An open source and lighter client for Dropbox

If you are a Dropbox user but the official client gets you drunk, I have the solution for you. It’s called Maestral and it’s an open source client for Dropbox written in Python.

The advantage with Maestral is that it uses less memory than the official application and above all you can install it on OS not supported by Dropbox. On the other hand, you will not have access to all the additional features of Dropbox such as team management, Dropbox Paper (it allows you to create documents directly in Dropbox) or even the setting of shared folders.

Maestral simply uses the public Dropbox API, which allows it to do just the essentials, namely synchronizing files between your machines and the Dropbox servers. However, beware! Never launch Maestral + the Dropbox application at the same time, it may put a hell of a mess on your Dropbox space.

Maestral can be installed on Linux with the following Python command:

python3 -m pip install --upgrade maestral

And if you want the interface (GUI), it’s:

python3 -m pip install --upgrade 'maestral[gui]'

A Docker image is also available:

docker pull maestraldbx/maestral

And under macOs, it’s even easier with brew :

brew install maestral

Then, to launch Maestral, open a terminal and enter the following command:

maestral gui

I invite you to read the documentation here for those who want to use it only from the command line.

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