Dropbox Question

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rammer549, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. rammer549 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2012
    Does dropbox use the mac os x keychain for anything? I have tried asking dropbox support but they just referred me to FAQ, which doesn't say. I am using mac os x mountain lion and latest version of dropbox. I don't see any entries in my keychain for dropbox. The app seems to be working fine, just want to clarify about keychain...seems to be a touchy subject since dropbox support won't respond.
  2. Weaselboy, Jan 23, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2013

    Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I run Dropbox also and like you, I have no entries for the Dropbox app in my Keychain... so I'm going to say they don't use the keychain for PW storage.

    Edit with what I think is the real answer:

    After looking in the Dropbox forums a little more, I found a couple tidbits that I think point the way.

    From the last post in this thread:

    Then here in the old release notes for version 1.2:

    So what it looks like is they are not using the Keychain to store the password, they are just having the local Dropbox password storage file (it appears to be in ~/.dropbox/hostkeys) look for the presence of your authorized Keychain before allowing access. So if you moved the hostkeys file to another machine, it would not work.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Dropbox - Why does Dropbox require Mac Keychain access?

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