How to Sync MAC Desktop and Documents with Dropbox to Get A Realtime Backup.

Last Updated: March 13, 2016
sync mac desktop to dropbox

We keep all our work and files either in Desktop or Documents folder in your MAC to get an easy access to those files. There is nothing wrong about it other than cluttering all files into your Desktop or Document folder.

What will happen if your system crash or fail hard disk? You may have some back up in an external hard disk, but it is good to have keep sync these files with your drop box account.

Dropbox is amazing cloud storage platform that you can use to share any files between your mobile devices, MAC, Windows etc. It is stable, reliable and fast and can go here to get a free Dropbox account.

Drop box offer you almost real time sync between your local files with Drop box account. If you don’t have drop box account, please go to this link to get a free drop box account.

How to Sync MAC Desktop folder with Dropbox?

Here we show you a simple solution to sync your MAC Desktop Folder with your Dropbox account that way you get an instant backup. This is very simple procedure and you need only one terminal command to accomplish this task in your MAC.

Step 1: Start Terminal Window to prepare the command and begin the command

terminal ls command

ln -s

Open your terminal window and type “ln –s” hit space and keep open (Do not hit Return or any other key at this point).

Step 2: Enter the location of your local desktop location as part of the command.

drag mac desktop to terminal

ln -s <MAC desktop folder location>

Open MAC Finder window and locate your system desktop folder from finder. Either enter system desktop folder location into the terminal window or drag and drop the desktop folder to Terminal window to auto enter the desktop location into Terminal Window.

Step 3: Enter the location of your Dropbox Sync Folder as part of the command.

drag dropbox folder to terminal

ln -s <MAC desktop folder location> <dropbox folder location>

Now create a folder in Dropbox say ‘MAC Desktop’ and type the location into terminal window and drag and drop the folder into terminal window to auto enter the Dropbox Folder location into Terminal Window. (Assuming you have Dropbox account and setup the application already in your MAC).

Step 4: Complete the terminal command.

terminal command finishNow you completed your terminal command, hit “Return” (Enter) to run the command. Now all your files from MAC Desktop will sync with your Dropbox account.

sync desktop folderYou can see your dropbox folder start to sync with your MAC desktop folder. In this method, no duplicates will generate or no need to drag and drop files each time to sync, this will do a complete auto sync between your local folder and dropbox.

How to Sync MAC Documents folder with Dropbox?

command sync mac document with dropbox

ln -s <MAC Documnets folder location> <dropbox folder location>

MAC Documents folder is an another folder that we used to store our files. You can follow the same 4 steps explained above to sync your MAC local document folder with dropbox. Please make sure that you change the local folder location and dropbox location for the Documents.

How to remove MAC Desktop Sync from your Dropbox account?

remove mac dropbox folder syncYou have to go to your Dropbox folder from your MAC again and find the folder that you create to sysnc the Desktop folder. Just delete that folder, don’t worry, it won’t delete your desktop files fro your local machine. Instead it will delete the files and sync folder from your drop box account and stop all syncing in future.

You can open your Dropbox folder and you can see syncing between your MAC Desktop/Documents and Dropbox Folder. Now you can access your MAC Desktop files from any other system if you setup the same dropbox account on other machines.


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