This article tells how easily you can locate the Dropbox cache folder and delete the files in it on Windows, Linux and Mac platforms. Dropbox has a hidden cache folder which preserves the deleted files, FYI, Dropbox clears this cache folder automatically for every three days.

If you’ve not looked at this folder till now, you might be losing valuable hard drive space on the Operating System drive. If your C drive gets full, then the files in the Dropbox folder won’t be synced to Dropbox on web by showing an error, so for all good reasons you can delete this cache folder and gain valuable disk space easily.

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Clearing files in Dropbox cache folder on Windows, Mac and Linux


1. Open the Run command by pressing Win key +R

2. Type, or copy and paste “%HOMEPATH%\Dropbox\.dropbox.cache” without quotes and press enter

3. Once the cache folder of Dropbox appears on the screen, delete the files in that folder by selecting all and further by using the Shift+ Del key combination.

Dropbox cache folder in Windows Explorer

Update: Make sure you’ve already selected “Show hidden files, folders and drives” from Folder options to view the hidden Dropbox cache folder.

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Using Finder app in Mac, we can able to locate the Dropbox cache folder and delete the files in it. Follow the steps below.

1.  Open Finder app and select Go to the folder and press Shift -Command-G

2. Copy and paste  “~/Dropbox/.dropbox.cache” without quotes and press the return key, then the Dropbox cache folder will be  shown

3.  Delete the files in it.


1. Open a terminal window and enter “rm -R ~/Dropbox/.dropbox.cache/*” command without quotes which removes files in the dropbox directory. [Via Dropbox help]

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