I've dropbox v1.4.17 installed and I want to change the path from (...)/Dropbox to (...)/dropbox.

I think until v1.2 this was done by changing dropbox_path field in the sqlite file ~/.dropbox/config.db. Now, this field is hidden inside the encrypted ~/.dropbox/config.dbx (security reasons (in this YouTube video), I guess).

Anyone has a solution to this? I'm thinking about placing my dropbox folder in ~/.local/share/Dropbox and then linking that to the path I want to set.


right click the dropbox tray icon and click Preferences, hit the Advanced-Tab and change the Dropbox Location to the new location.

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    thanks, but its not that easy. That dialog should have been the right way to do it, but when you click "Move..." and select a different directory, it puts a folder called "Dropbox" inside the folder you've selected. What I want is for the dropbox root folder to be named with wathever name I want to give it – WhyWhat Oct 26 '12 at 4:00
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    ok i see, i couldn't find anything either, i guess the easiest way is really to place the Dropbox folder to some place and create a link to it with the name of your wish. – Stefan Oct 26 '12 at 4:41
  • I have installed dropbox, its syncing, but I don't have that icon. How can I launch this? – user48956 Sep 12 '17 at 16:03

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