Top 7 Alternatives for Ubuntu One Cloud Storage

Ubuntu One, your favorite cloud storage service for Ubuntu is no more in existence since July, 2014. It had been providing a great service ever since it was launched 5 years ago on May 13, 2009.

Well, if it has been doing great then why the heck is it getting closed down? This is what the sources say "If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make".
The syncing on Ubuntu One will stopped June 1st, 2014 and all the data got wiped out by July 31st, 2014.

But, you need not worry about your data on the Ubuntu One cloud. There are a lot other great cloud storage service providers which are good enough to replace Ubuntu One. Here, I have collated some of the best ones that you will find helpful.

1. Dropbox

Dropbox is one of the best applications that provides cloud storage for almost every platform out there like Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry & Linux.

To start using dropbox, you need to have an account first which can be easily created from here
Dropbox can be easily installed using the debian package which can be obtained from here 

Install the debian,
root@0:~# dpkg -i dropbox_1.6.0_amd64.deb

To start the dropbox,
root@0:~# dropbox start -i

Next,follow the steps as dropbox prompts on the screen.

The other way round is using the dropbox's repository:
Add Dropbox’s repository key
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 5044912E

Add Dropbox’s repository
sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) main"

update and install Dropbox
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install nautilus-dropbox

Next, follow the steps as dropbox prompts on the screen.
It provides you with 2+ gb of free space and you can upgrade for more storage with nominal prices. For pricing related to dropbox storage, please visit dropbox pricing

2. Copy

Copy is the product of network security and backup giant Barracuda, your files are stored on servers they control and manage, not with a 3rd party like most cloud storage services.


For increased security, your data is protected by multiple layers of encryption, including top-secret grade AES 256, both during transfer and while at rest on Barracuda's enterprise-class cloud storage. And with advanced features like secure sharing, source validation, and identity verification, you can breathe easy knowing your content can only be seen by the people you want.

If you are already using dropbox, you might want to consider copy as it has some advantages over Dropbox. It offers 15Gb of free space, plus addition 5Gb for every referral. You can also sync folders other than Copy folder. In Dropbox you can sync only the Dropbox folder.

It gets nicely integrated with Ubuntu (which seems to work well for most people) and the overall offer is great imo. It can also be easily encrypted using GnomeEncfsManager which works perfectly.

To install copy on ubuntu,
  • Download it from here and then extract it.
  • Launch the CopyAgent from the x86 or x86_64 folder.
  • Create an account with copy, login and you will get a copy directory in your home folder. You are now ready to use the copy cloud storage.

3. Bitcasa

The Bitcasa Platform uses patent-pending technology to offer the most private and accessible cloud storage. Every time a file is uploaded, Bitcasa’s proprietary block-level encryption secures files before they are transferred to our servers. Once in Bitcasa, at least three fully encrypted copies are stored safely. Files can then be accessed from any device,real-time transcoding resolves any cross-platform issues or can be shared seamlessly via email and social network integration. Bitcasa uses smart caching technology to make files feel just like they are locally stored, and “Favorite” files are stored locally for seamless offline access.


By backing up all of your devices to Bitcasa, your digital belongings are now protected in case of theft, loss or damage,you never have to think about backing up again! Bitcasa is easy, automatic and dependable, and you can even go back in time and recover old versions of files.Unlike many storage solutions, the Bitcasa Platform keeps your digital belongings safe and secure by encrypting all your files before they’re uploaded. Its only you who has access to your stuff. Not even Bitcasa employees can see your files!

The Bitcasa Platform works just like a normal hard drive, except it will never run out of space! Simply drag and drop files to your Bitcasa Drive, and you’ll never again have to worry about running out of space on your computer and mobile devices. Unlike other services, Bitcasa frees up space rather than wasting valuable space by duplicating your data to all your devices.

To install bitcasa on ubuntu,

Add the Repo
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb debian main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/bitcasa-release.list'

Add the Key
wget -O- | sudo apt-key add -

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install bitcasa
For pricing details of bitcasa, please refer bitcasa pricing.

4. Google drive (Insync)

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works:
  • Go to Google Drive on the web.
  • Install Google Drive on your computer or mobile device.
  • Throw your files in Google Drive. It’s right there on your device.
Now your files go everywhere you do. If you change a file on the web, on your computer, or on your mobile device, it updates on every device where you’ve installed Google Drive.

driveIt allows you to store the first 15 GB of your stuff for free across Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. When your Google Drive grows, you can get another 100+ GB of space starting at $1.99 per month.

However, google drive is not available for the linux platform as of now. Here comes in the third party application,insync, which allows you sync your google drive to the linux box. Not just Linux, insync works perfect for all the other platforms as well like mac,windows,android & windows phone.

It comes with amazing features like:
  • Add and sync multiple google drive accounts under single client.
  • Sync even the files outside the insync directory with a right click.
  • View and edit google documents even when offline in office format.
  • perfect nautilus integration
It charges as low as $15 per Google account, once a year. It has lot other plans to offer which can be checked out here

It can be easily installed in ubuntu with the debian package, download it from here

5. BittorrentSync's business model

BitTorrent Sync by BitTorrent, Inc is a proprietary peer-to-peer file synchronization tool available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BSD.

With BTSync you keep your data on your own server or pc , it's not on the cloud. Neithertheless for your privacy It's better than Gdrive or Dropbox etc but With less functions and you have to have sufficient storage on your device to store what you want to save on your server.


BitTorrent Sync encrypts data with an Advanced Encryption Standard AES-128 key in counter mode which may either be randomly generated or set by the user. This key is derived from a 'secret' which can be shared to other users to share data. Data is sent between devices directly unless the target device is unreachable (e.g. behind a firewall) in which case the data will first be relayed via an intermediary node. Many devices can be connected simultaneously and files shared between them in a Mesh networking way.

When it comes to using BittorrentSync, it can be done using the PPA and from the source.

Using PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tuxpoldo/btsync
sudo apt-get update
For normal desktop use, you only need to install btsync-user:
sudo apt-get install btsync-user

Alternatively, if you're setting up your BTSync server, install btsync:
sudo apt-get install btsync

During the installation just use the default setting and set the administrative password as well ,You can access it from

Username = admin , Password = ( Use have set during installation )

Using source:
  • Download BitTorrent Sync
  • Extract it and start it using btsync executable.
  • To launch, use any of the below urls,

Box comes with a free storage of 10 GB. Officially, there is no box sync client for linux available.However, to setup box for autosync on ubuntu, WebDav can be used. It mounts box like any other harddisc.

box is highly recommended for the following reasons:

1. syncing doesn't occur by default. It appears as normal storage. But you can sync &/or encrypt files if you choose to do so.
2. They use WebDAV over https so you can mount/access the storage under any os. Phone apps are available too.
3. They have a free 50GB plan you can sign up for (if you research how to do so) but it will cap the size of the files you can upload.They have a very limited bandwidth, though which makes it quite longer to upload or download the files.

Follow these steps here to mount box as a WebDav folder on your ubuntu system.

To know more of the box, visit the official website

7. owncloud

As the name itself says,with "owncloud" you can own a private cloud of yours and your private files actually remain private. This one is for you if you do not want your data going into someone else's hands.

 ownCloud gives you universal access to your files through a web interface or WebDAV. It also provides a platform to easily view & sync your contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all your devices and enables basic editing right on the web. Installation has minimal server requirements, doesn’t need special permissions and is quick. ownCloud is extendable via a simple but powerful API for applications and plugins.

It allows a user to specify one or more directories on the local machine to sync to the ownCloud server. It allows the user to always have the latest files wherever they may be. When a change is made to the file on the computer, it will sync to the ownCloud server via the sync client.It works well with almost all the platforms like Windows,OS X,Linux,Android and iOS.

To install owncloud on Ubuntu, use the following steps:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud-client.list"

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install owncloud-client

Next, follow the steps as owncloud prompts on the screen.

It comes with lots other features like
  • Improved performance across the board.
  • Easier development of 3rd party apps, easier access to core functions for app development with the updated ownCloud App API.
  • Share file notification. Send an email if sharing a file or folder.
  • Example files for new users. Load new user’s with files, such as a tutorial on how to use ownCloud, which appears when they first log in.
  • Sharing REST API. Control sharing from mobile apps and desktop clients
  • App management.Improved management of 3rd party apps.
  • Logging
  • LDAP / Active directory integration
These were some of the best alternatives as per the reviews from users all over the internet. Apart from these, you can even use yahoo mail(1TB) for your documents or any other important files and flicker(1TB) for your photos and videos. Its more than enough for the life time.Then there are other cloud storage service providers like meocloud, Wuala, 4shared, Hubic, One drive by Microsoft.

Migrate files between the clouds with Mover:

Migration of data from one csp to another is a big problem. Mover has been designed to ease it up. Mover is the defacto method for migrating any files to and from services such as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, Egnyte, Copy, Amazon S3, and many others. It supports legacy systems such as Blackboard Xythos, WebDAV, FTP, SFTP, and SharePoint. With mover, you can automate the whole data migration process and do it without any havoc.Migrating from one server to another can be a real time suck. It even supports the data migration between CMS like WordPress or Magento.

Sources: Askubuntu, OMG! Ubuntu, Ubuntu One 


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