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Install Box Sync for Mac


Box Sync is a utility that you download. It replicates folders within your Box account to your computer. Once you have selected folders through the Box web interface that you would like to replicate, you can create, edit, and delete documents directly through a Box Sync folder on your computer using your native applications (such as Microsoft Word or Excel). All changes automatically sync back to your online Box account.

System requirements:

  • macOS 10.13 or higher 

Note: There are known issues with installing both Box Sync and Box Drive on the same machine. If you want to use Box Drive, do not install Box Sync. Learn more about Box Desktop Integration.

Install Box Sync

  1. Log in to Stanford University Box or Stanford Medicine Box, depending on your affiliation.
  2. Click the downward arrow/Synced on the left side of the window. 

    click Synced
  3. In the middle of the next window, click the link labeled Click here to download Box Sync.

    click link to access screen to download Box Sync
  4. Click the Box Sync button to download Box Sync for Mac.

    download Box Sync
  5. When prompted, click Save File.
    save the Boxy Sync installer file to your computer
  6. Double-click he Box Sync installer file (typically located in your Downloads folder) to run the installer.
  7. Drag the Box icon to your Applications folder.

    drag the Box Sync app to your Applications folder
  8. Go to your Applications folder and double-click Box
  9. When the Box Sync log in dialog box displays, enter your your email address and then click Log In.

    log in to Box Sync
  10. If a Login screen is displayed, enter your SUNet ID and Password and then click Login. You may also be prompted for two-step authentication.
  11. On the Welcome to Box Sync screen, click Start Syncing.

    start syncing desktop folders to online Box
  12. The Box Sync dialog box displays the sync progress. A  Box Sync icon (Box Sync icon) is added to the menu bar when the sync has completed.

    Box Sync progress

Sync folders

  1. Go to your Box account at or
  2. To sync a folder to your computer, right-click the folder that you want to sync and then click More Actions > Sync.

    choose a folder to sync to your computer
  3. A banner message briefly displays when the sync is complete.

    Folder synced message displayed when syc is complete
  4. To access your Box folders on your computer, click the Box Sync icon in the menu bar and click Open Box Sync Folder.

    access Box Sync from menu in toolbar
  5. The synced folders appear in your Box Sync folder. Now, whenever you change or add content to the Box folders on your computer, the changes are automatically saved to you Box account.

    folders synced to the desktop in the Box Sync folder
  6. When you add or change content to synced folders in your Box account, the changes are automatically saved to your Box folders on your computer. To see your synced folders in Box, click the downward arrow/Synced in the left panel.

    folders synced to desktop are displayed by clicking the Synced icon

Get help

If you need assistance, please see Box Sync information on the Box Community website or submit a Help ticket.

Last modified January 14, 2019