Install And Use MEGA Cloud Storage In Linux

Install and use MEGASync in Linux

MEGA is a cloud storage service launched by the founder of controversial file sharing website MegauploadKim Dotcom. MEGA claims to provide end to end encryption and thus keeping your data private. The encryption key is held by the user instead of the cloud service provider, claims MEGA.

Features of MEGA cloud service

Following are some of the key features of MEGA cloud service:

Installing MEGA in Linux

Unlike Google Drive, MEGA not only offers a generous 50 GB of free storage, it also offers a native desktop client for Linux. Binaries are available to easily install MEGASync (desktop sync client for MEGA) in all major Linux desktop. You can get the binary package for MEGASync form the link below. Just choose your Linux distribution (or the distribution on which your Linux OS is based on).

Download MEGASync client for Linux

Using MEGASync in Linux

If you have used Dropbox, you’ll find MEGASync client very similar in functioning to Dropbox client. I presume that you know how to install use the executable in your respective Linux distributions. Ubuntu based distributions can use gdebi to install .deb files. On the first use, you will be taken through a number of steps, which are quite easy to follow.

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MEGASync client also installs a indicator so that you can easily access it. I did not see any notifications for the single file I uploaded so far. I presume that it should have desktop notifications as well.

Nautilus extensions

When you go to the download page to download the MEGASync client, you’ll also find the option to download Nautilus extension there. You can install it in your respective Linux distribution (of you are using Nautilus file manager).

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MegaSync Nautilus extension

Worth a try?

Well. It depends on your need. If the 2 GB of free Dropbox storage is not enough for you or you want better privacy, and do not want to go through the trouble of installing OwnCloud, MEGA could be a good alternative. But remember, your password is the encryption key here. You forget the password, forget about the data stored in cloud as well because MEGA doesn’t know about your password/key. Also, keeping the history of Mega products in mind, one can never be sure if this cloud service is here to stay (I hope it does).

For me, Dropbox is my primary cloud storage and I have utilized almost all of the free 20 GB I have got with it. Do I need more? Well, if it’s free, it won’t hurt to get some more free space to put some rather less important stuff in it. What do you say?

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For those on Ubuntu based 16.04 who like using the terminal:
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sudo apt-key add Release.key
# now add the repo line to the /etc/apt/sources.list
deb ./
# followed by
sudo apt-get update
# install the megatools
sudo apt-get install megatools
#to avoid using passwords on the CLI first create ~/.megarc file with contents:
Username = your-maga-email-address
Password = your-mega-password
# make sure you set permissions on this file to RW just for yourself
chmod 600 ~/.megarc
# now create a remote root for future sync usage
megamkdir /Root/mybackup

# to do a sync to remote
megacopy --local store $HOME/somefoldertobackup --remote /Root/mybackup

# enjoy the CLI !

Please can you not link to an article about Copy cloud service when it tells you that the service is no longer available and then refer you back to a list of alternative cloud services. Kinda of circular waste of time. Thanks.

Abhishek Prakash

Thanks for pointing it out. Have updated the article.

Hello Abhishek ! If possible can you please update this tutorial for "How to install MEGASync using PPA " ?

Abhishek Prakash

I don't know if there exists a PPA for Mega. Any specific reasons for using PPA instead of the .deb installer?

Is the 10 GB bandwidth for a month or for lifetime?


a month

Excellent find Abhishek. Mega seems to be working just fine and a perfect tool for people like me slowly migrating away from Apple.

Nirmalya Chakraborty

Dear Abhishek,
I have two desktops both running Linux Mint 17.1
Can you tell me the easiest way to seamlessly connect both with a network cable.
Presently I can ping both from one another, but have no idea about file or folder sharing.


Hi Nirmalya,

You are talking about LAN connection perhaps. I will try to write an article on it.

Meanwhile you can use Samba to share files between Linux OSes or Linux and Windows.

Nirmalya Chakraborty

Abhishek, may I have your email id/ contact number? If you feel so please send it at [email protected]

I need it for a special need. Regards

Nirmalya Chakraborty

Dear Abhishek,
I somehow managed to connect both the computers using my limited knowledge about TCP/IP, SSH (client and server) and folder rights on Linux.

But it would be great if you provide a complete guide about setting up a home network using the open source alternatives including internet connection sharing, storage sharing and setting up a blue tooth file sharing.


Sure Nirmalya. I'll add it to my list.

I think it will be a very helpful writeup for quite a few people, but I can also understand that it will take you time, especially because there may be quite a few people with limited knowledge of networking and you will have to put in the way they may understand without much difficulty and may have to give quite a few cross references.