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Dropbox is a web-based online service which uses cloud technology to let users share and store their files and folders over the internet using file synchronization.

The Dropbox client enables users to drop any file into a designated folder that is then synced with Dropbox's web service and to any other of the user's computers and devices with the Dropbox client. Nautilus Dropbox is an extension that integrates the Dropbox web service with a GNOME Desktop.

Dropbox uses Amazon's S3 storage system to store the files and SoftLayer Technologies for its backend infrastructure.


Free Service
Basic - 2GB of online space

Paid for Service
100GB - £9.99 per month

Dropbox Inc


System Requirements
GTK 2.12 or higher
GLib 2.14 or higher
Nautilius 2.16 or higher
Libnotify 0.4.4 or higher

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Features include:

  • Extremely elegant file synchronization tool
  • Automatic backup of files
  • Undelete files and folders
  • Restore previous versions of files
  • 30 days of undo history, with unlimited undo available as a paid option
  • 2GB of online storage for free, with up to 100GB available to paying customers
  • Sync files of any size or type
  • Sync Windows, Mac and Linux computers
  • Automatically syncs when new files or changes are detected
  • Work on files in your Dropbox even when offline. Changes sync once your computer has an Internet connection again
  • Transfers will correctly resume where they left off if the connection drops
  • Efficient sync - only the pieces of a file that changed (not the whole file) are synced
  • Manually set bandwidth limits
  • Shared folders are viewable only by people you invite
  • All transmission of file data and metadata occurs over an encrypted channel (SSL)
  • All files stored on Dropbox servers are encrypted (AES-256) and are inaccessible without your account password
  • Online access to your files requires your username and password
  • Public files are only viewable by people who have a link to the file(s). Public folders are not browsable or searchable
  • Web access with a competent interface
  • DropboxAddons which provide additional functionality
  • Dropbox website and client software have been hardened against attacks from hackers
  • Dropbox employees are unable to view any user's files

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