Make Your Dropbox Portable With DropboxPortableAHK [Windows]

Steve Campbell 15-07-2011

dropbox portableDropbox is a really handy application that allows you to sync a file folder across multiple computers. For the most part, Dropbox has gained a lot of praise for its usefulness and it has become a necessity for those who would like to access their cloud files on multiple devices. There have, however, been a few reports in recent months regarding privacy issues with the application, causing some concerns for users.


What I’ve come to realize is that one of the simplest things you can do to keep your Dropbox data safe is to control where you have it synced. It would be safer, for instance, to keep your data with you on a USB stick than to have it synced on multiple computers at work, right?

What Is DropboxPortableAHK?

DropboxPortableAHK makes your Dropbox fully portable, making it so that you don’t have to save your Dropbox folder on every computer you use in order to access your data.

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With DropboxPortableAHK, you can save your Dropbox folder on a USB stick, giving you more flexibility when you are on the go. Also, this allows you to maintain multiple Dropbox accounts on the same computer if you like.

Another potential benefit of using DropboxPortableAHK is that you can use it on office computers with restricted user privileges, which can be much safer than using administrative privileges to access your files.


How Do I Use DropboxPortableAHK?

Are you ready to make your Dropbox portable? The first thing you’re going to want to do is to insert your USB stick into your computer’s USB port.

Now head over to the download page and get the latest version of the application. A ZIP file will download to your computer. Go ahead and move this file over to your USB drive and unzip it there. Then, run the EXE file that you just unzipped.

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When I ran the application, a box popped up stating, “Your Dropbox files are missing. Do you want to download them?” Don’t be alarmed if you see this message. Just click Yes, then Yes again if it prompts you to use the beta version (the second part is optional). DropboxPortableAHK will automatically download the files it needs and when it’s done the main options screen will appear.


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From here you can proceed in a couple of different ways. If you have a Dropbox folder or configuration options you would like to move or copy over to your USB drive, just tick the box that says Use previous dropbox folder and make your selections. The application will copy the files over for you once you click OK.

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If you would like to start the configurations from scratch, then you can log in with an existing Dropbox account. You can configure multiple Dropbox accounts this way.


You’ll get a message informing you that your DropboxPortableAHK account was successfully set up once you’re done.


If you run into any problems while using DropboxPortableAHK, be sure to consult the application’s FAQ page for a possible solution. If you’re looking for more ways to take advantage of Dropbox’s capabilities, be sure to check out our other Dropbox articles here on MUO.

I really like the idea of taking my Dropbox everywhere with me, as well as being able to access multiple accounts on the same computers. I’ll be using this one for a while. Would you like your Dropbox to be portable?

Related topics: Cloud Computing, Dropbox, Portable App.

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  1. DeadlyDad
    July 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    FWIW, here is an easy way to share the USB drive with your portable DropBox across your network.  Just create a text file with a '.cmd' extension (I call mine 'autoshare.cmd') that contains these lines, in the root of the drive, and run it whenever you want to share it (You will need to give the drive a volume name, first.):

    @echo off
    echo Dim fs, d, s > %temp%$GetVolume$.vbs
    echo Set fs = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") >> %temp%$GetVolume$.vbs
    echo Set d = fs.GetDrive(fs.GetDriveName(fs.GetAbsolutePathName(drvpath))) >> %temp%$GetVolume$.vbs
    echo Wscript.Echo d.VolumeName >> %temp%$GetVolume$.vbs
    for /F %%f in ('cscript %temp%$GetVolume$.vbs //nologo') do set volumename=%%f
    net share %volumename%=%~dp0 /remark:"%volumename%"
    rem SetACL.exe -on \%computername%%volumename% -ot file -actn ace -ace n:everyone;p:full
    echo Set objArgs = WScript.Arguments > %temp%$MessageBox$.vbs
    echo messageText = "Drive now shared as" ^& vbCrLf ^& vbCrLf ^& "\%computername%%volumename%" >> %temp%$MessageBox$.vbs
    echo MsgBox messageText >> %temp%$MessageBox$.vbs
    cscript %temp%$MessageBox$.vbs //nologo
    del %temp%$GetVolume$.vbs
    del %temp%$MessageBox$.vbs

  2. Kyith
    July 16, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    A custom portable version is not advisable due to upgrade issues

    • Luke
      July 17, 2011 at 6:31 am

      Until Dropbox offer an official, supported, easily upgradeable Portable version, it's the best we have to work with.

      • Kyith
        July 17, 2011 at 6:53 am

        but why would you need a portable dropbox.

        • Î??ç???™
          August 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

           one might not want to experience trouble of setting up dropbox everywhere each time!

        • Mo Xolo
          August 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

          In many companies we don't have sysadmin rights and our IT guys don't like to install "on demand" any new toy. Thus, we need all as portable to be used !

  3. mvario
    July 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    A portable Dropbox is also available for Linux

    • Steve Campbell
      August 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing!