Self-hosted Alternative to Dropbox

Paul Poulain paul.poulain at BIBLIBRE.COM
Thu Sep 17 04:00:53 EDT 2015

Le 16/09/2015 20:46, Christian Pietsch a écrit :
> Hi John,
> if you want a straight replacement for Dropbox, go for Seafile:
> (free download, open source).
> It looks and feels like Dropbox, and runs smoothly even on a first
> generation Raspberry Pi. Which cannot be said for OwnCloud which I
> tried before that. OwnClound suffers from a severe case of featuritis
> trying to be everything to everyone.
I confirm that seafile is great. You can use it hosted by seafile, or on 
your own server.
Depending on your skills & needs, you can choose what is the best option 
for you.
For biblibre, we have our own seafile server, it's great !

There is a difference between seafile & dropbox : in seafile you can 
define many "repositories", that you can synchronize (or not) 
individually. But if you synchronize one, you synchronize it fully. In 
Dropbox, you have one "repository" and you select the directories you 
want to synchronize inside this repository.

Once you've understood this difference, it's easy to use & powerful.
> Cheers,
> Christian
> On Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 11:34:25AM -0400, Lolis, John wrote:
>> In our teen space the librarians have been using DropBox on the service
>> desk computer and the public access computers and laptops.  I have nothing
>> against DropBox, but I am against having the network's bandwidth getting
>> eaten up when someone decides to copy a video file to the DropBox folder.
>> So I'm looking for a self-hosted alternative to DropBox, one that could be
>> accessed by anyone on the private, wired network as well as by those on our
>> public wireless network (with restricted access, of course).  It would also
>> be great if there's iOS and Android support.
>> So far, I found this which seems the most promising:
>> Does anyone out there have any experience with it or have other solutions

Paul Poulain, Associé-gérant / co-owner
BibLibre, Services en logiciels libres pour les bibliothèques
BibLibre, Open Source software and services for libraries


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