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?


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
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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. – 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/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.


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/Dropbox.app/Contents/MacOS/Dropbox

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/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


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

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