How To Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts On Your Mac

Dropbox is a fantastic service that allows you to store files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. With software clients for Mac and PC, as well as mobile clients for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry, Dropbox is an excellent solution for moving files between your multiple devices.

New users with free accounts get 2GB of storage to get started and users receive 250MB of bonus storage when they recommend a friend to the service. For those users who laugh in the face of 2GB storage limits, ‘Pro’ or ‘Team’ accounts are available for a monthly subscription.

So what happens if you love Dropbox so much you need two accounts? (For example, one for work and one for personal files.) Well, if you are a Mac user you are in luck, as indie developer Ward Clark, under the guise of his website at has come to the rescue with his excellent free utility; ‘Dropbox Encore’.

Dropbox Encore works for Macs running OSX 10.5 (Leopard) and higher, and allows a user to run two Dropbox instances simultaneously. This makes maintaining a work and personal account a trivial task, and allows for great flexibility when moving files about.

Follow these simple steps to get the software up and running right away:

  1. Download Dropbox Encore from
  2. Mount the disk image and drag the application to your ‘Applications’ directory
  3. In Finder, make yourself a folder that will be home for your second dropbox folder. Put it somewhere easy to find and give it a unique name so you can easily tell the folders apart
  4. Launch Dropbox Encore and a second Dropbox icon should appear in your task bar, this is how you know the software is working correctly
  5. Follow the standard Dropbox set up instructions but be sure to choose ‘Advanced’ and configure the software to use your new folder as the place to store files locally
  6. Dropbox will create a new folder called ‘Dropbox’ in your target folder, and your files stored in the cloud will begin to synchronise

Do you have an alternative to Dropbox that you can’t possibly live without? Found a PC or Linux alternative to Dropbox Encore? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

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