Dropbox Portable

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Portable applications have their own advantages and I always prefer them over installers when it comes to applications for Windows. We have already seen how to make any Windows application portable using Cameyo but it has some limitations.

I store most of my important files on Dropbox so that I can work on them from any computer. Whether my laptop’s battery is dead or if I am not carrying it with me, I can always access these files from any computer as long as it’s connected to the internet.

However, every time I try to access these files using a public computer I wish I had a portable Dropbox app on my USB drive. Of course the web interface is good enough to download the files but nothing can compete with a desktop app. Furthermore, as most of the times administrative access are locked on these public computers, downloading and installing one is out of the picture.

As a solution, DropboxPortableAHK is a simple, AutoHotkey script that easily lets you run Dropbox as a portable app and that too without the need of any administrative privileges.

Setting Up DropboxPortableAHK

First things first, download and extract DropboxPortableAHK executable file to a folder in your USB drive. Make a separate folder for the task as all your Dropbox files will be downloaded in it.

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Aug 07, 2009 Description: Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. DropboxPortable allows you to install Dropbox to your USB flash drive, while syncing the data to it as well. Simply download the.ZIP file and decompress it to your USB drive. On the first launch, DropboxPortable will prompt you a very important instruction.

Step 1: Launch the program to start the nine step setup wizard. The first screen is the welcome screen and will ask you to select your preferred language. The Auto detect mode works just fine.

Step 2: In the next step, the program will check your internet connection. If you are using a direct internet connection, you will pass the test without much of a delay. People who connect to internet using a proxy connection will have to configure the same and pass the test before they proceed.

Step 3: Select the parent folder for all your Dropbox files in this step.

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Step 4: This step is only useful if you are importing your existing Dropbox account. But I recommend you skip the step and do a fresh set up at the end of the wizard.

Step 5: In the update notification step, put a check on the options to get notified when both, the portable application and the Dropbox program, gets an update and proceed to the next step.

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Step 6: Here you can configure some options manually like encrypting the Dropbox folder, etc. If you are an advanced user, you can work around the settings but for a normal user, the default configuration would work perfectly fine.

Step 7: In the User Application page, if at all you would like to launch some programs before Dropbox starts, or after you exit it, you can choose them here. Most of the users may skip this step as well.

Step 8: Click on Download Dropbox files button and in the meantime, select the color you would like to give the tray icon.

Step 9: Finally, click the next button to start the Dropbox setup. The Dropbox account setup wizard will load up and ask you for your account details. The only thing to take a note here is, do not use the same folder you used in portable app to download the files. It’s already been taken care of in step 3. Simply use the default folder to complete the setup as the folder will be deleted at the end of the wizard anyways.

DropboxPortableAHK will work in background and take some time to set up the registry and come up with working Dropbox app in the system tray. Next time you want to run Dropbox from your portable drive, simply launch the DropboxPortableAHK executable file. As the program stores all the data in .dbfiles folder, it will load with all your set of settings and start Dropbox in a few seconds.


You can run multiple instances of Dropbox on the same Windows profile using this. Just copy and paste the DropboxPortableAHK executable file to a new folder and run the wizard again to configure a new account. Overall, a pretty cool addition to your Dropbox tool set.

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You can move your Dropbox folder to any location on your hard drive or an external hard drive using the Dropbox desktop app.

Notes before you get started

  • Use the same hard drive: If you decide to move the folder, choose a location on the same hard drive as your operating system. Dropbox won't work correctly if the Dropbox folder becomes inaccessible, which can happen if it's located on an external drive that gets disconnected.
  • Use a supported file system: Moving the Dropbox folder to a drive with a non-supported file system for the operating system will generate an error message. Please review the system requirements for supported file systems for your operating system.
  • Avoid network file systems: Dropbox isn’t compatible with network file systems, since they don’t send messages when files change. When Dropbox first starts it does a deep file scan, detects changes, and syncs them. However, Dropbox usually waits for 'file update events,' which are only sent by physically connected drives.
  • Issues with external drives: If you’re moving the Dropbox folder to an external drive, the Dropbox folder must be available when your computer boots and before the Dropbox desktop app starts. If the Dropbox desktop app starts before such a drive mounts and gets recognized by your computer, you'll see an error. Dropbox will then give you the opportunity to sign into your Dropbox account again or exit if it can’t find your Dropbox folder.
    • If the external drive is disconnected from the computer while Dropbox is running, there's a small—but real—chance that the app will start deleting files before realizing that the entire drive has been removed.
  • Removable media: SD cards, or any device considered 'Removable media' by your operating system, are not supported locations for the Dropbox folder. Dropbox works best when hosted on your computer's main internal drive, or on a physically connected external hard drive. Dropbox can only provide direct support when the folder is hosted on your computer's main internal drive.

Take these potential issues into consideration when choosing a new location for Dropbox. Consult resources for your operating system if you have further questions.

How to move your Dropbox folder

  1. Click the Sync tab.
  2. Click Move… (Linux and Windows), or Dropbox location (macOS).
  3. Select the new location for your Dropbox folder.
  4. Let Dropbox move your folder and its contents to the new location.
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If you’ve linked your Dropbox accounts, you'll see both of your Dropbox accounts listed. Select the correct tab before moving the Dropbox folder location.

Your Dropbox folder will keep the same name as before, and can't be renamed during the move process. Dropbox will not sync your folder if it has been manually renamed or moved through your operating system. If Dropbox loses track of your folder, it will attempt to re-sync the folder in its entirety using its last known location.

macOS: Manually move the Dropbox folder back to its default location

  1. Click the Sync tab.
  2. Click the dropdown beside Dropbox location.
  3. Select Other…
  4. Open the Applications list.
  5. Click the Applications dropdown, and select your hard drive.
  6. Open the Users folder.
  7. Select your computer username (it will likely have a 'home' icon beside it).
  8. Click Select.
  9. Confirm the move by clicking Move.

Windows: Manually move the Dropbox folder back to its default location

  1. Click the Sync tab.
  2. Under Dropbox Folder Location, click Move.
  3. In the text box next to Folder:, type “$Home”.
  4. Click OK.
  5. You will be asked to confirm if you wish to move your Dropbox folder location. Click OK.

I can’t move the Dropbox folder to a new location—what should I do?

If you're moving your Dropbox folder to a new location, you may see errors if any of the following are true:

The new location is on removable media

If you're moving your Dropbox folder, and the selected destination is on removable media (such as a removable USB drive or memory card), Dropbox may not be able to create the Dropbox folder.

We strongly recommend choosing a location on an internal drive. If the Dropbox folder is located on removable media, and this media becomes unavailable, you may see problems including:

  • Unwanted deletions
  • Poor syncing performance
  • Issues with extended attributes
  • File system incompatibilities

There are files or folders in use

Dropbox can’t move some files to a new location if they’re currently being used by other applications. To resolve this issue, close any applications that are accessing files in your Dropbox folder before attempting to create the Dropbox folder in a new location.

Problem with the configuration settings

You can rebuild your configuration settings by signing out and then back in to the Dropbox account on the Dropbox desktop application. This will restore any settings which may have been changed without affecting or removing your files.

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Your hard drive, or the destination for the Dropbox folder, is low on space

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If you weren’t able to move the Dropbox folder to a new location, it's possible that the external drive doesn’t have enough space for all of the data stored in your Dropbox folder. To check whether this is true for you, view your available hard drive space. If your hard drive is very low on disk space, you'll need to make space available in order to properly move the contents of your Dropbox folder to the new location.

You're using symlinks or referenced files

We strongly recommend against methods that add referenced files (symlinks, junction points, or networked folders) to the Dropbox folder. In addition to interfering with creating the Dropbox folder in a new location, reference files can cause high CPU usage, poor syncing performance, permissions issues, and space usage discrepancies.

There are incorrect folder permissions

If you weren’t able to move the Dropbox folder to a new location, you may be encountering a permissions issue. Specifically:

  • Folders in your Dropbox don't have correct permissions
  • The destination where you're attempting to move your Dropbox folder doesn't have correct permissions

If either of these are true for you, follow the steps below to troubleshoot file permissions. If these steps don’t work, contact the maker of the software you’re using on your computer or external hard drive to troubleshoot further.

Click your operating system below to see instructions: