Your Own File Sharing Solution: 5 Open Source Dropbox Alternatives

Open Source Dropbox Alternatives | Your Own File Sharing Solution: 5 Open Source Dropbox AlternativesWhen it comes to cloud platforms and services, DropBox is definitely up there as being one of the best, and there’s no denying the impact it’s had on the work, both personally and from a business perspective, but it’s important to remember it’s not the only cloud slash file sharing service out there.

There are plenty of options to think about, especially open-source ones that allow you to customize your service however you like. If Dropbox just isn’t doing it for you, why not check out these open source alternatives you’re bound to fall in love with. Let’s get into it.

  1. Seafile

Seafire is starting off our list because it’s one of the most basic services there is, and while it not be overloaded with features, it’s a simple yet effective platform that gets the job done, no questions asked. You can easily share files using a Linux server; you can add password protection and set various permission levels, depending on what you’re after.

Compatible with macOS, Linus, Android, iOS, and Windows, all your computing needs are covered, and encryption comes as standard, so you know your data is protected while transferring, storing, uploading, and downloading.

  1. OnionShare

OnionShare is another incredibly simple file sharing app, and it works on the simple premise that you upload a file, create a link, and then anyone you give the link to can download the file. You don’t need to upload or maintain a server for this to work; just manage everything directly from your computer, making this the best choice for personal users.

All data is sent anonymously, and it’s fully integratable with the Onion Tor Browser. You can also set limits and stop sharing after a certain time you set. Easy as anything.

  1. OwnCloud

Launched all the way back in 2010, OwnCloud is one of the oldest file-sharing applications in the world, and there’s no denying it’s still one of the most popular applications today, clocking in with around 1.5 million users worldwide. The open-source basis is supported by over 1,100 contributors and has many features similar to Dropbox.

Just set it up and host on your private Linux or cloud-based service and away you go. It’s really easy to set up and use and incredibly powerful. 

  1. Pydio Cells

Stable as of May 2018, Pydio Cells is one of the latest and more professional looking solutions and services to come to market. You have all the features you’d expect in an easy to use way, including mobile apps on both platforms and state of the art security that helps you ensure everything stays protected and secure.

If you’re looking for a stable server to host this file-sharing service, or any of the others mentioned on our list and offers you features like remote file access and remote file access highlights, as well as plenty of customizable options, make sure you’re taking your time to look for a service that works for you.

  1. NextCloud

Created from the foundations of OwnCloud, the service we mentioned above, and released to the world back in 2016, NextCloud’s best-selling feature is its optimized security features that the regulatory compliance features. Encryption and security are paramount here, and using this service allows you to ensure your data and files are as protected as possible.


There’s no denying there are plenty of fantastic open-source options out there when it comes to cloud services and file sharing. You just need to take your time in figuring out what features you want, which service works for you, and, ultimately what experience you want when digitally sharing your files.


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