A free Dropbox account with 2GB of storage (can be up to 30GB for completing some goals) seems to be not enough for our need. Also, for some people, they want to separate Dropbox into 2 accounts, one personal use and one for business. However, normally, we can use just one dropbox account at a time on our computer. This article will demonstrates two methods to bypass Dropbox desktop application and force it to run with multiple accounts concurrently.

Run as another user

Have a look at the this post Exploit Unix user account feature, especially the second part to know how this method works. The syntax of command looks similar to this

$ su username -c dropbox

This is tested successfully on MacOS, Linux Mint with Cinnamon desktop environment. On Ubuntu Linux with Unity, KDE and XFCE desktop, I think there is a problem with the GUI, which prevents Dropbox from running using this method.

If you are on MacOS, you can refer to this article MacOS - Using multiple Google Drive accounts at the same time. You can follow the instruction there with a few changes to automate everything on MacOS.


Modify the HOME variable

Sometimes, the above method got problem with the permission since you have to run it under another user permission. You may face the problem that you dropbox cannot read or write to specific folder and you have to deal with chmod command to fic the problem. The problem may occur with Proxifier application (or some other proxy app), which prevents dropbox from connecting to the internet. If you are not familiar with fixing the permission on Unix, you can use the second solution presented here.

First, create a file name in your home directory. This is the content of the file. Replace the path/to/home/directory and /path/to/dropbox/executable with the real path of your home directory and dropbox executable file on your computer.

HOME=path/to/home/directory/.dropbox-personal /path/to/dropbox/executable start -i

Open terminal and change permission for that file and execute it

$ chmod +x
$ ./

Now you can run the first dropbox account. Now repeat the above steps, just change personal to something that you want and you are ready to run the second dropbox account on your computer.

This method is tested to work successfully on MacOS and Ubuntu (Unity, XFCE, KDE), Mint Linux (Cinnamon, Mate).