Self-Hosted Dropbox Alternatives

    Dropbox is not available as a self-hosted solution but there are plenty of alternatives for power users and business that want to host a solution on-premise. The best Self-Hosted alternative is Nextcloud, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Dropbox and many of them are available as a self-hosted solution so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Self-Hosted alternatives to 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 Jun 15, 2021

    Platforms

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    • Online
    • Windows
    • Mac
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Linux
    • iPad
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Windows Phone
    • Chrome OS
    • Blackberry
    • Windows S
    • Kindle Fire
    • BSD
    • Google Chrome
    • Windows Mobile
    • Firefox
    • Dropbox

    Features

    • File sharing
    • Cloud Storage
    • File Storage
    • File-sync
    • Backup
    • File transfer
    • Real time collaboration
    • Cloud sync
    • Synchronization
    • File management
    • Support for WebDAV
    • Unlimited storage
    • End-to-End Encryption
    • Folder sync
    • Encryption
    • Encrypted backups
    • Secure File Sharing
    • Large File Transfer
    • Document sharing

    License

    • Free
    • Open Source
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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. View 103 alternatives to Nextcloud
      Almost everyone thinks Nextcloud is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • F-Droid
      • Cloudron
      Nextcloud vs Dropbox
      pros, cons and recent comments
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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 4 years ago

      20
      Paour Open-sourced, easy to install and maintain, close to feature parity with Dropbox (except Paper).
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      14
      Not remote storage, which is the point of dropbox.
      Top negative comment  6 months ago

      -1
      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 6 months ago

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      Much more features. Independent from Microsoft. Ability to selfhost.
      Positive comment 6 months ago

      0
      free and opensource what else do you want
      Positive comment 7 months ago

      0
      It is free, open source, you can either self-host it or use an external provider. Plus, it's got way more than Dropbox by now thanks to external applications.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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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. View 215 alternatives to ownCloud
      Most users think ownCloud is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Raspberry Pi
      • Cloudron
      ownCloud vs Dropbox
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      Self-hosted and high quality, you control your data.
      Top positive comment  over 3 years ago

      4
      Nice alternative where you keep control over your data.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      8
      OwnCloud is self hosted, not a ready to use solution for everyone.
      Top negative comment  about 5 years ago

      0
      riveravaldez Same functionality with transparency and control.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      2
      TristisOris it's a selfhosted service.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      0
      Self hosted - YOU control your data.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
      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 4 years ago

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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. View 88 alternatives to Syncthing
      Most users think Syncthing is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      • F-Droid
      • Cloudron
      Syncthing vs Dropbox
      pros, cons and recent comments
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      Mansampard01 Cool for syncing your machines.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      5
      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 2 years ago

      2
      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 3 years ago

      -1
      Perfect alternative, and secure one.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      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 2 years ago

      -1
      Not a Dropbox alternative. Does not host files.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      -3
      JohnFastman Syncthing isn't hosted by a company. It connects two computers with INCREDIBLE speeds. Syncing speeds of 60 MB/s or more aren't unusual. Your files are only ever on your computers and the connection is encrypted for privacy. Interface is in the browser and needs a little work, and the computers can take a minute or two to discover each other. Good for sending files from one computer to another every now and again.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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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. View 111 alternatives to Seafile
      Most users think Seafile is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      Seafile vs Dropbox
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 4 years ago

      5
      Murz Free opensource with great useful features!
      Top positive comment  about 3 years ago

      1
      thickerfin Nowhere to sign up for free account.
      Top negative comment  almost 6 years ago

      1
      beatrupp Open source, self-hosting capabilites
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      0
      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

      2
    • IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines good ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the web. View 73 alternatives to IPFS
      This alternative is disputed. IPFS is still a legitimate alternative to Dropbox, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      IPFS vs Dropbox
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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 2 years ago

      9
      poppabearten This is peer to peer not cloud storage.
      Negative comment 2 months ago

      0
      IPFS is sort of P2P communication network, and Dropbox is a cloud provider.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

      0


    • 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. View 73 alternatives to Cozy
      Most users think Cozy is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Self-Hosted
      • CouchDB
      • Go (Programming Language)
      Cozy vs Dropbox
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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
      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 almost 3 years ago

      0
      I can install it on my computer and access it via android cell phone or pad.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      1
      NO Mention of open source app.
      Negative comment almost 4 years ago

      0
    • Pydio is the mature alternative to Dropbox and Box.com, to build your own box, on your own servers. View 75 alternatives to Pydio
      Most users think Pydio is a great alternative to Dropbox.
      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • Self-Hosted
      Pydio vs Dropbox
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Pydio is very similar to Owncloud, therefore if owncloud is deemed an alternative to Dropbox, so is Pydio
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

      4
    • 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. View 86 alternatives to SparkleShare
      Most users think SparkleShare is a great alternative to Dropbox.
    • Private File Sharing, Sync and Mobile Access for Home and Business. Access, Sync and Share ALL docs, photos, music and videos from anywhere. No Storage Limits. No Security Worries. View 118 alternatives to Tonido
      Some users think Tonido is a great alternative to Dropbox, some don't.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      • Windows S
      • Android Tablet
      • Windows Phone
      • iPad
      • Self-Hosted
      • Google Chrome
      • Firefox
    • Jirafeau is an open-source web site permitting to upload a file in a simple way and give an unique link to it. View 99 alternatives to Jirafeau
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Self-Hosted
      • NGINX
      • Apache HTTP Server
      • PHP
      • Cloudron
      • lighttpd
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