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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:

http://maketecheasier.com/run-multiple-dropbox-accounts-in-mac-and-linux/2010/05/24

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. –  Cawas Mar 13 '11 at 4:46
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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
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what if the multiple account feature isn't free? Anyway, there must be a model that works. –  Cawas 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/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox &

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

/Volumes/Working/Websync/Robert/Dropbox
/Volumes/Working/Websync/Bob/Dropbox

From a Terminal window in the Bob account

bob$>su Robert -c /Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox

You'll be prompted for password for Robert

Dropbox will run something like

/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python27.zip
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/plat-darwin
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/plat-mac
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/plat-mac/lib-scriptpackages
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/lib-tk
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/lib-old
/Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/Resources/lib/python2.7/lib-dynload

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

bob$> /Applications/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox

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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