Dropbox is Bringing Back Support For ZFS, XFS, Btrfs And eCryptFS On Linux

As spotted in the latest beta build of Dropbox, the support for ZFS, XFS, Btrfs and eCryptFS is coming back to Linux. It was dropped from Dropbox on Linux in late 2018.

Dropbox is one of the most popular Cloud storage service providers with native Linux client.

If you are a Dropbox user, chances are that you were furious about the development for Linux so far. Maybe, it is about the 3 device sync limit or ending the sync support for all filesystems except ext4 on Linux.

The decision to drop support for all filesystems except ext4 did create an uproar. Perhaps the Dropbox team has listened to the feedback. In one of the latest beta builds, it seems like they have again added support for zfs, eCryptFS, xfs, and btrfs filesystems in Linux.

Dropbox beta build adds support for ZFS, XFS, Btrfs, and eCryptFS filesystems

Dropbox Brings Back More File Support

The added support was spotted in the changelog of a beta build in their official forum. Along with Windows and Mac, you will be able to download the offline installer for Linux as well.

In case you are curious about the changelog, here it is:

  • Show the amount of space saved by Smarter Smart Sync on the Sync Tab in Preferences.
  • Add support for zfs (on 64-bit systems only), eCryptFS, xfs (on 64-bit systems only), and btrfs filesystems in Linux.
  • Fix issue where the share modal sometimes wouldn’t let you change the visibility of a document.
  • Fix issue that was preventing “Open Dropbox Folder” from working on Ubuntu 19.04.
  • Fix issue where Windows drive icons (e.g. C:\) show a red X in Explorer.
  • Fix the majority of “error 2” installation issues on Windows.
  • Fix issue where sync status labels are stuck at “Starting…” after Dropbox has restarted even though sync is working.

Now, the support has been added to the stable build of Dropbox as well – which happens to be “77.4.131“. So, if you are using the beta builds, you can continue using that or simply get the stable build installed to get started.

Definitely a good news

While most Linux users stick to the ext4 filesystem, I know that a few advanced Linux users prefer ZFS or other filesystems. Dropbox bringing back support for these filesystems is certainly a good news, isn’t it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • September 2020.
    I have my Dropbox files on a BTRFS subvolume /dev/hdd01/@dropbox mounted on /home/aslaets/Dropbox.
    /home is on an SSD.

    It works fine, indeed.

    Now tried to create another flat subvolume /dev/hdd01/@musicfiles and mount this at /home/aslaets/Dropbox/musicfiles . This will definitely not sync. The mountpoint gets synced, not the contents.

    Then created subvolume musicfiles in @dropbox . Does not get synced at all.

    Conclusion: the Dropbox folder may be a btrfs subvolume, but everything in it must be “regular” files and folders.

    Any confirming/different findings ?

  • If Dropbox is adding support for encrypted file systems, it means they have a backdoor. Just take a look at Dropboax’s corporate board members.

  • Too late. I moved over to pCloud. Paid for lifetime 500G and the crypto. No regrets. Dropbox is dead to me,lol.

  • Too late, they must have made the decision to drop support without actually doing any impact analysis on both customers and them as a company. That short sightedness would mean they have the same attitude when it comes to my data.

    I was a paid customer and when I asked why they were doing this their answer was that NTFS and EXT4 were the only filesystems which supported the relevant “flags”, although they couldnt tell me anything about these flags.

    So bad business planning, worse customer support to backup their decision.

    I terminated my contract there and then and went with a NextCloud solution.

    I am guessing the reason they reinstated the FS support is that Linux users like myself voted with their money and feet.

    Will I go back to DropBox? Not A Chance.

    Hasta La Vista DropBox