1. Sharing files and folders
  2. Payments and billing
  3. Security and privacy
  4. Dropbox Business
  5. Syncing and uploads
  6. Sign-in help
  7. Desktop client and web app
  8. Manage account
  9. Space and storage
  10. Photos and videos
  11. Mobile
  12. Dropbox Paper

What are the system requirements to run Dropbox?

Dropbox recommends always applying the latest updates available for your operating system or device to ensure compatibility.

Dropbox desktop app

The Dropbox app runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. To run the Dropbox application on your computer you will need:

  • At least 512 MB of RAM
  • An amount of free space on your computer equal to the amount you want to store on Dropbox
  • Windows: Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. Make sure your partition is mounted with support for extended attributes (xattrs)
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9), Yosemite (10.10), El Capitan (10.11)
  • Linux: Ubuntu 10.04+ and Fedora 19+. Make sure your partition is mounted with support for extended attributes (xattrs). Also see the advanced section below for UI integration requirements


  • Prior versions of Dropbox ran on Windows 2000. However, this operating system is no longer supported by Microsoft. Please note that newer versions of our application don't support Windows 2000 either.
  • Windows XP support will end on August 29, 2016. Learn more

The Dropbox website

You can transfer and download files from dropbox.com using most modern browsers, but dropbox.com works best on the two most recent versions of:

Some features may not be fully supported on older versions of these browsers, or on browsers not listed above.

Dropbox on mobile devices

Dropbox is also accessible via several mobile devices:

iPhone App

  • iOS 8 or later
  • iOS 8 compatible device
  • An Apple ID to access the App Store

iPad App

  • iOS 8 or later
  • iOS 8 compatible device
  • An Apple ID to access the App Store

Android App

  • Android OS 4.0.3 or higher

Windows Phone App

  • A Windows Phone
  • Windows Phone 8.0 or higher
  • A Microsoft account to access the Windows Phone Store

Windows tablet App

  • A Windows tablet device
  • Windows 8.1 or Windows RT
  • A Microsoft account to access the Windows Store

Mobile browser

The mobile-optimized version of Dropbox should work on any web browser. Simply bookmark http://m.dropbox.com

For our advanced users

Linux installer

Dropbox supports the following desktop environments:

  • Ubuntu (Unity) and GNOME Classic, full support using the package in our installation page.
  • XFCE is supported if the corresponding Nautilus dependencies are installed.
  • GNOME shell natively displays the file overlays, but requires the extension TopIcons to get the application indicator (tray icon).

Dropbox uses Qt 5.5, and as such needs the following software to work on desktop environments:

  • GTK 2.12 or higher
  • GLib 2.22 or higher
  • Libnotify 0.4.4 or higher
  • Libappindicator 1.0
  • Nautilus 2.30.0 or higher

The Nautilus installer source code has been released under an MIT license, and people have reported building from source on different versions of Gentoo, Arch Linux, OpenSUSE, and Debian. Your results may vary.