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Free Dropbox Alternatives

The best free alternative to Dropbox is Nextcloud, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Dropbox and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Dropbox are Google Drive, ownCloud, MEGA and Syncthing.

Dropbox alternatives are mainly Cloud Storage Services but may also be File Sync Tools or Online Backup Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Dropbox.
This page was last updated Jun 7, 2022
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  1. pCloud is an online storage and file sharing service created in 2013 and based in Switzerland. It offers monthly plans as well as lifetime plans for individuals, families and businesses, and it’s available on all the main platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS). It offers unlimited download and upload speeds for free and paid plans, strong encryption for your sensitive files, and unrestricted file size, allowing to save large files like video rushes or disk images. pCloud has a 10 GB free plan, and its monthly paid plans start at $5 for 500 GB or $10 for 2 TB.

    Almost everyone thinks pCloud is a great alternative to Dropbox.
  2. Nextcloud is an open source software that allows you to manage your files and sync them across all your devices - like Dropbox. There are, however, several differences: You can self-host a Nextcloud instance, allowing you to fully manage it, or you can use a Nextcloud provider to host your data for you. You have access to more security, privacy and administration options. You can add plugins for almost everything (emails, tasks, calendars, maps, news, video chats, notes, and more).

    Of course, it’s a bit more complicated to set up since you have to self-host it or find a provider, but if what you’re looking for is an open source and extensible solution that you can fully manage yourself, Nextcloud might be the right pick for you.

    Nextcloud vs Dropbox opinions
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    JohnFastman

    If you don't mind setting up your own server, NextCloud is a great Dropbox alternative because: 1) it's open source, 2) you control your data, 3) the limit of your storage is determined only by the limit of your hard drive. Alternatively, you can get services to host a NextCloud install on their servers for you, but then you give that service access to your data. Unless you encrypt client side with something like Cryptomator first.

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    Paour

    Open-sourced, easy to install and maintain, close to feature parity with Dropbox (except Paper).

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    Not remote storage, which is the point of dropbox.

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    LinuxDoge

    You can use your own server or buy one. You can encrypt everything so its totally private. It has great functions, works on Linux and has FDroid apps

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    I have been using Nextcloud for years. I use it to share calendars, contacts and files among all my computers and devices, and with my family members. I use the Deck module (Trello alternative) to manage my work and children activities, Talk module (Zoom alternative) for video conferencing, and others. Nextcloud is simple and powerful, keep the data with myself, yet it is free. I really love it.

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    Much more features. Independent from Microsoft. Ability to selfhost.

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    free and opensource what else do you want

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  3. Google Drive is one of the best known Dropbox alternatives. It’s proprietary and cloud-based, but it's pretty similar to Dropbox, and it can be very convenient if you're already using other Google products. It’s particularly useful if you’re likely to share and work on documents (Google Docs for example) with other people. Google Drive offers a free plan with 15 GB of storage, and you can pay a monthly subscription to get more ($2 for 100 GB, $10 for 1 TB or $100 for 10 TB).

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    its_saikat69

    First of all, Drive is integrated to the core of Android. The base storage is 5GB which is more than double than Dropbox. The sharing features are superior on Drive including ownership. Also I got the 1TB storage promo from Google.

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    wolak

    Google Drive file stream gives you the best of fast local access (Dropbox style) without worrying about having enough local disk space.

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    RemovedUser

    More Storage More Privacy More From Google google.com/drive/about

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    I have a Dropbox account, but with Google Drive and an account with MEGAsync they give me close to 100 gigabytes of cloud storage ...... and who doesn't like more space

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    lauremoine

    More storage plus all the additional tools in the Google Suite, all in one place!

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    raveensrk

    It has more space than what drop box provides. Plus all the google Services. But Windows - Backup and Sync app is slow. Dropbox app for windows is much better.

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    linacodes

    Free, G Suite integration, easy to use

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  4. ownCloud

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    Like Nextcloud, ownCloud is an open source solution that you can self-host on your own server, or you can pay a monthly fee to get an online instance with limited storage. It offers interesting features such as collaborative editing and version management of documents, image galleries, end-to-end encryption, email plugins to host attachments, and more… and you can also extend it by installing add-ons from their marketplace.

    It’s no coincidence that ownCloud and Nextcloud share so many features, because Nextcloud is based on ownCloud. The key differences are the licenses (ownCloud’s enterprise edition comes under commercial license), the exclusive features ownCloud offers only to premium users while all features are free with Nextcloud, the app marketplaces (Nextcloud’s one has more apps), and of course, the pricing plans if you want a managed instance.

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    Nice alternative where you keep control over your data.

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    Requires self-hosting, which can be a limit for many. Since a good knowledge of security related matters is mandatory, think twice before using it. However is the best alternative for those not looking for have their data hosted on a NSA server.

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    OwnCloud is self hosted, not a ready to use solution for everyone.

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    riveravaldez

    Same functionality with transparency and control.

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    Self-hosted and high quality, you control your data.

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    TristisOris

    it's a selfhosted service.

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    Self hosted - YOU control your data.

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  5. MEGA

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    Mega is a secure cloud storage and communication service that was launched in 2013 by Kim Dotcom, who had founded the now-defunct service Megaupload. Unlike Megaupload, Mega doesn't offer streaming content. It simply allows you to store files online and share them with other users like Dropbox or Google Drive. However, it has a much larger storage space than its competitors with 50 GB for a free account, compared to 2 GB for Dropbox, and 15 GB for Google Drive. Among its features, Mega offers end-to-end encryption even for free accounts, a secured chat for online collaboration, an easy way to share files with anyone, automated synchronization between all your devices, and much more.

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    It can run across multiple platforms that are basically what we have and it is often used by uploaders all around the web.

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    LinuxDoge

    Offers free storage and is end-to-end encrypted. Doesnt delete data

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    JohnFastman

    MEGA ostensibly offer a more privacy-oriented solution. They give you 50GB for "free" and say that your files are encrypted before they leave your machine, and therefore you benefit from end-to-end encryption. This would be a good model, for sure. But Mega has also had weird controversies, slow speeds and security flaws found in its code. Go for Sync.com, Tresorit or Spideroak instead.

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    RemovedUser

    The desktop client Megasync is very similar to the classic dropbox

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    They start you off with 50 gigabytes of storage, plus you can earn bonuses easily which gives you even more

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    Very secured 50 GB* free .

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    woerr

    You can stream videos that are on Mega.

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  6. Syncthing

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    Syncthing is an open source software that allows you to synchronize your files and folders from multiple devices across the Internet using a secure P2P connection. It's a kind of like ownCloud/Nextcloud, but working with the Peer-to-Peer protocol without a "central" server. All communications are encrypted by the TLS protocol and each device is clearly identified with a unique identifier. This allows you to create your own cloud, and share files between your devices (Windows, Linux, macOS, BSD and Android are supported so far) without using servers hosted by third parties. And since everything is hosted on your machines, there are no hosting plans with more storage or more features, Syncthing is completely free.

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    MasteLrugarius

    It doesnt need any install on linux... thats cool!

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    LinuxDoge

    Works pretty well on all OSses

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    jadethornton

    Syncthing is a service for syncing files between devices, it does not host files like Dropbox. This is not an alternative.

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    Perfect alternative, and secure one.

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    If you use Dropbox to sync files across devices Syncthing is probably more secure and you don't have to trust a central authority. Still you do not need to set up a server

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    Syncthing is free, open-source, being developed actively. It allows 100%secure synchronization of files between without quota. It does not host files on an external server, which is a good or a bad thing depending on your preference.

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    Mansampard01

    Cool for syncing your machines.

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  7. Microsoft OneDrive

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    OneDrive is one of the best Dropbox alternatives pre-installed on all Microsoft Windows 10 devices. With OneDrive, you can store as many files as you want with up to 5 GB of storage for free. In addition, it allows you to share your files, encrypt them, and sync all files and folders installed on your device. One of the main advantages of OneDrive is that it allows you to access its Office suite at no extra cost if you subscribe to the OneDrive premium plan.

    Microsoft OneDrive vs Dropbox opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Microsoft OneDrive is a great alternative to Dropbox.

    Nice syncing like Dropbox, and now has a "vault" feature for extra sensitive information.

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    Microsoft's history shows that it easily abandons projects.

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  8. pCloud is an online storage and file sharing service created in 2013 and based in Switzerland. It offers monthly plans as well as lifetime plans for individuals, families and businesses, and it’s available on all the main platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, Android and iOS). It offers unlimited download and upload speeds for free and paid plans, strong encryption for your sensitive files, and unrestricted file size, allowing to save large files like video rushes or disk images. pCloud has a 10 GB free plan, and its monthly paid plans start at $5 for 500 GB or $10 for 2 TB.

    pCloud vs Dropbox opinions
    Almost everyone thinks pCloud is a great alternative to Dropbox.
    JohnFastman

    pCloud is a good alternative to Dropbox because it offers the same functionality with the following benefits: 1. It offers the option of an encrypted folder, so even pCloud employees can't see or steal your data; 2. pCloud is based in Switzerland where privacy rules are far stronger than in the US. 3. pCloud offers a larger amount of free space (5GB vs 2GB from Dropbox.)

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    Data privacy is far better than Dropbox, and the encrypted folder works well. It acts just like a drive connected to your PC, not a folder, so the file is stored directly in your cloud account, and not at all on your device. When you het the larger drives (I have the 2TB), it allows me to run the Built-in backup utilities on the web interface to back up Dropbox, facebook, Google Drive and Google Photo's, giving me an extra level of redundancy in my backups.

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    Free plan up from 10go to 20go. Client on almost every systems, your data belong to you !

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    Dropbox for professionals !

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  9. Box

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    Founded in 2005 in the US, Box is one of the oldest cloud-based file storage and sharing services. Known for its collaboration tools for businesses, it integrates more than 1,000 third-party applications through its application library called OneCloud. Despite a free 10 GB storage offer, it remains relatively unknown to the general public. Compatible with most platforms, it integrates countless features and third-party applications. It’s a reliable service, but with many limitations depending on the subscription plan you choose (starting at $10 per month for 100 GB for a personal plan).

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    Box give more space than dropbox

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  10. Seafile is a professional open source cloud storage platform for organizations. It has complete file syncing and sharing features, reliable file storage and advanced privacy protection feature.

    Seafile vs Dropbox opinions
    Most users think Seafile is a great alternative to Dropbox.

    Although Seafile.de works with a slightly more complex client than does Dropbox, it also has more options. Importantly, it's open source, unlike Dropbox. Also, storing files using Seafile.de 's services mean your data is stored in Germany, which has stricter privacy laws. Note: Whilst Seafile does offer client-side encryption, at the time of writing this encrypts only file contents, not names or metadata. (Dropbox doesn't offer this at all, however.)

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    Murz

    Free opensource with great useful features!

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    thickerfin

    Nowhere to sign up for free account.

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    beatrupp

    Open source, self-hosting capabilites

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    JohnFastman

    Accessing your files via the website is very similar to Dropbox. Low prices, European privacy laws and open source clients compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux. Within Europe, upload speeds of the order of 1-2MB/s, download speeds 1-6MB/s depending on number of files. I got similar speeds with Dropbox in UK. Use together with Cryptomator for max privacy.

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