I'm trying to backup some file on my Linux server to Dropbox. I do *NOT* want to install Dropbox on my server as I do *NOT* want any of the files on my Dropbox account to be on this server.
I'm looking for something similar to SCP, so it will look like this:
scp backupDocument.txt mydropbox:/folder/save
Basically I should be able to copy a file from my server and paste that file into my Dropbox account without needing to install Dropbox on the actual server.
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Many thanks for the feedback. I've decided to try and install Dropbox on my server as it doesn't look like it actually can do an "SCP like" command.
However I can't seem to actually link my account on the server. The help options also don't seem to actually show an "add your dropbox account by email and password" type thing as seen here:
These are terrible solutions posted by Dropbox...
There has got to be a better way.
I mean how do apps like Wordpress and such backup your content to Dropbox without needing to sync anything locally. Sure it will be API requests instead of an SCP like command line, but I assume that is something worth it for OP.
I recommend using rclone. It's like rsync but for third-party services.
Once you have it set up, your usage syntax will look fairly similar to your `scp` example. Here is how you would copy an entire "source" directory to dropbox:
rclone copy /home/source remote:path/to/dest
And configuration is pretty easy too. Just run "rclone config" and it will step you through the entire process of asking for your tokens and keys. It supports syncing and comparisons based on modification date, size, or checksum. Plus, it fully supports Dropbox for Business accounts and Team Folders.
Be sure not to use the app ID that comes with rclone since it is used by anyone who didn't change the default. Create your own Dropbox App ID here: https://www.dropbox.com/developers/apps/create
Rclone has been around for a long time, has frequent updates and lots of support. Highly recommended.
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