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Need help installing Dropbox on a Raspberry Pi

Need help installing Dropbox on a Raspberry Pi

fadi
New member | Level 2

Hello guys, 

I'm trying to install dropbox on my RPI 3 ModelB with Raspbian OS. I'm running the following commands.

pip install dropbox

sudo pip install dropbox

The dropbox gets successfully installed, but then I can't find it anywhere.

I want to use dropbox to synch a file using Python.

Any thoughts?

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Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

Jay
Dropboxer

You're right of course, @Rich, I forgot that Raspberry doesn't run on a standard processor, and there is definitely no ARM implementation of the Dropbox app.

@fadi, after glancing at some YouTube videos, it appears they're either using code from Github to directly upload files to the site without the use of an app, or using a service which emulates an x86 environment, to which the desktop app can be installed.

Hope that helps!

 



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Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

Jay
Dropboxer
Hi there, currently the only supported distros are Ubuntu and Fedora, so the amount of info we can provide is limited.
 
Does the Dropbox desktop application appear in the menu bar? Are you instead doing a headless installation of the app? Have you tried doing an advanced reinstall?
 
Keep me posted!

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Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

fadi
New member | Level 2

Hi Jay,

Thanks for the reply. I can't see the Dropbox application in the menu bar. When I try to run the command as per the link you've shared I get this.

dropbox: command not found

 Any thoughts?

Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

Rich
Super User II

It's not just a distribution issue; it's mainly the processor. The Raspberry Pi uses an ARM processor, and Dropbox isn't compiled for the ARM processor.

There are no official Dropbox clients that will run on an RPi.

Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

fadi
New member | Level 2

Hi Rich, I don't think so. I've seen videos for the Dropbox running on RPI. I'm not sure why i'm not able to do so though. Thanks

Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

Jay
Dropboxer

You're right of course, @Rich, I forgot that Raspberry doesn't run on a standard processor, and there is definitely no ARM implementation of the Dropbox app.

@fadi, after glancing at some YouTube videos, it appears they're either using code from Github to directly upload files to the site without the use of an app, or using a service which emulates an x86 environment, to which the desktop app can be installed.

Hope that helps!

 



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Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

fadi
New member | Level 2

Thanks Jay. So How can I do the emulation thingy? I have tried multiple ways from the net but nothing worked so far. Am I missing something? Even tried the Github codes without success.

Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

Jay
Dropboxer
I'd like to help, but that's not something I can assist with, since it isn’t related to a Dropbox product.
 
I’m sure there are some tutorials out there that can help shed light on what you need to make it work.

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Re: Dropbox for RPI 3

fadi
New member | Level 2

Thank you Jay for your assistance. I completely understand 🙂

Re: Need help installing Dropbox on a Raspberry Pi

TimTheEnchanter
New member | Level 2

I found this thread almost first thing when trying to get Dropbox to work with my Raspberry Pi 4, so I decided to post the work around I found here.

rclone

It syncs with a great number of cloud platforms, but most importantly it had a GUI interaface available in the Raspbain repo. Once I found it, it only took a minute to get my Dropbox synced up to my pi. I've had some trouble open some files directly from the mounted dropbox, but it does sync properly. rclone's documentation was fairly clear and easy to follow too.

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