packages. You’ll need to download both dropbox and nautilus-dropbox. Save both .tar.gz files at you preferred location and uncompress them using this command:

tar xvfz <filename.tar.gz>

Obviously, change with the filenames you have downloaded. Each tar command will create a folder. Go to the dropbox folder and run this package:

makepkg -s

This will build a package and install the required dependencies while doing it if needed (it will ask for your root password if you’re doing this without being root). If everything went ok, you’ll find a file with the extension .xy in the folder you’re in. This is what you need to install, using our beloved pacman (use sudo if you’re not root):

pacman -U <filename.xy>

This will install dropbox. After this, do the same for the other package: nautilus-dropbox. makepkg -s, pacman -U <filaneme.xy> and you’re done, you have Dropbox integrated with Nautilus. Just start Dropbox from your Applications menu and enjoy the service!

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4 thoughts on “Installing dropbox and dropbox-nautilus in ArchLinux

  • Jon Rodriguez says:

    For me, the files that you say end in “.xy” actually end in “.xz”. Everything else is the same and the instructions work fine.

    • John says:

      after running “makepkg -s” in the unzipped .dropbox-dist folder i get

      ==> ERROR: PKGBUILD does not exist.

      • Alex says:

        Very late response, but that error usually occures whenever you try to do makepkg -s and there is no actual pkg file inside the folder. Make sure you are in the right folder when doing makepkg -s

  • Isaac Philip says:

    Thanx for the useful blog post.
    I wasn’t able to work with the pacman -U command as I didnt receive any *.xy file in my make directory.
    However, I was able to receive this by using the command, makepkg -i
    reference – https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Makepkg

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