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Overview

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Dropbox Business is an off-site server for file syncing, storage and sharing which allows teams of all sizes to save and...

ownCloud is an open source enterprise file sharing platform designed to provide users with secure access to company files...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

10

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

5

/user

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

13.7K

6K

1.4K

202

113

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

4.2

59

5

4

3

2

1

26

23

8

1

1

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
88%
would recommend this app

Pros

Its a very helpful tool. I use when when I work from home and I love when I have all my documents on my MacBook from dropbox- without copying them; they just are there, love it.
Love the different type of software it has to offer such as storage or the quality of being able to save.
Very user friendly interface sync is very reliable good retention features. Lan sync and smart sync features are great.

Pros

This is a really great piece of software that has been well designed and implemented and does a great job in solving many problems and improving productivity.
Overall the product is good, and a number of addons provide good expanded integration and functionality.
It is your own server so it is the best to secure by your own way.

Cons

The group and user policy is alittle bit weird to understand and alittle bit confusing. I had to redo the whole access policy twice because it was not working as i wanted.
To have the file uploaded in the background with limited speeds irrespective of the download or upload speed is something that has irritated me.
It has some integration that sometimes provides warnings through Excel, but other file types are completely at risk of having conflicting copies.

Cons

It seems management had some terrible ideas which is why all the mind-share seems to be behind nextcloud these days.
When first added, there were a few errors that I had to have my host sort, because I couldn't find any documentation on them for the OwnCloud.
In big folders with a lot of files, this take a while and it use a lot of hard drive. So when your OS starts client will kill the HD until finishing the indexing of files.
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Key features

  • Total features86
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Brainstorming
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Cloud Backup
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Conflict Tracking
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Database Creation
  • Discussions/Forums
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Employee Directory
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Historical Reporting
  • Image Editing
  • Knowledge Management
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Capture
  • Notes Management
  • Office Suite
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Password Management
  • Personalization
  • Presentation Tools
  • Productivity Tools
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Synchronization
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Remote Synchronization
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Single Sign On
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronization Scheduling
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Templates
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Two-Way Synchronization
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features55
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Activity/News Feed
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Approval Process Control
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Automatic Backup
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Brainstorming
  • Calendar Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Cloud Backup
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Conflict Tracking
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Templates
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Migration
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Storage Management
  • Data Synchronization
  • Database Creation
  • Discussions/Forums
  • Document Capture
  • Document Classification
  • Document Generation
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • Employee Directory
  • Encryption
  • File Conversion
  • File Management
  • File Recovery
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Historical Reporting
  • Image Editing
  • Knowledge Management
  • Messaging
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Capture
  • Notes Management
  • Office Suite
  • Offline Access
  • Optical Character Recognition
  • Password Management
  • Personalization
  • Presentation Tools
  • Productivity Tools
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Real Time Editing
  • Real Time Synchronization
  • Real-Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Reporting
  • Real-Time Updates
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Remote Synchronization
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SEO Management
  • SSL Security
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Secure Login
  • Single Sign On
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Synchronization Scheduling
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Templates
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Two-Way Synchronization
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations1182
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations22
  • Asana
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Google Workspace
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Okta
  • OneDrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

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Javier Victor Marian B.

Government Administration, 11-50 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Dropbox Business

The first in online storage.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Dropbox was the first in online storage, at least the first in get it viral. Now we are using dropbox business since despite that we want to use an internal product (like owncloud) people still using his personal dropbox, so we decided to switch to it. The sync really works perfect. If you move a file from one to another directory wont upload it again (it just detect it and and just move inside the server, no bandwidth used). The network sync works perfect too Specially that we work in cinema industry and some times one person saves a 400 MB video and the same sector has like 10 computers with the same folder sync. Client will sync inside local network without need to kill the internet bandwidth.

Cons

May be the cons of this solution is the price. If you are in an industry that uses large files, its going to cost a lot.

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andrew f.

Information Technology and Services, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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ownCloud

ownCloud lets you own your cloud.

Reviewed 4 years ago

Experience is overall positive as the benefits typically outweigh any difficulties. Data sovereignty and geo-fencing regulations are some of the main reasons I consider using ownCloud.

Pros

Controlling your own data, while enjoying much of the benefits of the likes of dropbox or onedrive. Ability to link mobile phones and sync contacts and calendars. File/folder sync between devices.

Cons

Update process between versions can be cumbersome depending on your installation and set up method.

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Eric M.

Computer Software, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ownCloud

OwnCloud instead of DropBox

Reviewed 4 years ago

Besides being a "better DropBox", OwnCloud has the ability to use plugins. It has a MarketPlace where you can search for various types of plugins. Most of the plugins are free too.

Pros

OwnCloud is wonderful. It runs on your own server so the only limitations to the amount of storage space you have is the amount of disk space on your server. You can create public links with or without password protection, and you can schedule the link to automatically deactivate. You can have as many synchronized folders as you want (not just one like DropBox). You can share each of these folders with different people or groups, and you have full control over the type of access: read only, write only (drop box), or read/write. Best of all, OwnCloud is an open-source product and it's all absolutely free.

Cons

OwnCloud has an automatic update feature but I've had it fail more times than I've had it succeed. It's not all that hard to upgrade manually, but an automatic update would be much much nicer.

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Alson K.

Design, 1-10 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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ownCloud

Cheap and Good Alternative to Dropbox

Reviewed 2 years ago

We have been using ownCloud as a Dropbox alternative for my company for years now. We find that owning our own data is better than leaving it on the cloud. Our installation is not accessible without VPN.

Pros

Open-source means lots of plugins and support for the software.

Cons

Not as well contributed lately as compared to NextCloud

Vendor response

Dear Alson, Thanks a lot for your review. We are so happy to know that you find ownCloud convenient and affordable. The Enterprise version of ownCloud offers a host of extra features and support. Perhaps you would like a free trial? https://owncloud.com/get-started/ If you have any further feedback or questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at community@owncloud.com. We also welcome you to join our community.

JP
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Jennifer P.

Internet, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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ownCloud

Great option for collaboration

Reviewed 3 years ago

My experience was good. It is easy to organize files, share certain files with certain people and keep confidential files confidential. The easy drag and drop features allows for document migration to happen quite quickly. I also love that I can access files anywhere.

Pros

This software is great for office sharing and collaboration. Considering we have remote employees, I can upload a document and they instantly have access to it. It also does not take up a ton of bandwidth space like Dropbox is known for.

Cons

There were some features that it did not have that we wanted.

Vendor response

Dear Jennifer, Thank you so much for your review! It's great to hear that you found many features of ownCloud to be useful. The satisfaction of our users is our biggest achievement. If you have any questions or further feedback, feel free to contact us at: community@owncloud.com

JP
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John Paolo D.

Telecommunications, 201-500 employees

Used daily for 2+ years

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ownCloud

Best alternative for Dropbox

Reviewed 4 years ago

We're very satisfied with OwnCloud considering the price we pay for it. We're not considering to move out of it in the next coming years.

Pros

We've switched from DropBox due to one feature it miss which is on-prem support. We use OwnCloud in an on-premise deployment method and now we're more comfortable that our files are more secured unlike before. Also OwnCloud supports server-side encryption as well

Cons

It doesn't have any support for file locking. Lack of ability to detect duplicate changes on the same file by 2 different users.

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Andreas B.

Medical Devices, 1-10 employees

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  • Likelihood to recommend5/10

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ownCloud

ownCloud

Reviewed 7 months ago

Eigentlich OK, aber leider zu wenig bekannt bzw. verbreitet.

Pros

Einfache Bedienung, wenn Installation mal geklappt hat.

Cons

Leider ist ownCloud nicht so verbreitet wie z. B. OneDrive oder Dropbox. Da wir eine Vollintegration mit MS Office 365 benötigen, haben wir mit OneDrive mehr Vorteile, auch ist das Filesharing, das für uns wichtig ist, mit ownCloud nicht so gut gelöst wie bei OneDrive.

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Vendor response

Hello! Thank you for your review. We really appreciate it. You can integrate ownCloud with Microsoft 365: https://owncloud.com/features/microsoft-365-integration Please get in touch with our support team if you have any questions. Best regards, Team ownCloud

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Javier Victor Marian B.

Government Administration, 11-50 employees

Used daily for 6-12 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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ownCloud

Pioneer on open source cloud storage.

Reviewed 6 years ago

I love owncloud, i been there almost since it born, and I'm using it now, actively participating in the community.

Pros

I been using owncloud for at least 10 years. I'm part of the translation to spanish too. I got mad at bugs, problems, etc, but this growed quick and bugs were repaired. Now, is the solution that I use internal in the institution (government) and for my personal customers, for backup. The big pro is that the space its what you can afford in hard drives. Easy to maintain. Secure. With a lot of addons for productivity and integration. Clients for every single OS that exist.

Cons

As same as dropbox and other products, the big con that I found is that every time that the client starts needs to scan all folders. In big folders with a lot of files, this take a while and it use a lot of hard drive. So when your OS starts client will kill the HD until finishing the indexing of files.

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Francesco T.

Information Technology and Services, 11-50 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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ownCloud

The pioneer of workgroup and sharing

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

very innovative and give us the opportunity to develop new kind of business

Cons

difficult maintenance and implementation

Vendor response

Dear Francesco, Thank you so much for your review. We always value feedback from our users as it helps us to innovate and improve. If you ever face any issues with using ownCloud, you are welcome to discuss it in our forum (central.owncloud.org) and submit notifications regarding bugs in GitHub. If you have any questions or further feedback, feel free to contact us at: community@owncloud.com

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Used daily for 1-2 years

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  • Ease of use
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  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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ownCloud

Open source custom storage solution.

Reviewed 6 years ago
Pros

Owncloud is absolutely wonderful. With pricing of storage going up everywhere else, OwnCloud's system is the one to beat. Open source, it works just like Dropbox/Onedrive and other systems we've already used. It's quick to set up, most web hosts can handle it with no issues. You can customize your login page, your admins, and using it is pretty intuitive. If you're looking for customized storage that you control, OwnCloud will do the job well.

Cons

When first added, there were a few errors that I had to have my host sort, because I couldn't find any documentation on them for the OwnCloud. Since it's open source, it doesn't have a very robust support system.

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Brian F.

Construction, 201-500 employees

Used other for 1-2 years

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ownCloud

Past its prime and headed the wrong direction

Reviewed 4 years ago

Good while still community oriented, now a dead-end product.

Pros

When I implemented ownCloud, it was a neat opensource platform with an active community, with the option of solid support at a fair price. Filesharing with "cloud" providers like Dropbox leaves you at their mercy for security (or lack thereof!) and the annoying clients require re-training on a regular basis. The support costs of the simple ownCloud web interface with drag-drop file uploading were one-time only. Performance was good enough, support was cheap enough, and it was fine for what we used it for.

Cons

Over the course of a few years, the founders left due to "professional managers" messing things up. Support costs went up with no real indication why. I dropped ownCloud paid and switched to a solid commercial product called FileCloud. For "free" OSS I strongly recommend NextCloud, I've helped several friends set it up and they are ecstatic with the results.

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Scott J.

Information Technology and Services, 5,001-10,000 employees

Used daily for less than 6 months

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  • Likelihood to recommend6/10

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ownCloud

Host your own cloud

Reviewed 6 years ago

While I ultimately decided to go with Nextcloud over this one they both work really well and if the idea of an enterprise version appeals to you for business reasons then this is the way to go. Own cloud functions well and does a fantastic job of syncing files between my computers and MY cloud.

Pros

Keep your files onsite. you don't have to relinquish control of your files to some cloud provider to enjoy the sync and sharing privileges that they offer you can run your own cloud. This is a storage platform that stores your files like Dropbox and sync's them with your computer or computers . They have clients for Linux, Mac , Windows, Android and iOS. There is a free version but also there is a paid enterprise version with expanded features. There is also a growing market place of apps that you can install on your instance to expand functionality even further.

Cons

Can be a little complicated to setup initially. Not all features are available in the free/open source version.