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Find the Dropbox folder on your computer

After you install the Dropbox desktop app, you’ll see a Dropbox folder on your computer’s hard drive. This folder will have the Dropbox logo on it, and will be named Dropbox. It may also show the name you use to log in to your computer.

Sections in this article:

How to create a shortcut to the Dropbox folder on your computer

To create a shortcut to your Dropbox folder:

  1. Click the Dropbox icon in your system tray or menu bar.
  2. Follow the correct option for your operating system:
    • Linux: Click Open Dropbox folder
    • macOS: Select the folder icon in the upper right-hand corner
    • Windows: Select Dropbox Folder from the menu

Dropbox Business users

If you've connected your personal and work Dropbox accounts, you’ll see two Dropbox folders in the home folder. One is labeled with your team name in parentheses, while the other is labeled Personal. For example:

  • Dropbox (Personal)
  • Dropbox (Acme Inc)

You can create a shortcut to either folder.

How to go directly to the Dropbox folder’s default location

In addition to creating a shortcut to the Dropbox folder, you can also go straight to the default location using a terminal (Linux), Finder (macOS), or Explorer (Windows). If you've changed the location of your Dropbox folder, you can access your current location settings from the Dropbox desktop application preferences.

Note: If you’ve connected a personal and work Dropbox account, you'll need to specify which Dropbox you're trying to reach. For example:

  • ~/Dropbox (Personal)
  • ~/Dropbox (Acme Inc)

Select your operating system below to see further instructions.

Linux

  1. Open a terminal and type cd ~/Dropbox.

macOS

  1. Open Finder and select Go to folder... from the Go menu.
  2. In the dialog box that appears, type ~/Dropbox/ and then press the return key.

Windows

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Type %HOMEPATH%/Dropbox into the address bar.

How to programmatically find Dropbox folder paths

By default, the Dropbox folder is located in your user folder. If you moved your Dropbox folder, or if you connected a work and personal, it may be located elsewhere or have a name other than "Dropbox." You can programmatically find the folder path through a JSON file.

Note: If you connected your work and personal accounts on this computer, your JSON file will show two accounts. The JSON file will only have one account listed if you have one account or your accounts aren't connected on this computer.

In the JSON files below:

  • business/personal is the type of Dropbox account
  • host is an identifier that uniquely specifies a particular user account and computer pair
  • path is the path to this Dropbox folder

Select your operating system below to see further instructions.

Linux

The JSON file is named info.json and can be found at:

    ~/.dropbox/info.json

In this file, there's a JSON object that looks like this:

    "personal": {

        "path": /home/<username>/Dropbox

        "host": 123456789,

        "is_team": false

        "subscription_type": "Basic"

    }

macOS

The JSON file is named info.json and can be found at:

    ~/.dropbox/info.json

In this file, you'll find a JSON object that looks like this:

    {

    {"personal":

            {"path": "/Users/<username>/Dropbox (Personal)",

            "host": 123456789, 

            "is_team": false, 

            "subscription_type": "Basic"},

 

     {"business": 

            {"path": "/Users/<username>/Dropbox (<business name>)", 

            "host": 123456789, 

            "is_team": true, 

            "subscription_type": "Business"}

    }

Windows

The JSON file is named info.json and can be found at one of these two paths:

    %APPDATA%\Dropbox\info.json

    %LOCALAPPDATA%\Dropbox\info.json

In this file, you'll find a JSON object that looks like this:

{

    {"personal":

            {"path": "/Users/<username>/Dropbox (Personal)",

            "host": 123456789, 

            "is_team": false, 

            "subscription_type": "Basic"},

     {"business": 

            {"path": "/Users/<username>/Dropbox (<business name>)", 

            "host": 123456789, 

            "is_team": true, 

            "subscription_type": "Business"}

}

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