How to get Dropbox on Linux Working through a Proxy

I was recently a little stumped on getting Dropbox working on my Ubuntu 10.10 install (Maverick Meerkat) through our corporate proxy…. having got it working though I thought I’d share with you.

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In a terminal start Dropbox with the following command.

dropbox start
Starting Dropbox...
The Dropbox daemon is not installed!
Run "dropbox start -i" to install the daemon

This tells us that the Dropbox daemon needs to be installed… so run the command as suggested

dropbox start -i

This will start the installer and if you have a proxy in the way then this process will throw you an error. What you need to do is specify the proxy settings (including username and password. For some reason setting it via Gnome (System->Preferences -> Network Proxy) does not seem to work and we need to set the Environment variable http_proxy.

export http_proxy=http://username:password@proxy:8080

If you re-run the dropbox start -i command now the install should proceed as required and you’ll have a nice working install of Dropbox running. Note also that during installation it is possible to set the Proxy information that will be used by Dropbox for everyday running so there is no need to put the previously mentioned export command in your .bashrc file.

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2 Replies to “How to get Dropbox on Linux Working through a Proxy”

  1. I tried this but it didnt work although it did lead me to look at the proxy settings where i just switched from auto detect to ‘no proxy’ and it started synching immediately.

    i guess i should have thought a little more about the fact that i didnt actually have a proxy to start with ….


  2. Looks like the more recent installer is connecting to https. I changed to https_proxy and it worked fine.

    Thanks for the tip!

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