So you use DropBox on your PC’s, Laptops, Cellphones, so why not on your QNAP NAS?
The advantage? Well …
- you’d have DropBox access from anywhere in your network or through the QNAP web interface
- you would not have to install DropBox on your PC’s
- you’d save space on your PC’s since the DropBox files only need to be stored on your NAS
Why DropBox? Well, it’s 2 Gb cloud storage for free … and supported on multiple platforms. Yes, even your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry phone, …
Installing DropBox on your QNAP
Getting DropBox going on your QNAP isn’t all that complicated – follow the following steps … (these instructions are based on QNAP Forum Post).
This guide is based on an x86 (Intel) based QNAP NAS. I have not been able to find ARM binaries …
For most operating systems (Windows, Linux, MacOS X, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry), in case you’d like to use the free DropBox service, a dedicated client is available on the DropBox website.
All screenshots are based on an installation on a TS-859 Pro+, other models (x86 platform NAS models only!).
Note sure what platform your QNAP NAS is?
Check the QNAP Comparison chart for more details on the model you have.
Step 1 – Install OptWare and Phyton
First we need to install OptWare (if you haven’t already) and Phyton – read this article on how to install a QPKG.
We did compile a download package containing all needed files – it is recommended to first search and see if there are newer versions available before installing these files. Included are: OptWare IPKG v0.99.163, Phyton 2.7, and DropBox v1.1.45 for Intel (x86) based QNAP models.
Download - DropBox QPKG (Intel)
Step 2 – Create a Dropbox share on your QNAP
Make a new share on your QNAP and call it “Dropbox” (without the quotes, case sensitive, so mind the uppercase “D” and lowercase for the rest!!!) and make sure to set the access rights properly!
Go to the Administration pages of your QNAP. Under “Access Right Management” click “Share Folders“. Click on the right “Create a network share” and follow the wizard’s steps to create a new share.
Step 3 – Install the DropBox QPKG
From the ZIP file (or diretc.ly from here or the QNAP Forum Post) and install it (how to install a QPKG). Make sure to enable the DropBox QPKG;
QNAP – Enable the DropBox QPKG
Step 4 – Activate the Dropbox connection to your account
Open the “Dropbox” share of your QNAP on your computer (Windows: Explorer, MacOS X: Finder, etc) and open the file “dropbox.txt“.
Copy the link on the file and paste it in the address bar of your web-browser to activate and link your DropBox account.
Step 5 – Wait for the initial Sync to complete
After opening the link from the “dropbox.txt” file, you’ll have to wait bit for your QNAP to do the initial download of all the files from your DropBox account – don’t forget, this could be 2Gb of data, so downloading all that might take a bit (depending on your Internet connection).
That’s all there is to it … as if this point your QNAP has a share that stays in sync with your DropBox account – no need to install any DropBox clients on your other computers.
In case you are unable to access your DropBox share …
- go to your NAS using SSH (admin@<ip of your NAS> using your admin password)
- Execute the following commands:
chmod g+rwx Dropbox