Brief: Which cloud service is the best for Linux? We list several free cloud storage services that you can use in Linux.
Copy was the best cloud storage for Linux for past couple of years. It gave over 300 Gb storage and came with native apps for desktop platforms including Linux and mobile platforms as iOS and Android. But unfortunately Copy has been discontinued and it forced me to look for some best alternative to Copy.
Best Cloud storage services for Linux
Now, what do you want in a cloud storage services as a Linux storage? Let me guess:
- Lots of free storage. After all, individuals cannot pay hefty amounts every month.
- Native Linux client. So that you can synchronize files easily with the server without doing special tweaking or running scripts at regular intervals.
- Desktop clients for other desktop OSes i.e. Windows and OS X. Portability is a necessity and syncing files between devices is such a good relief.
- Mobile apps for Android and iOS. In today’s modern world, you need to be connected to all the devices.
Let’s see what are the best cloud services for Linux.
There is simply no denying that Dropbox rules the cloud storage world. One of the first few cloud storage service provider, Dropbox has kept innovating and introducing new features to become one of the best cloud services out there. A sleek web interface and an excellent desktop client make it the best choice for Linux users.
- 2Gb of free storage
- Excellent desktop client for Linux and other platforms
- Link sharing
- Files can be viewed in the web interface itself
- Selective sync to save space on desktop
- Version control
- Only 2 Gb of free storage is a downside
2. Google Drive
Another good cloud storage is Google Drive. It gives you 15Gb of free storage that is shared with your email. Google Drive is closely integrated with Google Docs, an online office product that you can use in your web browser. I think this is the best alternative to Dropbox.
Though Google Drive doesn’t have an official Linux client, there are other ways to use Google Drive in Linux.
- 15Gb of free storage
- Link sharing
- Integrated with online office suite
- No official desktop client for Linux
If you are a regular It’s FOSS reader, you might have come across my earlier article about Mega on Linux. This cloud service is an offering by the infamous Kim Dotcom of Megaupload scandal. This also makes some users skeptical about it because Kim Dotcom has been a target by US authorities for a long time.
Mega has everything that you would expect in a hassle free cloud service. It provides 50 GB of free storage to individual users. Provide native clients for Linux and other platforms and also has end to end encryption. The native Linux client works fine and the sync across the device is seamless. You can also view and access your files in a web browser.
- 50 GB of free storage
- End to end encryption
- Native clients for Linux and other platforms such as Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS
- Shady past of the owner
Hubic is a cloud service from French company OVH. Hubic also offers 25 GB of free cloud storage at sign up. You can further extend it to 50GB (for free users) by referring it to friends.
Hubic has a Linux client which is in beta (for over two years now). Hubic has an official Linux client but it is limited to command line. I did not go on to test the mobile versions.
Hubic boasts of some nice features though. Apart from simple to use interface, file sharing etc, it has a Backup feature where you can archive your important files regularly.
- 25 GB of free storage, extendable up to 50 GB
- Available on multiple platforms
- Backup feature
- Linux client in beta, only available in command line
pCloud is another European offering but this time across the French border, from Switzerland. Focused on encryption and security, pCloud offers 10 GB of free storage for each signup. You can further increase it up to 20 GB by inviting friends, sharing links on social media etc.
It has all the standard features of a cloud service such as file sharing and synchronization, selective syncing etc. pCloud also has native clients across platforms, including Linux of course.
Linux client is easy to use and worked well in my limited testing on Linux Mint 17.3.
- 10 GB of free storage, extendable up to 20 GB
- A good working Linux client with GUI
- Encryption is a premium feature
6. Yandex Disk
Russian internet giant Yandex has everything that Google has. A search engine, analytics and webmaster tool, email, web browser and cloud storage service.
Yandex Disk offers 10 GB of free cloud storage on sign up. It has native clients for multiple platforms, including Linux. However, the official Linux client is only command line. You can get unofficial GUI client for Yandex disk though. File sharing via links is available as along with other standard cloud storage feature.
- 10 GB of free storage, extendable up to 20 GB via referrals.
- Only command line client available
I have deliberately skipped SpiderOak, OwnCloud and NextCloud from the list. SpiderOak also provides only 2 GB of free storage but you cannot access it in a web browser.
OwnCloud and NextCloud need their own server and set-up and thus it is not everyone’s cup of tea. And it certainly doesn’t fit the criteria of a typical cloud service for a home user.
What is your choice among this list of best cloud storage services for Linux? Which one do you prefer? Share your views in the comment section below.