What are the system requirements to run Dropbox?

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Dropbox desktop application

The Dropbox application runs on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems. To run the Dropbox application on your computer we recommend:

  • At least 512MB of RAM
  • An amount of free space on your computer equal to the amount you want to store on Dropbox
  • Win logo thumbnailWindows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 and 8 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Mac logo thumbnailMac: OS X Tiger (10.4) or later
  • Linux penguin logo thumbnailUbuntu 7.10+ and Fedora Core 9+. Make sure your partition is mounted with support for extended attributes (xattrs). Also see the advanced section below for Nautilus/GNOME integration requirements

Dropbox website

You can transfer and download files using the Dropbox website from any modern browser. The Dropbox website works best on:

Dropbox on mobile phones

Dropbox is also accessible via several mobile devices:

iPhone App

  • iOS 7 or later
  • iOS 7 compatible device
  • An Apple ID to access the App Store

iPad App

  • iOS 7 or later
  • An Apple ID to access the App Store

Android App

  • Android OS 2.1 (Eclair) or higher

BlackBerry App

  • BlackBerry OS 4.5 and up
  • Music playback is supported on devices with BlackBerry OS 4.6 and up
  • Video/audio format support varies depending on device and OS version. Read more about video/audio support from the BlackBerry website

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 needs the following software to work in the GNOME desktop environment:

  • GTK 2.12 or higher
  • GLib 2.14 or higher
  • Nautilus 2.16 or higher
  • Libnotify 0.4.4 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.

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