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How to Install Dropbox on macOS using Homebrew

This post provides a step-by-step guide with a list of commands on how to install Dropbox on macOS using Homebrew.

What is Dropbox?

“Dropbox is a modern workspace designed to reduce busywork-so you can focus on the things that matter. Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronisation, personal cloud, and client software.” ~ Dropbox

What is Homebrew?

Homebrew is a free and open-source software package management system that simplifies the installation of software on Apple’s macOS operating system. It is known as the missing package manager for macOS.

Quick Commands

The following is the single command required to install Dropbox on macOS using Homebrew.

$ brew cask install dropbox

Brew Commands

This section provides a quick set of commands on how to install Dropbox on macOS using Homebrew. It is assumed that Homebrew is already installed. If not, please follow this link.

$ brew update                           # Fetch latest version of homebrew and formula.
$ brew tap caskroom/cask                # Tap the Caskroom/Cask repository from Github using HTTPS.
$ brew search dropbox                   # Searches all known Casks for a partial or exact match.
$ brew cask info dropbox                # Displays information about the given Cask
$ brew cask install dropbox             # Install the given cask.
$ brew cleanup                          # Remove any older versions from the cellar.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed Dropbox on macOS making use of Homebrew. Follow me on any of the different social media platforms and feel free to leave comments.