Dropbox switches to Qt, looks great in Plasma systems

I use ownCloud as my storage on cloud service, but I also use Dropbox to share files with friends and family. One gripe I have with Dropbox on Plasma systems (as I am a KDE Plasma user) is that its login window looked ugly in it. That’s going to chage as Dropbox client is switching to Qt.

Earlier this week we reported new experiment builds of Dropbox which bring new UI to Linux, Windows and Mac systems. I didn’t try it out back then as I was busy with Plasma 5 review so I could see they were using Qt.

A Dropbox user Nicholas v. pointed it out on the forums:

Very excited about the rewrite for linux. It’s been a long time coming. Hopefully we’ll end up getting some of the glitz and glamour of the other platforms as a result. (Oh – and also very excited that it’s Qt!)

I checked it out on my Plasma system and it really looks far better than earlier.



How to test Qt-based dropbox on your system

1. First of all quit Dropbox either bu right clicking on the dropbox icon on the task-bar or running dropbox stop command in the Konsole
2. Download the experiment buld from this link
3. Extract the zip file (it would be a hidden folder)
4. Cd to the ‘dropbox-lnx’ folder

mukt@the-mukt-online:~ > cd /home/mukt/Downloads/.dropbox-dist/dropbox-lnx.x86_64-2.11.0/

5. Then run this command:

dropbox start

You have the Qt based dropbox running on your system.

If you want to go back to old Dropbox, simple stop dropbox again, delete the downloaded and extracted folder. Then run dropbox from your menu.

  • Timur Lavrenti Kiyivinski

    Sounds great!
    BTW: Typo in step one :3

  • tech77

    Hey, you mentioned ownCloud, why use Dropbox anymore?
    Get a free ownCloud account at OwnDrive.com :)