How to sync zotero without downloading Dropbox in Ubuntu


Since my Dropbox account is going to be quite big, I need to sync my Zotero with my Dropbox without downloading the Dropbox application on Ubuntu.

Do you know how to do it?

  • edited 29 days ago
    Zotero doesn’t use Dropbox for syncing. What exactly are you trying to do?

    For information on syncing, see
  • Hi Bwiernik. Well, with my boss we have a Dropbox folder containing some articles. Basically, I downloaded the Dropbox app, and just linked the base directory of my Zotero to the desktop Dropbox folder. However, this folder is too big to keep it in my computer, and would like my base directory to point to the online instance of my Dropbox account.
  • What exactly do you mean by you “ just linked the base directory of my Zotero to the desktop Dropbox folder”?

    If you mean you placed the Zotero database in Dropbox, you absolutely shouldn’t do that and should take it back out immediately.

    Zotero linked files need to refer to local files on your computer. There is no integration of Zotero with Dropbox. You could potentially try Dropbox’s Smart Sync feature to limit the local space used, but I don’t know how well this will interact with Zotero in terms of triggering downloads correctly.

    Personally, if you want to share files using Zotero, I suggest using Zotero Groups. This will by far give you the smoothest experience.
  • Hi Bwiernik, you made me get an idea. Can I sync my Dropbox app with just a subfolder of my Dropbox cloud?
  • To be more precise, my cloud folder has a structure like this:

    Main folder
    -> Folder 1
    -> Folder 2
    -> Library
    -> Folder 4
    -> etc.

    All of those folders take too much space. But if I can just download and sync the Library folder to my desktop, that would save me lot of space.
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