I'm using XUbuntu and was a bit saddened that I couldn't use Dropbox within Thunar file manager.

Can I make a custom context menu option to 'copy public link' in Thunar?


This solution works for me:

  1. Install nautilus-dropbox (yes, it uses Nautilus, but we will integrate it in Thunar at step 4)

    sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox
  2. Start Dropbox daemon:

  3. Add Dropbox to start-up:

    Settings Manager > Session and Startup > Applications Autostart > Add

    under "Name", enter "Dropbox"

    under "Command", enter "/home/USERNAME/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd"

  4. Install the Dropbox Thunar extension: 32bit, 64bit or source

For me, it works like a charm, except that, when I click to "Open Dropbox Folder" from Dropbox panel applet, it opens Nautilus instead of Thunar.

edit: It is also useful to add a Dropbox folder link to Thunar's sidebar. This can be done simply by draging-'n'-droping Dropbox folder to the sidebar.

  • Thanks for this. I must have been extremely inefficient on Google earlier, this is very helpful. – Henry Gibson Apr 5 '13 at 1:01

First you need to install xclip, sudo apt-get install xclip

Now in Thunar click Edit>Configure custom actions, then click the green plus sign.

Under Name enter 'Copy Public Link', or something suited to yourself

Under Command enter dropbox puburl %f | xclip -se c

In the same window, under the Appearance Conditions tab, tick everything.

Now if you right click in Thunar you will see the dropbox option, I'd like to know if there's a way of limiting the option to just the public folder, that way it won't constantly be there in places it isn't needed.

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    Though you can use dropbox puburl only in your Public folder, anywhere else you will get an error like Couldn't get public url: Unknown Error , thumbsup for this answer. – NickTux Jun 10 '14 at 20:01

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