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Is it possible to connect a single Dropbox Mac app with two or more Dropbox accounts?

Assume I have corporate and private account. How can I use a single dropbox app for them?

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You can't do it out of one copy of the app, but it seems that you can duplicate the app. You can see (somewhat complicated) instructions here:

I haven't done this personally, but this looks like it should work.

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It is a somewhat complicated process. Multiple simultaneous different dropbox accounts is a feature very well requested that must come along eventually. So second option is waiting. – cregox Mar 13 '11 at 4:46
I seriously doubt it will ever happen. Dropbox makes their revenue from selling upgraded accounts with more storage. If they started letting people have multiple free accounts, their revenue will drop. – Ben Wyatt Mar 14 '11 at 9:30
what if the multiple account feature isn't free? Anyway, there must be a model that works. – cregox Mar 14 '11 at 17:31

I do this with one copy of Dropbox. For my secondary account, I run an automator script on login that sets:

HOME=$HOME/Desktop/SECONDARY-DROPBOX /Applications/ &

I end up with two dropbox icons in the menu bar. I configure one to be alternate black/white icon so I can distinguish visibly between the two.

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My (less complicated?) fix to this was...

I have two Mac accounts:

Robert, Corp a/c Bob, Personal a/c

Dropbox installed on both Accounts synching to


From a Terminal window in the Bob account

bob$>su Robert -c /Applications/

You'll be prompted for password for Robert

Dropbox will run something like


Open a new terminal shell 'Cmd-T' and then run Dropbox for Bob

bob$> /Applications/

I'm running Dropbox v2.8.2 on Mountain Lion

Thanks to Mark for his answer to this Can I start an application as another user without actually switching users?

Image: Two Dropbox Accounts running

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You can simply do that using multiple OS X accounts, running the same copy of Dropbox in each of them.

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