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How can I synchronize on my computer two different dropbox accounts?

I share one privately and one with my office.

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What operating system? – Simon Sheehan Oct 21 '11 at 21:16
Sorry forgot that: OSX – RoflcoptrException Oct 21 '11 at 21:17
How about doing this on Windows? – Mike Hagstrom Nov 19 '11 at 20:13
An easier, less hacky way would be to share a folder from your work dropbox to your personal one. It will use up more space, but is fully supported and may be easier to keep track of as well. – NReilingh Nov 19 '11 at 20:45
up vote 3 down vote accepted

There is an extensive tutorial here from the guys at MakeUseOf. I shall write it here though:

  1. Open the Terminal (again)
  2. Type (or just copy and paste) this command: bash

Hit enter and insert the next command line:

$ HOME=$HOME/.dropbox-alt /Applications/ &

It should now look like:

  • A new Dropbox icon will appear in the menubar.

  • A Dropbox account setup window will also pop up. Follow the setup steps.

  • At the last setup step, tick the option to choose your own location of Dropbox folder. Hit the “Change” button to determine the location.

  • After the setup process complete, you can close the terminal. Theoretically, the extra Dropbox instances will also be closed, but in my experiment it remained in the menubar.

If you wish to add it as a startup item, the tutorial also shows that.

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