Open Source Dropbox Alternatives

    Dropbox is described as 'Worlds leading online storage and file sync service. You get 2GB free. Apps for all major platforms'. There are more than 100 alternatives to Dropbox for various platforms. The best alternative is Nextcloud, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Dropbox are ownCloud (Freemium, Open Source), Syncthing (Free, Open Source), Seafile (Freemium, Open Source) and IPFS (Free, Open Source).

    The list of alternatives was last updated Feb 20, 2021

    • A safe home for all your data – Access & share your files, calendars, contacts, mail & more from any device, on your terms.
      Almost everyone thinks this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • F-Droid
      • Cloudron
      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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 23 users agree and 3 don't

      Paour Open-sourced, easy to install and maintain, close to feature parity with Dropbox (except Paper).
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 16 users agree and 2 don't

      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?!
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 14 users agree and 2 don't

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    • A safe home for all your data – Access & share your files, calendars, contacts, mail & more from any device, on your terms.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Cloudron
      Self-hosted and high quality, you control your data.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 4 users agree

      Nice alternative where you keep control over your data.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago 12 users agree and 4 don't

      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 almost 4 years ago 13 users agree and 7 don't

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    • Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • F-Droid
      • Cloudron
      Mansampard01 Cool for syncing your machines.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago 5 users agree

      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
      Positive comment over 1 year ago 2 users agree

      MasteLrugarius It doesnt need any install on linux... thats cool!
      Positive comment over 4 years ago 9 users agree and 6 don't

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    • 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.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      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.)
      Positive comment over 4 years ago 5 users agree

      Murz Free opensource with great useful features!
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago 2 users agree and 1 doesn't

      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 4 years ago 4 users agree and 2 don't

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    • IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines good ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the web.
      This alternative is disputed. It's still a legitimate alternative, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      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 almost 2 years ago 7 users agree

    • Choose simplicity, get Cozy. We all have a life and a digital life. Cozy gathers them. In your Cozy, you have all your personal data: pictures, health, bank, holidays, accessible only by you. Welcome to your new digital home.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Self-Hosted
      • CouchDB
      • Go (Programming Language)
      Free and open source software, great UX, can be self-hosted if you want. Can add apps on top to leverage personal data.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago 3 users agree

      efficient background replication across computers and mobile devices. Also, hosted in Europe, good to avoid prying eyes of USA providers and national agencies
      Positive comment over 2 years ago 1 users agree and 1 doesn't

      I can install it on my computer and access it via android cell phone or pad.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago 1 users agree

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    • Pydio is the mature alternative to Dropbox and Box.com, to build your own box, on your own servers.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • Self-Hosted
      Pydio is very similar to Owncloud, therefore if owncloud is deemed an alternative to Dropbox, so is Pydio
      Positive comment over 5 years ago 4 users agree

    • Sia is a new decentralized cloud storage platform aimed at giving users control of their data.
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      • Freemium • Open Source
      • Online
      • JSON
      • JavaScript
      • Go (Programming Language)
      Much more cost effective; dev team is doing well and very devoted.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    • SparkleShare is a Free Open Source syncing tool. Its light, secure and easy to use. SparkleShare allows you to setup your own servers so you always keep control on your data.
      Most users think this is a great alternative to Dropbox.
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    • Distributed, encrypted, and blazing fast object storage, where only you have access to your data.
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      • Free • Open Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      beatrupp Open Source, decentralized, encrypted.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago 0 users agree and 1 doesn't