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Get Dropbox working in China

You may be aware that the popular file-sharing software Dropbox is intermittently blocked in China. This is probably because dissidents could use Dropbox to share their secret plans for political naughtiness.

Whatever the reason, it’s a bit of a pain if you rely on Dropbox to get various things done, like I do. You don’t actually need a VPN or proxy to get Dropbox working in China consistently though - you just need to edit a file so that your computer has the correct IP address with which to access the Dropbox servers.

In Linux, you need to edit this file:


For Windows, the file you want is:


In either case, open the file in a text editor and add these lines at the end:

# Dropbox servers www.dropbox.com www.dropbox.com

Restart and you should find that Dropbox can now connect and operate normally. Comment below if you have any questions!

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