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    Free Dropbox Alternatives for Linux

    There are many alternatives to Dropbox for Linux if you are looking for a replacement. The best free Linux alternative 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 are free and available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free Linux alternatives to Dropbox are ownCloud (Freemium, Open Source), MEGA (Freemium), Syncthing (Free, Open Source) and pCloud (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Apr 29, 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
      Almost everyone thinks Nextcloud is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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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.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Nextcloud is totally private with a great variety of additional apps, to customize the server fully to your personal needs. And it's all free (if you host it yourself). And there is even no limitations for storage space. They even offer free apps/ clients for Android, iOS and Windows (Phone). Contacts, (shared) Calendars, internal Chat, live collaboration on office documents and soon to come end-to-end encryption - what else would you need?!
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Not remote storage, which is the point of dropbox.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

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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
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Much more features. Independent from Microsoft. Ability to selfhost.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      free and opensource what else do you want
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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.
      ownCloud vs Dropbox opinions
      Most users think ownCloud is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      Self-hosted and high quality, you control your data.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Nice alternative where you keep control over your data.
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

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      OwnCloud is self hosted, not a ready to use solution for everyone.
      Top negative comment  almost 6 years ago

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      riveravaldez Same functionality with transparency and control.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      TristisOris it's a selfhosted service.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      Self hosted - YOU control your data.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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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.
      MEGA vs Dropbox opinions
      Almost everyone thinks MEGA is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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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.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

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      Love, love, love Mega. Lots of space and fast servers. Plus they have a great Linux client with a simple GUI. You aren't going to do a lot of sharing with 10 GB per month bandwidth, but it's perfect for storage and syncing files with a tablet or phone.
      Top positive comment  about 5 years ago

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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.
      Top negative comment  over 5 years ago

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      LinuxDoge Offers free storage and is end-to-end encrypted. Doesnt delete data
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      RemovedUser The desktop client Megasync is very similar to the classic dropbox
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      They start you off with 50 gigabytes of storage, plus you can earn bonuses easily which gives you even more
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Very secured 50 GB* free .
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    4. 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.
      Syncthing vs Dropbox opinions
      Most users think Syncthing is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      Mansampard01 Cool for syncing your machines.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

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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
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

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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.
      Top negative comment  about 4 years ago

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      LinuxDoge Works pretty well on all OSses
      Positive comment 2 months ago

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      Perfect alternative, and secure one.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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      Not a Dropbox alternative. Does not host files.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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    5. 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.)
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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      Dropbox for professionals !
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Free plan up from 10go to 20go. Client on almost every systems, your data belong to you !
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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    6. 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.)
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

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      Murz Free opensource with great useful features!
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      thickerfin Nowhere to sign up for free account.
      Top negative comment  almost 7 years ago

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      beatrupp Open source, self-hosting capabilites
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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    7. Similar to Syncthing and developed by BitTorrent, Resilio Sync offers an open source alternative to online storage services such as Google Drive and Dropbox. The application uses the BitTorrent protocol (P2P) and has a service for synchronizing files between your devices. This means that there is no central server linked to the software or the device used. The data is stored on all devices and exchanged with each other. Resilio Sync gives a secret key for each folder sharing to guarantee the security of the data. The user can send files to their network, or open their own folders on another computer without compromising the security of their personal data.
      Resilio Sync vs Dropbox opinions
      Most users think Resilio Sync is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      adolftekkanna All files stays on your own disks, plus that it's faster and more reliable
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    8. Yandex.Disk is a free cloud storage service that gives you access to your photos, videos and documents from any internet-enabled device. Download the app to your phone or tablet and you'll literally be able to carry your files with you everywhere.
      Most users think Yandex.Disk is a great alternative to Dropbox.
    9. IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the web. It is like a single bittorrent swarm, exchanging git objects. IPFS provides an interface as simple as the HTTP web, but with permanence built in.
      IPFS vs Dropbox opinions
      This alternative is disputed. IPFS is still a legitimate alternative to Dropbox, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      gslin It's totally different concept between IPFS and Dropbox. IPFS focuses on distributed web system (protocol), and Dropbox is a sync and storage service.
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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      poppabearten This is peer to peer not cloud storage.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

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      balupton IPFS is all VC-backed marketing hype that doesn't deliver. Also, it is not an alternative to Dropbox. IPFS is a protocol, Dropbox is a service and app. Apps use protocols, protocols don't use apps.
      Negative comment 10 months ago

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      IPFS is sort of P2P communication network, and Dropbox is a cloud provider.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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