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Developer(s) ExpanDrive, Inc
Stable release 5.3.0 (June 2, 2016; 3 months ago (2016-06-02)) [±]
Development status Active
Written in Python[1][2]
Operating system Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
Available in English
Type SFTP/FTP client
License Proprietary
Website http://www.expandrive.com/

ExpanDrive is a distributed file system client for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows that facilitates mapping of local volume to many different types of Cloud Storage. When a server is mounted with ExpanDrive any program can read, write, and manage remote files (that is, files that only exist on the server) as if they were stored locally.[3] This is different from most File Transfer Clients because it is integrated into all applications on the operating system.[4] It also does not require a file to be downloaded to access portions of the content. ExpanDrive is commercial software. A 7-day, unrestricted demo is available for evaluation.

ExpanDrive uses a custom FUSE implementation as its file system implementation layer on the Mac and Windows. ExpanDrive is Python based.[1][2]

Cloud Storage Protocols[edit]


SftpDrive was the original version of ExpanDrive for Microsoft Windows. It was commercial software with a 6-week trial that received good critique online.[5][6]

ExpanDrive 2 was released on June 21, 2011[7] adding support for plain FTP, Amazon S3 and a new ExpanDrive service named Strongspace Online Storage. ExpanDrive2 included a rewritten SFTP engine which lay the groundwork for a unified Mac and Windows code base.

Version 2.4, released in January 2013 was the first version to be released simultaneously for Windows and Mac.[2]

ExpanDrive 3 was released on May 14, 2013 with a new user-interface and support for many more drive types such as Dropbox, OpenStack, Rackspace and WebDAV.[8]

ExpanDrive 4 was released on June 12, 2014 with dramatically faster access. ExpanDrive 4 also added support for Microsoft OneDrive, Copy.com, HP Helion Cloud, Owncloud and hubiC.[9]

Expandrive 5 was released on June 15, 2015 with a near-total rewrite of its core functionality.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jeff Mancuso. "ExpanDrivel » High Leverage Development - The ExpanDrive Blog". Blog.expandrive.com. Retrieved 2011-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b c Jeff Mancuso. "ExpanDrive Blog » ExpanDrive v2.4 released - ExpanDrive Blog". Blog.expandrive.com. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  3. ^ Tech Republic. "Using ExpanDrive to mount remote file systems". www.techrepublic.com. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  4. ^ Mac Apptitude. "How to mount cloud storage in the Mac Finder". www.macapptitude.com. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  5. ^ "systemBash >> Map a drive letter to a SFTP / SSH Server". 31 January 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Software Review: SftpDrive at JDHarper.com". 27 July 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  7. ^ Jeff Mancuso (2011-06-21). "ExpanDrive Blog » ExpanDrive 2 for Windows – FTP and S3, blazing fast SFTP". Blog.expandrive.com. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 
  8. ^ Rui Carmo (2013-05-19). "ExpanDrive 3". http://the.taoofmac.com/. Retrieved 2014-10-28.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ Brett Terpstra (2014-06-18). "ExpanDrive 4, more services and faster sync". www.tuaw.com. Retrieved 2014-10-28. 

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