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Dropbox not working in Fedora 28

asked 2018-07-08 15:59:33 -0500

fgrassi gravatar image

Hi everybody.

I'm new to Fedora, coming from Ubuntu, and wanna to have Dropbox daemon working in order to sync my files/folders bidirectionally between my local desktop and the Dropbox server linked to my Dropbox account.

I just downloaded the dropbox from here:; then installed from terminal with sudo rpm -Uvh nautilus-dropbox-2015.10.28-1.fedora.x8664.rpm.

It seems to be installed just fine, but when I run it, either by GUI or using dropbox start -i (it keep saying "Dropbox is not installed, please run with the -i option"), it keep downloading the daemon until 97% and just get stuck in there.

I also tried to remove it, reboot the system and re-install it from different sources, such as older versions and even the from the default repository (through sudo dnf install dropbox), but nothing seems to work. I also tried to search for a solution by myself before asking here, but nothing I read and tried worked so far.

My system is (as output by "lsb_release -a"):

LSB Version: :core-4.1-amd64:core-4.1-noarch

Distributor ID: Fedora

Description: Fedora release 28 (Twenty Eight)

Release: 28

Codename: TwentyEight

Thanks in advance for your help.

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try this

  1. cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -

  2. ~/.dropbox-dist/dropboxd

There is an python script also available on dropbox official website download section try that . along with all these check dropbox github section

nisankh gravatar imagenisankh ( 2018-07-09 02:30:58 -0500 )edit

Are there any logfiles? Is there a verbose output option?

The version indicates that this dropbox package hasn't been updated in 3 years. You may want to compile the package from source and have a look at the warnings or errors it generates during compilation (and fix them). You also may want to run the application in a debugger.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-07-09 02:47:10 -0500 )edit

just run once this

dnf search dropbox

The repository should already have support after Fedora 26, if you can't try RPMfusion repositories here it was updated on may 2018 version number still indicates its first release on 2015

key file

remove dropbox, than use i= install v=verbose h=hash means rpm -ivh <packagename.rpm>


tar xjf ./nautilus-dropbox-<latest numbers="">.tar.bz2 cd ./nautilus-dropbox-<latest number="">; ./configure; make; make install;

nisankh gravatar imagenisankh ( 2018-07-09 05:55:49 -0500 )edit

last but effective one is ::


python start -i

follow the instaructions

Note options are available just run python , there will be options available ( Its CLI based )

all worked i tested these all in my fedora system image link

nisankh gravatar imagenisankh ( 2018-07-09 06:15:12 -0500 )edit

Hi nisankh.

Thank you for your inputs, but unfortunately, still nothing seems to work here. :(

No matter the way I installed it, still get the messages: "Dropbox needs to be installed; run dropbox start -i", and then it get stuck on the "Unpacking dropbox... 97%"...

Don't know if worth to mention that, during the installation, I get a message: Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: "murrine"; but seems it was a warning (not an error), ignore it. Also, it seems to be strictly related to Debian-based systems, according my researches. Couldn't manage to get rid of that.

fgrassi gravatar imagefgrassi ( 2018-07-11 16:00:49 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-07-11 23:46:02 -0500

davidva gravatar image

Dropbox is available in Rpmfusion or UnitedRPMs ; Dropbox is tested in those repositories..

dnf -y install nautilus-dropbox
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Hi davidva. I tried "dnf -y install nautilus-dropbox", but still not working. After that, even if I run the dropbox from terminal (dropbox start), it says "Dropbox not installed, please run dropbox start -i". And when I run the last, is says "done" after a while, but if I issue a "dropbox status", I getDropbox isn't running!". By issuing a "dropbox start", I got a "The Dropbox daemon is not installed! Run "dropbox start -i" to install the daemon" again... Seems to be some incompatibility between Dropbox and some other package installed in my specific instance of Fedora, but got no clues.

fgrassi gravatar imagefgrassi ( 2018-07-12 08:01:23 -0500 )edit

For Fedora 28, the package is called dropbox. dnf install -y dropbox

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-13 13:34:21 -0500 )edit

answered 2018-07-13 13:35:39 -0500

florian gravatar image

The easiest is to install Dropbox as a flatpak from

 flatpak install flathub com.dropbox.Client
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answered 2018-07-13 11:39:40 -0500

fgrassi gravatar image

Since I'm convinced that the problem is due to some incompatibility between my specific instance/installation of Fedora Workstation 28 and some other app I may installed, I decided to give up the troubleshooting and rather use Dropbox via Docker.

Thank you to janeczkufor creating a image and made it available to us here: I must say that it worked like a charm!

Thanks anyway to Fedora community for the trials.

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docker seems to be more complicated than just using a flatpak build from

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2018-07-13 13:36:48 -0500 )edit

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