Are there any open source actively developed free Dropbox clients for Ubuntu 15.10?

Must have basically as much of the features just as official client does. (LAN sync is not required)

I myself found Syncany but it was unusable, are there any more?

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    Can you tell us why Syncany was unusable?
    – Tom
    Mar 14, 2016 at 22:55
  • @Tom It filled my Dropbox with cache(?) files, it did not start properly every boot and it used CPU like crazy.
    – Avamander
    Mar 15, 2016 at 6:57
  • @Tom In addition to that I had to recompile it to get it working because Dropbox denied their API key limitation extension (now I know why). I want something that works.
    – Avamander
    Mar 15, 2016 at 20:28
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    Sure, I just wanted this clarified if it lacked a certain feature you needed or something like that
    – Tom
    Mar 15, 2016 at 20:33
  • 1
    I've looked myself to no avail, but what you could do is place a bounty on the question, read up here for more information.
    – Tom
    Mar 24, 2016 at 21:05

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I've used Dropbox Uploader (code, written in shell script, GNU GPL v3), and is CLI.

To list all contents in the top-level directory:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh list

To list all contents in a specific folder:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh list Documents/manuals

To upload a local file to a remote Dropbox folder:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh upload snort.pdf Documents/manuals

To download a remote file from Dropbox to a local file:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh download Documents/manuals/mysql.pdf ./mysql.pdf

To download an entire remote folder from Dropbox to a local folder:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh download Documents/manuals ./manuals

To create a new remote folder on Dropbox:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh mkdir Documents/whitepapers

To delete an entire remote folder (including all its contents) on Dropbox:

$ ./dropbox_uploader.sh delete Documents/manuals

It works with MacOSX, Windows/Cygwin, and Unix.

Other nice features:

  • File and recursive directory download
  • File and recursive directory upload
  • Support for the official Dropbox API
  • No password required or stored

Main drawback:

  • cannot resume upload in case it gets stopped

Example: recursive upload:

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