Comparison of file hosting services

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This article compares many of the active file hosting services where files can be shared.

File hosting services with file-sharing possibility[edit]

This is a Comparison of file hosting services.

File hosting Services are a particular kind of online file storage; however, various products that are designed for online file storage may not have features or characteristics that others designed for sharing files have.

  No restriction
  Limit on some types of accounts
  Limit across all accounts
  Total restriction across all accounts
Web host Storage size Max. file size Direct access[1 1] Traffic or bandwidth limit File expiration[1 2] Remote uploading? Developer API? FTP upload possible? File versioning Follows symlinks Client-side encryption[1] Free GB (number only) Misc. notes
360 Yunpan Unlimited 360 MB browser, 10 GB client Yes None None No No No No No  ? 36864 Currently in Chinese only
Amazon Cloud Drive[2] 5 GB free,
up to 1000 GB paid
2 GB No Amazon S3 limits None No No  ? No  ?  ? 5 N/A
Amazon S3[3] 5 GB 12-month free trial with credit-card,
paid bandwidth,
Unlimited paid
TB per file, unlimited files per bucket Yes Amazon S3 limits None, pay for storage each month No REST, SOAP  ?  ?  ?  ? 0 N/A
ASUS WebStorage[4] GB free,
Unlimited paid
500 MB free,
1-2 GB paid
No[5] 500 MB per 30 min free,
1  to TB per month paid[6][7]
? No No  ?  ?  ?  ? 5 N/A
Baidu Cloud TB (2048 GB) free[8] 20 GB Windows paid,
4 GB Mac & free
Yes None None No No No No No  ? 2048 Currently in Chinese only
Box[9][10] 10 GB free,
25-50 GB paid,
1 TB Business,
Unlimited Enterprise[11]
250  MB free Personal,
GB paid Personal,
2 GB Business,
5 GB Enterprise[11]
Yes[12] 10  GB/month free,
2 TB/month paid[13]
None[14] No Yes[15] Business and Enterprise customers only[16] Depends (premium)[17]  ?  ? 10 Does not sync Mac files such as iWork: Keynote etc.
50 GB free with Sony Xperia or HP Spectre 13
ByteShot Unlimited[18] GB Yes None None  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes 0 browser rendering for certain file types
CloudMe[19] 3 GB free,
+500 MB for referrals up to 16 GB,
500 GB paid[20]
150  MB free,
Unlimited premium
No[21] None None No REST, SOAP, WebDAV[22]  ? Neutral (60 days)[23]  ?  ? 3 Primarily focused on media files, synchronization and backup with web sharing.
Copy 15  GB free,[24]
+5 GB free for referrals up to 40 GB
None[25] Yes 40 GB/day free,[26] No expiration for paid accounts,
90 days of inactivity for free users[27]
 ?  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes 15 Copy uses "Fair Storage for All"[28]
Dropbox[29] 2 GB free,
+500 MB for referrals up to 18 GB,
1TB Pro account,
Up to Unlimited on Business[30]
10  GB.
Unlimited using
client  application
Yes 20  GB/day free,
200  GB/day paid[31]
None No Yes No[32] 30 days free
Unlimited paid
Yes No 2 Synchronization, backup and websharing.
25 GB free with HTC Sense 4 & 5,
50 GB free with Samsung device
FileSplat.com 10 GB Free 2 GB Yes 20 GB / Week None No No No No Yes No 10 Not for profit, focuses on privacy and security with strict privacy standards, high-grade TLS encryption and optional file encryption. Also supports audio and video streaming.
FORLINKS Unlimited[33] None Yes None 5 days free
Never paid
Yes Yes Yes No  ?  ? - Focus on video, audio, photo, documents. Has video streaming, backup storage tariff plan.
FileDropper Unlimited GB  ?  ? a week, maybe  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A
FilePi Unlimited 100  MB No None None No No  ?  ?  ?  ? 0 N/A
Fileserve 500  GB free,
Unlimited paid
GB free,
GB paid
No None 60 days after last download free,
Never paid
No  ? Yes (except for non-accounts) Yes  ?  ? 500 N/A
Firedrive[34] 20  GB free,
up to TB on Pro accounts,
Unlimited on Executive Plan
50  GB No None None Yes Coming soon Yes No  ? Coming soon 20 Allows users to upload to other accounts without having to sign up using filedrop. No sign up required to use service and share files.
Google Drive[35][36] 15  GB free,[37]
100  GB to 10  TB paid[38][39]
TB[40] Yes[41] None[citation needed] None No OAuth2 No Yes[42] No No 15 Additional space for limited time period with some devices and services. [43][44][45][46]
Handy Backup 250 GB Free tier is just a limited-time trial 5 GB Yes None For paying users there is usually no file expiration. No No Yes Yes  ?  ? 0 Optimized for automatic backup-to-cloud usage.
HiDrive[47] GB free,
100 or 500 GB paid[48]
None GB via HTTPS Yes, WebDAV None None Yes, WebDAV Yes REST and OAuth2[49] Yes No No No 5
IBM Connections 5 GB,
additional space paid
GB Yes None None No CMIS, REST, Atom (standard) and OAuth2 No Yes  ?  ? 5 Subscription costs US$6/year[50]
Apple iCloud[51] 5 GB free,
10 to 50 GB paid
GB Yes 200/400/600 GB per month None No WebDAV  ?  ?  ?  ? 5 25 GB for previous MobileMe account subscriptions[52]
MagicVortex GB GB paid Yes None 7 or 14  days based on subscription No ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 2 Peer-to-peer file transfer service with pause and resume, supports live data streaming.
MediaFire[53] 10  GB,
+50  GB for referrals up to TB Pro accounts,
100  TB Business accounts
10  GB free,
20  GB paid[54]
paid only[55] None 1 year[56] Yes Yes No[57] Yes  ?  ? 10 Resuming of interrupted downloads possible.
Mega[58] 50  GB free,
Up to TB paid
Only restricted by browser memory capability[59] No[60] 500 MB every 30 minutes free,[61]
12  to 96  TB per month paid.
None No Yes No No Yes[62] Yes 50 Apps for Windows, Mac, IOS, Android, Blackberry, Chrome, Firefox.[63] Supports HTML5 browsers.[64]
OneDrive[65] 15 GB free,
+3 GB free for photo sync mobile app,[66]
+500 MB free for referrals up to 5 GB,
200 GB paid[67][68]
1 TB with paid Office 365 account[68]
10 GB [69] Yes None 270 days of account inactivity[70] No Yes[71]  ? Yes No[72]  ? 15 Fetch files allows remote access of files on Windows with OneDrive installed[73]
25 GB free for grandfathered accounts before April 2012[74])
PlatinumUpload Unlimited 100MB[75] No None 30 days No No No No  ? Yes Unlimited Offers free, short term storage. Uploaded files are encrypted and automatically deleted after 30 days. Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome is recommended.
RapidShare[76]
300  GB Standard Plus,
700 GB Premium[77]
100  GB No Speed limitation was removed for undetermined break (setting by 1100 kbit/s). None for any Rapid users. Up to 300 jobs, 5 at a time Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? 10 Resuming of interrupted downloads only for RapidPro users
Samepage.io GB free,
250 GB + 10 GB per user paid
250 MB free,
5 GB paid
Yes None None  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 5 N/A
SpiderOak[78] 2 GB free,
5 TB paid[79]
 ? Yes[80] None[81] None No Yes[82] No[83] Yes[84] No[85] Yes 2 File synchronization and backup service.
SugarSync[86] Free for 60 days,
60  GB personal paid,
Unlimited  GB professional paid
None Yes 10 GB/file/day free,
250 GB file/day paid
No expiration for paid accounts,
90 days of inactivity for free users
No REST[87]  ? Yes  ? Yes 0 If you hit the limit your links will be disabled for 24 hours. The bandwidth limits only apply to public links.[88]
Suyara 30 TB 5 concurrent files of 20 GB each Yes None None No No  ?  ?  ?  ? 0 N/A
Synaptop 5 GB free,
Unlimited paid
5 GB Yes None None Yes Yes Yes for enterprise No No Yes 5 Access your files from anywhere on any internet enabled device using Synaptop
Sync[89][90] 5 GB free, up to 1 TB paid  ? Yes  ? None Yes No No Unlimited for paid No Yes 5 Still in beta. End-to-end encryption with local keys. Canadian servers.
Tencent Weiyun[91][92] 10  TB
(10240 GB free)[93][94]
4 GB regular upload,
32 GB Power Upload plug-in
Yes None None No No No No  ? No 10240 In English and Chinese
TitanFile 15 GB free space 100  MB free,
GB paid,
GB professional
Yes[95] None None, unless set by user[95] No Yes[96] Yes
For enterprise clients only
Yes[97]  ?  ? 0.1 HIPAA-compliant, group messaging, audit logs, granular security control, embedable on website.
vBoxxCloud[98] 50 GB or more, on-premises unlimited None, configurable Yes None None, configurable File Server Enablement Yes[99] No Yes First upload only No 0 Netherlands or on-premises, free guest sharing, organization dashboard, brandable
Wuala GB free,
TB paid
40  GB Yes None 90 days of inactivity for free users[100] No REST, read-only, no POST verb actions (Wuala REST API) No Yes  ? Yes 0 Uses Social Networking, and has file sharing features similar to Bittorrent.
Web host Storage size Max. file size Direct access Traffic or bandwidth limit File expiration Remote uploading? Developer API? FTP upload possible? File versioning Follows symlinks Client-side encryption Free GB (number only) Misc. notes

Former services[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  80. ^ User must create a ShareRoom from within the desktop app, then copy the link off the download page within the ShareRoom (direct links are not automatically generated)
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  92. ^ Kaylene Hong (2013-08-30). "China's Tencent Is Giving Away 10TB Of Free Cloud Storage". Thenextweb.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12. 
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  100. ^ Wuala Terms

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ For paying users there is usually a direct access possible.
  2. ^ For paying users there is usually no file expiration.

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