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 checksum Membership required?
Amazon Cloud Drive[2] 5 GB free,
unlimited GB paid
2 GB upload via Web, 10 GB download Yes Amazon S3 limits None No Yes  ? No  ?  ? 5 N/A
Amazon S3[3] 5 GB 12-month free trial with credit-card,
paid bandwidth,
Unlimited paid
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] GB free,
Up to 5 TB 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 (6 GB) free[8] 20 GB Windows paid,
4 GB Mac & free
Yes None None Yes Yes No No No  ? 2048 Currently in Chinese only
Bitcasa 5-20 GB free, 1TB and 10TB Paid Plans None through desktop client.[9] Yes None None Yes Yes No Yes No  ? 5 -
Box[10][11] free trial,
100 GB paid (Starter),
Unlimited Business,
Unlimited Enterprise[12]
250 MB free Personal,
GB paid Personal,
2 GB Business,
5 GB Enterprise[12]
Paid account types only[13] 10 GB/month free,
2 TB/month paid[14]
None[15] No Yes[16] Business and Enterprise customers only[17] Depends (premium)[18]  ?  ? 10 Does not sync Mac files such as iWork: Keynote etc.
50 GB free with Sony Xperia or HP Spectre 13
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
GB[25] Yes 40 GB/day free,[26] No expiration for paid accounts,
90 days of inactivity for free users[26]
No  ?  ? Yes Yes Yes 15 Copy uses "Fair Storage for All"[27]
Dropbox[28] 2 GB free,
+500 MB for referrals up to 18 GB,
1TB Pro account,
Up to Unlimited on Business[29]
10 GB,
Unlimited using
client application
Yes 20 GB/day free (links only),
200 GB/day paid (links only)[30]
None No Yes No[31] 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
FileDropper Unlimited GB  ?  ? 30 days after the last time it was downloaded  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 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
Google Drive[32][33] 15 GB free,[34]
100 GB to 30 TB paid[35][36]
TB[37] Yes[38] None[citation needed] None[citation needed] No OAuth2 No Yes[39] No No 15 Additional space for limited time period with some devices and services.[40][41][42][43]
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
GB Yes None None No CMIS, REST, Atom (standard) and OAuth2 No Yes  ?  ? 5 Subscription costs US$6/year[44]
Apple iCloud[45] GB free,
20 GB to TB paid
GB Yes 200/400/600 GB per month None No WebDAV  ?  ?  ?  ? 5 25 GB for previous MobileMe account subscriptions[46]
Infinit[47][48] 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.
MagicVortex 30 MB free,
2 to 50 GB paid
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.
MediaFire[49] 10 GB,
+50 GB for referrals up to TB Pro accounts,
100 TB Business accounts
10 GB free,
20 GB paid[50]
Yes None 1 year account inactivity[51] Yes Yes No[52] Yes  ? Yes 10 Resuming of interrupted downloads possible.
Mega[53] 50 GB free,
Up to TB paid
Available cloud drive space[54] No[55] 10 GB free,
Up to 96 TB per month paid.[7]
2 years account inactivity[56] No Yes No No Yes[57] Yes 50 Apps for Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Chrome, Firefox, Safari[58] Supports HTML5 browsers.[59]
OneDrive[60] 15 GB free,
+15 GB free for photo sync mobile app,[61]
+500 MB free for referrals up to 5 GB,
200 GB paid[62]


Unlimited* with paid Office 365 account. [63]
Limited to maximum of 20,000 files.

10 GB [64] No None 5 years of account inactivity[65] No Yes[66]  ? Yes (Office files only) No[67]  ? 15 Fetch files allows remote access of files on Windows with OneDrive installed[68]
25 GB free for grandfathered accounts before April 2012[69])
* Currently requires user to request "unlimited" storage (10TB, able to be increased upon request), otherwise 1TB for Office 365 subscribers.
pCloud[70] Up to 20 GB Free and up to 1TB Premium None No Unlimitted None Yes Yes[71] No Yes  ? Yes[72] 20 pCloud Drive[73] is an advanced desktop application that uses your space in the cloud as a virtual drive. With pCloud Drive you can access, sync and edit your files on the go without taking up space from your PC.
Pogoplug Unlimited None Yes Bandwidth throttled after 1 TB uploaded[74] None No No No  ?  ?  ? 0
SpiderOak[75] 2 GB free,
100 GB paid increments[76]
 ? Yes[77] None[78] None No Yes[79] No[80] Yes[81] No[82] Yes 2 File synchronization and backup service.
SugarSync[83] 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[84]  ? Yes  ? Yes 0 If you hit the limit your links will be disabled for 24 hours. The bandwidth limits only apply to public links.[85]
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
Tencent Weiyun[86][87] 10 TB
(10240 GB free)[88][89]
4 GB regular upload,
32 GB Power Upload plug-in
Yes None None No No No No  ? No 10240 In English and Chinese
TitanFile No free space, unlimited paid 100 MB free,
GB paid,
GB professional
Yes[90] None None, unless set by user[90] No Yes[91] Yes
For enterprise clients only
Yes[92]  ?  ? 0 HIPAA-compliant, group messaging, audit logs, granular security control, embedable on website.
Tresorit[93] No free space,
100-1000 GB paid plans[94]
2 GB Yes None None No No No Yes[95] No Yes[96] 0 Files stored in Tresorit are encrypted using the most advanced encryption methods. No one, not even Tresorit administrators hold the users' decryption keys.
Wuala 10 GB paid 40 GB Yes None None 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.
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 None None No YesREST, WebDAV, SDK [97] 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 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]

Footnotes[edit]

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

References[edit]

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