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.
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.
If what you’re looking for a little cloud space and an excellent app interface then SpiderOak One might just be for you.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
pCloud allows you to use files in your cloud directly from your desktop and is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Like the others on this list, it features a premium edition for users who want to take server control to the next level
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.
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.
16 thoughts on “The 9 Best Free Dropbox Alternatives for Linux”
I’m trying Mega, since dropbox now does not accept encrypted filesystems on linux. It looks nice, but for me it doesn’t work.
Every time I move a file to the MEGAsync folder, or I edit it, it takes many seconds, sometimes minutes, to sync. If I’m going to turn my computer off, I must wait. The first day I moved about 200 MB of small files to the folder. It took like half an hour to upload them.
It’s not that the connection is slow, the client just spends its time “Waiting” to connect. You never know how much time will it take to sync.
I suspect it’s trying to convince me to upgrade to a Pro account. Neither this will work.
I have Mega, Dropbox, and Google Drive. I used Nativefier to wrap Google Drive for my desktop and DriveSync keeps it in sync. It works well, in fact, it is as close to being like the Windows/MacOS Google Drive experience as it gets on my beloved Linux box.
The Nativefier/Electron/Node.js platform is growing and expanding its capabilities so I am betting that in the near future I will be able to add it to the panel. It may even be able to sync, itself, one day. Or, maybe not.
Until then, it works pretty well as it is. Have you checked out YandexDisk? Like MegaSYNC it has a lot of free storage and a client for Linux.
Yandex disk 10GB free + console client for Linux
I use it and it is excellent.
Strange that it is seldom mentioned in these surveys.
Well, I mentioned it in mine 😀
There is no trace of wine on any of my linux-machines that use dropbox. The dropbox package has no dependencies to anything related to wine, nor are any of the required packages tied to wine in any way. Wine is not even mentioned among the many free libraries and tools the dropbox-client is built upon (https://www.dropbox.com/static/docs/opensource/Desktop_Client_FOSS_Notices.pdf).
Dropbox is OTOH not a linux-binary. It is a python-script and thus interpreted, but python is a native application and not linked to Wine unless the user explicitly installs python extensions that are tied to wine. None of the python-extensions required by dropbox have anything to do with wine, hence no wine required.
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.
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
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.
But dropbox does have a linux client. I use it all the time…
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 🙂
Somewhat late, but: I’d say the approach of Dropbox can be an advantage. At least this way it is absolutely clear, what is being synchronized. With other services, I’ve shot myself in the knee with configuration mistakes.
But yes, having the option is nice. So you do with Dropbox; Just use symlinks. I am synchronizing selected %APPDATA% folders that way.
it uses wine, my friend….its not a native client for the linux desktop. and that is the topic .
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I agree with you.