I am using Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS.

I downloaded dropbox yesterday using this link.

I did everything mentioned in that but I did not see below message.

Output This computer isn't linked to any Dropbox account... Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/cli_link_nonce?nonce=35ff549233f01a5d4e699826b0ab6ffb to link this device.

It got installed and I see a dropbox folder in Home folder of my computer.

Now, I do not think it is syncing. Even if I delete some files from dropbox page, I do not see it change anything in my computers Dropbo folder.

Can some one help me to fix this?


If you are using 18.04 the best way to install Dropbox is from the Ubuntu Software Center. This was not available in earlier versions - in 16.04 we had to install from the command line which was a bit of a task to get right.

If you have set the left Super key as the Overview Shortcut (in Tweaks) press it to get to the search box and start typing gnome and you will be presented with the Ubuntu Software icon which you can select.

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This makes it very easy to install and I have successfully done this a number of times on 18.04 and each time it has set up everything completely perfectly.

You should already have the Gnome Software facility installed on your system.

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Installing it from the terminal is a much more complicated affair. You may need to uninstall what you have done so far in order to get a 'clean' install from the USC

  • It worked for me.. I did not uninstall what I have done before installing from software centre.. How do I do that? – Praphulla Koushik Aug 18 '19 at 6:58
  • Does it not create a problem if I do not uninstall? I can do it all now if you can say how to do.... – Praphulla Koushik Aug 18 '19 at 7:06
  • I don't see that a problem will be created as it now stands. I only suggested uninstalling if getting it from the USC was a problem - which it is clearly not. Thanks for the upvote and accepting the answer. Dropbox is a useful tool made very simple by Ubuntu. – 24601 Aug 18 '19 at 7:12
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    for those of you coming to this page unable to find a solution, this worked for me: I went to terminal and typed dropbox stop and then dropbox start. Then the terminal indicated something was wrong and gave me a command to fix the problem. I copy and pasted this command in the terminal, restarted dropbox, and then dropbox started functioning again. This was the command: echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=100000 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf; sudo sysctl -p – jtorca Mar 23 '20 at 15:53
  • @jtorca This has worked for me too. Thanks! – user833639 May 18 '20 at 21:48

I had this exact problem on a new install of 18.04 & new install of Dropbox. As mentioned in a comment on the other answer, executing the following commands in terminal solved the problem. First,

dropbox stop

followed by

dropbox start

This command prompted an error message, which provides a new set of commands for the terminal:

Unable to monitor entire Dropbox folder hierarchy. Please run "echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=100000 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf; sudo sysctl -p" and restart Dropbox to fix the problem.

So I ran the command in terminal mentioned in the error message (repeated below)

echo fs.inotify.max_user_watches=100000 | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf; sudo sysctl -p

And then restarted dropbox and the problem was fixed.

  • Worked for me, after an upgrade to ubuntu 20.04 – Alexey Bobrick Oct 17 '20 at 12:34

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