This simple tutorial will show you how to install dropbox in Ubuntu 12.04 precise with “Downloading Dropbox…” hangs fixed.

Getting Start:

  • 1. Download dropbox, the .deb package from
  • 2. Install the .deb package via Ubuntu Software Center, or using this command in terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the .deb.
    sudo dpkg -i dropbox_*.deb
  • 3. After step 2, it prompts to start dropbox to finish the installation. But it hangs at “Downloading Dropbox… 100%” box, and you can fixed it by step 4.

  • 4. In a terminal window (launch terminal from the dash home or press Ctrl+Alt+T) run,
    • for 32-bit:
      cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -
    • for 64-bit:
      cd ~ && wget -O - "" | tar xzf -

Now, launch dropbox and it should work!