Which is the best cloud storage service for Linux? Here, we list several free cloud storage services that you can use in Linux.
Now, before moving to the list of options, what should you look for in cloud storage services for Linux? Let me guess:
- Lots of free storage: After all, not all individuals can pay hefty amounts every month.
- Native Linux client: To synchronize files easily with the server without doing special tweaking or running scripts at regular intervals.
- Desktop clients for other desktop OS: i.e. Windows and macOS: Cross-platform support are always convenient.
- Mobile apps for Android and iOS: In today’s modern world, you need to be connected with multiple devices.
Considering these points, let’s see what the best cloud services for Linux are:
Best Cloud storage services for Linux
Note: The list is in no particular order of ranking.
There is simply no denying that Dropbox is a popular cloud storage service used by enterprises and professionals. One of the first few cloud storage service providers—Dropbox has kept innovating and introduced new features to become one of the best cloud services out there.
While it does not offer a lot of free storage, a sleek web interface and an excellent desktop client make it a smart choice for Linux users.
- 2 GB 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
pCloud is a Swiss-based offering. Switzerland is known for its strict privacy policies guarding the data of the individuals from snooping agencies.
Plenty of privacy-focused services like ProtonMail are based in Switzerland. It is focused on encryption and security. So, that is a good aspect of pCloud.
In addition to that, it also lets you choose your cloud storage location when you set up (EU or US). I don’t see a lot of cloud storage providers offering this choice, which is a unique offering.
Also, you can use pCloud to back up your entire Linux system. That’s another unique feature.
pCloud offers up to 10 GB of free storage for each sign up. You may need to install the mobile app and do a few things to unlock 10 GB free storage. Also, you can further increase it more by inviting friends, sharing links on social media, or through their referral/affiliate programs.
If you want to go for premium plan, I suggest going for the lifetime plan which is quite pocket-friendly. I use their 500 GB lifetime plan.
It has all the standard features such as file sharing and synchronization, selective syncing etc. On top of that, pCloud provides file versioning, data recovery up to 30 days.
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.
- 10 GB of free storage, extendable up to 20 GB
- A good working Linux client with GUI
- Allows collaboration by link sharing
- 30 Days backup for deleted files
- Unlimited file size upload
- Built-in audio and video player
- Mobile apps allow camera roll upload
- Backups from Dropbox, Google Drive etc
- 5 copies of files on different servers
- Client-side encryption is a premium feature
Mega has everything that you would expect in a hassle-free cloud service. It provides 20 GB of free storage to individual users out of the box and may offer you options to earn more free storage after you sign up.
Technically, that’s how the free plan works now. If you previously had an account, 50 GB storage space will be permanent for you.
In addition to that, it provides native clients for Linux and other platforms and has the end-to-end encryption by default. 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 for free
- Native clients for Linux and other platforms such as Windows, Mac OS X, Android, iOS
- The business may undergo changes under the scrutiny of government authorities because it is a popular platform to store/share copyright or illegal materials.
4. Google Drive (with third-party desktop clients)
Google Drive is an incredibly popular service. It gives you 15 GB of free storage that is shared with your email, documents, and photos.
Despite repeated requests, tech giant Google has not bothered to create a native official Linux client for Google Drive. However, there are other ways to use Google Drive in Linux. That’s the reason why I included Google Drive in this list of cloud software for Linux.
- 15 GB of free storage
- Link sharing
- Integrated with online office suite
- No official desktop client for Linux
5. Yandex Disk
Russian internet giant Yandex has everything that Google has. A search engine, analytics service, webmaster tool, email, web browser and a 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.
People who are already using Yandex services should give it a try.
- 10 GB of free storage, extendable up to 20 GB via referrals
- Mobile apps
- Only command line client available
- If you are averted to Russian technologies
Cozy is a French company that gives you 5 GB of free cloud storage. In fact, Cozy is more than just a free cloud service. It’s a digital locker for securely keeping your bank statements, bills and health reimbursement.
You are probably already saving your important documents, tax receipts, identity cards, warranty receipts in the cloud. You scan these documents manually and then upload them to a cloud service. Cozy does all this for you automatically.
If you are a French resident, Cozy could be a lifesaver for managing all your documents. Cozy has something called an ‘app store.’ You can connect your Cozy account to numerous services such as your bank, your internet service provider, your insurance providers, and commercial stores like Darty, Leclerc, etc. You can also connect it with French income tax accounts.
Cozy fetches all the bills and invoices from the linked services and stores it in the cloud. You get all the documents in one place automatically.
Everything included, it also makes the core server stack open-source. You can check that out on GitHub if you’re curious.
- 10 GB of free storage
- Native Linux client in AppImage format
- Connects to various online services and automatically gets invoices and account statements
- Cross platform with mobile apps
- Could be confusing for a simple cloud service
- At present, the focus seems to be on French market
7. Seafile (can be self-hosted)
Seafile is a free and open source file hosting and collaboration platform. Apart from file hosting and sharing, you can also edit documents online. Seafile keeps versions of files and snapshots of folders so that they can be restored to a previous version.
Since it’s a multi-user collaboration platform, you can also set file permissions or lock a file for specific users. Audit logs are also available. Admins can also remote wipe data. All data transfers are protected via HTTPS/TLS protocol. Server-side data encryption is also a feature.
The free edition allows three users. If you need more than three users, you can either host it on your own server or pay for the services.
- Free and Open Source Software
- Native Linux client and mobile apps
- File versioning
- Document editing and collaboration
- Primarily aimed at enterprises
- Professional edition has a better feature set than the free community edition
8. Nextcloud (can be self-hosted)
Nextcloud is a free and open-source cloud storage and collaboration platform that you can install on your own server. It’s not entirely free if we consider that you don’t have a server in the first place. But, if you have one, you don’t need to spend anything more to use Nextcloud but only the expertise needed to configure and manage your self-hosted Nextcloud instance.
Nextcloud is a complete collaboration platform for small and medium-sized businesses. Apart from the cloud storage, you can also use Nextcloud for mails, contacts, calendars for users in your organization.
It’s a complete productivity suite that can be hosted on the servers of your organization. In fact, we at It’s FOSS use Nextcloud as well.
- Free and Open Source software
- Complete control on your data
- A complete productivity suite
- Useful for small and midsize organizations as well as individuals
- Not a managed cloud service
- No free tier from Nextcloud, some third-party
- You’ll need your own server and manage it manually
9. OneDrive (using third-party clients)
If you work with Microsoft 365 apps on the web browser, you will probably like the option of using OneDrive better than others.
Even though it just gives 5 GB of free storage, you have Skype and other Microsoft 365 app services included with paid plans if you need it for work. Officially, there’s no native Linux client, but you can refer to our guide and use OneDrive on Linux flawlessly.
- Microsoft 365 services integration
- Link sharing
- No official native Linux client
- Not a lot of free storage
Icedrive can be a suitable alternative to MEGA where you get client-side encryption enabled by default for all premium plans. To start with, you get 10 GB of free storage.
Icedrive claims to constantly add new features and security improvements to the platform to stay out of the crowd. Also, it offers you a 14-day money back policy to test drive the premium service before you make up your mind.
It’s premium, lifetime plans are also very pocket friendly with 1 TB of cloud storage for just $149.
For Linux, it offers a GUI client in the form of an AppImage file or a snap package. This way, you can access your files from your desktop. It’s not the same as its Windows counterpart, though.
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
Your favorite cloud service for Linux?
What is your choice among this list of best cloud storage services for Linux? Which one do you prefer?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments down below.