Comparison of file hosting services

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This is a comparison of active 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.

File hosting services[edit]

  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
Amazon Drive[2] 5 GB 3 mo. free trial,
unlimited GB paid
2 GB upload via Web, 10 GB download Yes Amazon S3 limits 90 days after subscription expires, data is deleted. No Yes  ? No  ?  ? 5 N/A
Amazon S3[3] 5 GB 12-month free trial with credit-card,
paid bandwidth,
Unlimited paid
5 GB 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] 5 GB free,
Up to 5 TB paid
500 MB free,
1–2 GB paid
No[5] 500 MB per 30 min free,
1 to 8 TB per month paid[6][7]
? No No  ?  ?  ?  ? 5 N/A
Baidu Cloud 2 TB (6 GB) free[8] 20 GB Windows paid,
4 GB Mac & free
Yes None None Yes Yes No No No  ? 6 Currently in Chinese only
Box[9][10] free trial,
100 GB paid (Starter),
Unlimited Business,
Unlimited Enterprise[11]
250 MB free Personal,
5 GB paid Personal,
2 GB Business,
15 GB Enterprise[11]
Paid account types only[12] 10 GB/month free,
2 TB/month paid[13]
None[citation needed] 30 MB per file via IFTTT[14] Yes[15] Business and Enterprise customers only[16] Depends (premium)[17]  ?  ? 10 Does not sync Mac files such as iWork (Keynote etc.). Does not support Linux OS.
50 GB free with Sony Xperia or HP Spectre 13
CloudMe[18] 3 GB free,
+500 MB for referrals up to 16 GB,
500 GB paid[19]
150 MB free,
Unlimited premium
No[20] None None No REST, SOAP, WebDAV[21]  ? Neutral (60 days)[22]  ?  ? 3 Primarily focused on media files, synchronization and backup with web sharing.
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
Dropbox[23] 2 GB free,
+500 MB for referrals up to 18 GB,
1TB Pro account,
Up to Unlimited on Business[24]
10 GB,
Unlimited using
client application
Pro account or "register before 2012/07/31" or "register after 2012/07/31, but active public folder function manually before Dropbox Inc. close it" only 20 GB/day free (links only),
200 GB/day paid (links only)[25]
12 month No Yes No[26] 30 days free
Unlimited paid
Yes No 2 Synchronization, backup and websharing. Does support Linux OS
25 GB free with HTC Sense 4 & 5,
100 GB free with Samsung device
FileDropper 5 GB to 250 GB paid 5 GB  ?  ? 30 days after last download free,
Never paid
 ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 0 N/A
Fileserve 500 GB free,
Unlimited paid
1 GB free,
2 GB paid
No None 60 days after last download free,
Never paid
No  ? No Yes  ?  ? 500 N/A
Google Drive[27][28] 15 GB free,[29]
100 GB to 30 TB paid[30][31]
TB[32] Yes[33] None[citation needed] None[citation needed] No OAuth2 No Yes[34] No No 15 Additional space for limited time period with some devices and services.[35][36][37][38]
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.
IBM Connections 5 GB,
additional space paid
2 GB Yes None None No CMIS, REST, Atom (standard) and OAuth2 No Yes  ?  ? 5 Subscription costs US$6/year[39]
Apple iCloud[40] 5 GB free,
50 GB to 2 TB paid
15 GB Yes 200/400/600 GB per month None No WebDAV  ? Partly  ?  ? 20 25 GB for previous MobileMe account subscriptions[41]
Infinit[42][43] 1 GB free, Unknown paid TB Yes Amazon S3 limits None No No No No Yes Yes 1 Unlimited and encrypted peer to peer file sharing application with pause and resume.
Jumpshare 2 GB free, 1 TB paid 250 MB free, Unlimited paid Yes 5GB per month free, Unlimited on paid plan None Yes ? ? ? ? No 2 Real-time file sharing with built-in utilities for screenshots, screencasts, notes, and voice clips.
MagicVortex 30 MB free,
2 to 50 GB paid
2 GB paid Yes None 7 or 14 days based on subscription No ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 2 Not a file hosting site - Peer-to-peer file transfer service with pause and resume, supports live data streaming.
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
MediaFire[44] 10 GB,
+50 GB for referrals up to 1 TB Pro accounts,
100 TB Business accounts
10 GB free,
20 GB paid[45]
Yes None 1 year account inactivity[46] Yes Yes No[47] Yes  ? Yes 10 Resuming of interrupted downloads possible.
Mega[48] 50 GB free,
Up to 4 TB paid
Available cloud drive space[49] No[50] 10 GB free,
Up to 96 TB per month paid.[7]
3 months account inactivity/failure to reply to email[51] No Yes No No  ? Yes 50 Apps for Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Chrome, Firefox, Safari[52] Supports HTML5 browsers.[53]
OneDrive[54] 5 GB free (since 31/01/2016, previously 15 GB[55]),[56]
+500 MB free for referrals up to 5 GB,
200 GB paid[57]


1 TB with paid Office 365 account.[58]
For Business, Limited to maximum of 20,000 files.

10 GB[59] No None 5 years of account inactivity[60] Yes Yes[61]  ? Yes (Office files only) No[62]  ? 5 Fetch files allows remote access of files on Windows with OneDrive installed[63]
25 GB free for grandfathered accounts before April 2012[64]
* Currently requires user to request "unlimited" storage (10TB, able to be increased upon request), otherwise 1TB for Office 365 subscribers.
Pogoplug Unlimited paid None Yes Bandwidth throttled after 1 TB uploaded[65] 30 days after subscription expires, data is deleted. No No No  ?  ?  ? 0 N/A
SpiderOak[66] 2 GB free,
100 GB paid increments[67]
 ? Yes[68] None[69] None No Yes[70] No[71] Yes[72] No[73] Yes 2 File synchronization and backup service.
SugarSync[74] 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[75]  ? Yes  ? Yes 0 If you hit the limit your links will be disabled for 24 hours. The bandwidth limits only apply to public links.[76]
Tencent Weiyun[77][78] 10 TB
(1024 GB free)[79][80]
1 GB regular upload,
32 GB Power Upload plug-in
Yes None 45 days account inactivity No No No No  ? No 1024 In English and Chinese
TitanFile No free space, unlimited paid 100 MB free,
1 GB paid,
4 GB professional
Yes[81] None None, unless set by user[81] No Yes[82] Yes
For enterprise clients only
Yes[83]  ?  ? 0 HIPAA-compliant, group messaging, audit logs, granular security control, embedable on website.
Tresorit[84] 3 GB free,
100-1000 GB paid plans[85]
2 GB Yes None None No No No Yes[86]
for paid plans
No Yes[87] 3 Files stored in Tresorit are encrypted using the most advanced encryption methods. No one, not even Tresorit administrators hold the users' decryption keys.
XXL Box[88] 2 GB free,

Pro Accounts from 300GB and up,
Up to Unlimited on Business

No limitation

Unlimited using
client application

Yes None None Yes No No Yes No Yes 2 Synchronization, backup and file-sharing. 10 GB free with Android and iOS Device
Yandex Disk up to 20 GB free (10 GB when registering),
unlimited paid
2 GB upload via Web or WebDAV,
10 GB upload via application
Yes 200% of storage size per day None[citation needed] No YesREST, WebDAV, SDK[89] No No  ? No 20 English, Russian, Ukrainian and Turkish interfaces. Service is tightly integrated with other Yandex services. Native apps for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android. Client-side encryption is available with 3rd party open source clients.
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

Former services[edit]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

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

References[edit]

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  45. ^ Plan Comparison
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  51. ^ Under Suspension and Termination
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  90. ^ Barracuda Closes Copy.com, CudaDrive Services, May Be Looking To Sell Itself

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