Cédric Walter | Oct 8, 2020 | 0
Dropbox CLI on linux
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your #Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the #Dropbox website. #Dropbox creates a special folder on the user’s computer, the contents of which are then synchronized to #Dropbox’s servers and to other computers and devices that the user has installed Dropbox on, keeping the same files up-to-date on all devices. I use #Dropbox to backup in near real-time all my server to cloud, beside another daemon creating encrypted backup with Duplicity
- #SSH into your server.
- Make sure that you are in the root of your home directory with
- Download the x86-64 (if it apply else the 32bits) Dropbox client.
wget -O dropbox.tar.gz "http://www.dropbox.com/download/?plat=lnx.x86_64"
- Extract the newly download archive.
tar -xvzf dropbox.tar.gz
- Run the #Dropbox daemon.
- You should now see output similar to this
This client is not linked to any account... Please visit https://www.dropbox.com/cli_link?host_id= to link this machine.
- Go to the URL given in your SSH client you should see a success message at the top of your screen after logging in.
- It is recommended to exit Dropbox now with Ctrl+C and install the official #Dropbox CLI (continue on to post-installation for instructions)
Official Dropbox CLI (Command-line Interface)
Note: This script is required for most #Dropbox functionality. It is recommended to download the official Dropbox CLI to start the dropbox daemon (as an unprivileged user) and get its status.
- #Download the #Python script.
wget -O ~/dropbox.py "http://www.dropbox.com/download?dl=packages/dropbox.py"
- Give your account access to execute the script.
chmod 755 ~/dropbox.py
- To see the available options, run
Changing the dropbox folder location
To move an existing dropbox folder to /foo/bar:
- Stop dropbox.
- Backup your current Dropbox database.
cp ~/.dropbox/dropbox.db dropbox.db.backup
- Download the official script for helping with the directory transition.
- Give your account access to execute the new script.
chmod +x dropboxdir.py
- Move the current Dropbox directory to a new directory named “bar”, located in the directory “foo”.
mv ~/Dropbox /foo/bar
- Set Dropbox to use the new folder
- Start Dropbox.
Using symbolic links to move the folder location
- Stop Dropbox.
- Move your current Dropbox folder to a directory named “folder” located inside the directory “target”
mv ~/Dropbox /target/folder
- Create the symbolic link.
ln -s /target/folder/Dropbox ~/
- Start Dropbox.
Unlink / Relink dropbox account
~/dropbox.py stop</code> <code>mv ~/.dropbox ~/.dropbox.old
Exclude certain folders from syncing
Display currently excluded directories
~/dropbox.py exclude list
Add one or more directories to the exclusion list, then resynchronize Dropbox.
~/dropbox.py exclude add [directory] [directory] [directory]
NOTE: be sure to specify the full path to [directory] above, or else the script will ignore your command. e.g.
<code>~/dropbox.py exclude add ~/Dropbox/Public</code>
Remove one or more directories from the exclusion list, then resynchronize Dropbox.
~/dropbox.py exclude remove [directory] [directory] [directory]
Check Dropbox’s status
Stop and start the Dropbox daemon
Check for more command https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/linux-commands