The desktop app runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. To run the Dropbox app on your computer you will need:
Note: If you're running an older version of the Windows operating system, you may receive an email notification from Dropbox that it's no longer supported. Learn more.
Note: If you're running an older version of the Mac operating system, you may receive an email notification from Dropbox that it's no longer supported. Learn more.
See the advanced section at the end of this article for UI integration requirements.
In addition to a supported operating system, Dropbox requires a filesystem that supports extended attributes (xattrs). The default filesystems (ex. NTFS, HFS, ext4, APFS) for supported operating systems support extended attributes.
The Dropbox desktop app supports connecting on networks that utilize IPv6 addressing.
Dropbox automatically detects the address protocol in use on the network. If your internal network uses IPv6 addresses, then the desktop application operates within this environment.
Dual-stack (or native dual-stack) IP implementation
With a dual-stack IP implementation where both IPv6 and IPv4 are available, Dropbox uses the IPv6 network by default. If IPv6 addresses are slow to resolve, the app defaults to IPv4.
Note: LAN sync uses IPv4. If your network only supports IPv6, then you can’t use LAN sync.
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:
Note: Some features may not be fully supported on older versions of these browsers, or on browsers not listed above.
Dropbox is also accessible via several mobile devices:
The mobile-optimized version of Dropbox should work on any web browser: http://m.dropbox.com
Dropbox Paper is available at paper.dropbox.com and through the Paper mobile apps:
Dropbox Paper mobile apps
Dropbox supports the following desktop environments:
If your desktop environment is not supported, you can use the Linux command line (CLI) to control Dropbox. Learn more.
Dropbox uses Qt 5.5, and as such needs the following software to work on desktop environments:
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.
Dropbox works best when it is the only desktop application interfacing with the Dropbox folder. Multiple Dropbox desktop applications or other syncing applications interfacing with the same Dropbox folder is not supported.