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The 9 Best Free Dropbox Alternatives for Linux

Free Dropbox Alternatives for Linux
Written by Martins D. Okoi

Dropbox is arguably the most popular cloud storage service available right next to Google’s Drive. For Linux enthusiasts, there’s good news and there’s bad news.

The bad news is it has no official desktop client for Linux and I imagine not having the convenience of syncing your files to the cloud via a desktop app can be a deal breaker. The good news is you don’t need to be sad about it – there are excellent alternatives to choose from.

Because we want to put a smile on your face, today we bring you a list of the 9 Best Free Dropbox Alternatives for Linux.

1. SpiderOak

SpiderOak is an encrypted cloud storage service that gives access to your data while making use of its integrated group chat and secure file sharing features. Compared to Dropbox, however, it offers only 2 GB to free users and 100 GB to pro.

SpiderOak Cloud Storage

SpiderOak Cloud Storage

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If what you’re looking for a little cloud space and an excellent app interface then SpiderOak One might just be for you.

2. Mega

Mega is arguably the most decent service you can use in place of Dropbox. It implements encryption that gives you the access to your data with free storage space of 50 GB and a 10 GB free bandwidth.

Mega Cloud Storage

Mega Cloud Storage

Its desktop client may be heavy on your computer’s resources but that shouldn’t be a problem if you have a good internet connection and a healthy PC. At the moment its desktop client supports Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and Fedora.

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3. Tonido

Tonido is a cloud storage service that allows you store your files in the cloud and make them remotely and securely accessible via authorized access links that are easy to remember. e.g.: “http://john.tonidoID.com”.

Tonido Cloud Storage

Tonido Cloud Storage

This is what you would like to get if want a personal home cloud server in which your files reside on your computer and not on a third-party server. It is available for all platforms including both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

4. pCloud

pCloud allows you to use files in your cloud directly from your desktop and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

pCloud Cloud Storage

pCloud Cloud Storage

Free users get 10 GB on signing up and have the ability to 10 GB more cloud space by friend referral method. In case you run out of space you opt for the monthly or yearly subscription plan for either pCloud Premium (500 GB) or pCloud Premium Plus (2 TB).

5. CloudMe

CloudMe provides users with a virtual desktop in the cloud with 19 GB of storage space for free users and premium plans: € 1/mo for 10 GB with support, € 4/mo for 25 GB and goes up to € 30/mo for 500 GB.

CloudMe Cloud Storage

CloudMe Cloud Storage

By virtue of its client app available for all major OSes your documents will remain as organized as you left them and will always be safe even when you access your cloud account from other devices.

6. TeamDrive

TeamDrive is an encrypted cloud service that allows you to sync files to the cloud from your Linux desktop while keeping track of your files history as you work along with colleagues on its containing documents.

TeamDrive Cloud Storage

TeamDrive Cloud Storage

It features easy backups, cloud-on-premise, easy synchronization, and great collaboration. It offers to free users and a 30-day trial for its pro service. It is available for all Linux distros.

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7. NextCloud

NextCloud is an Open Source cloud service with which you can securely backup your documents and media files to the cloud and access them from anywhere using private links. Its desktop app is available for the popular Linux platforms.

NextCloud

NextCloud

8. OwnCloud

OwnCloud has one of the smoothest looking UIs on this list and that isn’t its best feature. The Open Source allows you to sync your data to the cloud and access them from anywhere including files shared with you from Dropbox.

OwnCloud

OwnCloud

Like the others on this list, it features a premium edition for users who want to take server control to the next level

9. StoAmigo

StoAmigo lets you sync your data to the cloud and use them from a single file ecosystem. Users are allowed remote access, unlimited bandwidth for uploads. It has no size limits, features a clean UI, and is keen on security.

Stoamigo

Stoamigo

My favorite pick is easily Mega because it easily provides the cleanest UI, best security feature, and coolest desktop client. Maybe you know other alternative services to Dropbox that have a good desktop client app for Linux; feel free to mention them in the comments section below.

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Martins D. Okoi

Martins Jr. (Dillivine) Okoi is a graduate of Computer Science with a passion for Linux and the Open Source community. He works as a Web designer & developer, technical writer, and programmer.

  • Josh Lamb

    But dropbox does have a linux client. I use it all the time…

    • Dariusz Wojewodzic (Mały)

      Mega also has an application with the ability to select a multiple directories for synchronization, dropbox has only dropbox dir. Well then 50gb, more than that dropbox 🙂

      • Yes.
        That’s why I’ll propose Mega to clients before mentioning Dropbox

        • Dariusz Wojewodzic (Mały)

          I also recommend and use it myself on Manjaro

        • Go USA

          It is as simple as ading symlink of any directory you want to be synced inside your dropbox dir. As long as you have proper permissions to the directory you are syncing.

    • muzikjock

      it uses wine, my friend….its not a native client for the linux desktop. and that is the topic .

      • David Pearson

        What’s your source showing that it uses wine? I have it installed under Fedora 25 KDE and its fully integrated with the Dolphin file manager. It will also integrate with Nautilus. Also, even if it does use wine, it does so in a way that makes it seem like a native app to the user, so who cares?

        • muzikjock

          to be honest, i don’t care. i use dropbox myself..im just saying; dropbox doesn’t have a native linux desktop client and that is the topic of this article…im not saying there is anything wrong with dropbox. and it does integrate with your files by creating a dropbox folder. it’s what it does.

          • OlavMoen

            Dropbox on linux is not a native binary. It is a python-script. There is OTOH no trace of wine in anything required by the dropbox package (rpm or deb), and no dependencies on wine in any of the python-extensions that are loaded by the dropbox script. The python binary that does the job is a linux-native as good as any.

          • “Any dropbox activity brings the mac to its knees which frankly is pathetic”. True that.

      • Scott Allen

        Really !!! Who gives a crap how it does its magic. Its FREE= and it Works very very very reliably – every time. without limits. Multiple Devices ….

  • Alex Pedersen

    Might be worth adding that Mega is ridiculously slow as it individually encrypts / decrypts every file. It’s practically useless if you have any major quantity of documents that you need to transfer or if you change platform frequently.

    • I see your point, but it has never been a downside for me.
      I run its desktop client in my background and sync whatever I will need ahead of time.

      By platforms you mean..?

    • mexsudo

      I agree. I had to give it up after a few months of struggle. after running in the background for days on end I never got those few GB of files synced.
      I suppose for a home user it would be ok to store little bits.
      It also was unable to handle hidden files and folders. I forget the details on that, but after being told by Mega that “you don’t need that” and “there is no one that will ever work on it, you are the only person” I decided it was not worth my effort.

  • muzikjock

    megasync is in the aur repository. this makes it available with more than just opensuse, debian, ubuntu and fedora…it opens it’s use for any distro that uses aur repo; mainly any arch based distro

  • IJK

    ownCloud. I have all the storage that I want or need, has worked flawlessly so far, and combined with backup services provided by CrashPlan, I have safe, robust cloud storage services for less than $5/mo.

    • Thanks for your suggestion. I remember seeing something about ownCloud before but I didn’t follow it up. Now that you have mentioned it I will.

  • Вукашин Б.

    Yandex disk 10GB free + console client for Linux

  • SteveH

    And Yandex.Disk?

  • Excellent suggestion. Will look it up

  • @vitaliyyermolenko:disqus seems stoamigo isn’t available for Linux. Is it?

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