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Box Drive offers unlimited cloud storage, so you can access a limitless number of files from your desktop or mobile device.

Features

  • Files and folders stored on Box Drive don’t take up actual hard drive space on your computer.
  • Within the Box cloud environment, navigate as if you you were working on your desktop, natively integrated with Apple Mac Finder.
  • Changes made in documents, e.g editing a PDF in Adobe Acrobat, are automatically saved to Box.
  • Box Drive allows you to bring files offline for editing, to be uploaded at a later time.

Box Drive for Mac

Follow these instructions for installing Box on your desktop or mobile device.

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Prerequisites:

  • macOS 10.12 or higher
    • macOS 10.13 is supported with Box Drive v1.2.93+
    • MacOS 10.14 (Mojave) is supported with Box Drive v1.19+.
  • HFS or HFS+ formatted hard drive
    • APFS formatted hard drives are supported with Box Drive v1.2.93+

Recommended Minimum System Specifications

For the best possible Box experience, we recommend the following system specifications. Even if your machine does not meet the recommended system specifications, you may still be able to install and run Box Drive. Otherwise, you may experience a degraded experience.

  • 1.6GHz dual core processor
  • 4GB of RAM

Installation Steps

  • Download the Box Drive installer here
  • Navigate to where you saved the file. Double-click it to run the Installer
  • When prompted, select Install for all users of this computer and click Continue
  • DO NOT change the location. Click Install.

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  • An installation completed successfully window will open once completed.
  • Click Close to close the installer.
  • After the installation completes Box Drive will launch. Please note the additional steps for macOS 10.13 users below.

Additional Steps for macOS 10.13 Sierra Users

Due to new security requirements introduced in macOS 10.13, some additional steps are needed to install Box Drive.

  1. After Box Drive is installed and before the login window appears, you will see the following prompt:

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  1. Follow the prompts and click Open System Preferences. Then click Allow near the bottom of the Security & Privacy window.

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  1. After clicking Allow, go back to the previous prompt and click Retry Loading Box.

NOTE: You cannot click Allow while remotely accessing the machine, or while using some non-traditional mice.

Deploying Box Tools for Mac

The Mac installer for Box Tools can be used with Mac deployment tools.

NOTES: After April 30th, 2019, Box will end support for Box Tools, Notes for Desktop and Box Drive on Mac OS X 10.12. Per our OS support policy, we will maintain support for Box on the two latest versions of Mac OS X. To continue to enjoy Box support, please be sure you’re on a supported OS, either OS X 10.14 or OS X 10.13, after this EOL date. Following the EOL date, users will be able to access these applications on OS X 10.12, but will be entirely unsupported by Box, including all security patches.

  1. Prior to installing anything, the installer will do any necessary uninstalling, such as getting rid of any outdated plugins and .app files that might cause problems with Box Edit.
  2. The installer will then create the folder “~/Library/Application Support/Box/Box Edit/” and add the .app files “Box Edit.app” and “Box Local Com Server.app” to that directory.
  3. After this, the installer will launch both .app files, making sure that they are both running before exiting the installation. The .app files will register themselves to start up at login time for the user that they’re running for.

NOTE: If the .app files are not started for a user, the web app won’t be able to verify that Box Edit is installed, and the user will be prompted to install Box Edit when they try to edit a file.

If you are using a deployment tool other than Casper Suite, or deploying Box Edit using a custom installer, be sure that the two .app files have been placed in the appropriate directory. In addition, be sure to either start running them (as the user who will be logging in to that particular machine) or set them up to start running at login.

It is important to keep your Box version as up to date as possible. Visit this page to learn how to update Box Drive.

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