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Pydio, formerly known as AjaXplorer, is an open-source file-sharing and synchronisation software that runs on the user's own server[1] or in the cloud.[2]


The project was created by musician Charles Du Jeu[3] (current CEO and CTO) in 2007 under the name AjaXplorer.[4] The name was changed in 2018 and became Pydio (an acronym for Put Your Data in Orbit).[5]

Pydio runs on any server supporting a recent PHP version.[6]

From a technical point of view, Pydio differs from solutions such as Google Drive or Dropbox.[7] Pydio is not based on a public cloud,[8] the software indeed connects to the user's existing storages (SAN / Local FS, SAMBA / CIFS, (s)FTP, NFS, etc...) as well as to the existing user directories (LDAP / AD, SAML, Radius, Shibboleth...),[8] which allows companies to keep their data inside their infrastructure, according to their data security policy[9] and user rights management.[8]

The software is built in a modular perspective; various plugins[10] allow administrators to implement extra-features.[11]

Pydio is available either through a community distribution,[1] or an Enterprise Distribution.[12]


  • File sharing between different internal users and across other Pydio instances[13]
  • SSL/TLS Encryption
  • WebDAV file server
  • Creation of dedicated workspaces, for each line of business / project / client, with a dedicated user rights management for each workspace.[14]
  • File-sharing with external users (private links, public links, password protection, download limitation, etc.)[15]
  • Online viewing and editing of documents with Collabora Office
  • Preview and editing of image files
  • Integrated audio and video reader

Client applications are available for all major desktop and mobile platforms.[16]


  1. ^ a b Thomas Saliou (2016-08-19). "How to Deploy On-Premise File Sharing and Sync with Pydio". ProgrammableWeb. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  2. ^ "Pydio". Amazon Web Marketplace. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ Christophe Lagane (2013-12-13). "Start-up : Pydio, le partage de fichiers qui surfe sur la peur de Prism" [Pydio, file-sharing which surfs on the fear of Prism] (in French). Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  4. ^ "About-Us - Pydio".
  5. ^ van 't Ende, Ben (May 19, 2016). "The future of sharing: integrating Pydio and ownCloud". Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  6. ^ Ben Martin (2008-03-12). "AjaXplorer simplifies browser-based server filesystem interaction". Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  7. ^ Cyrille Chausson (2013-12-04). "Pydio et Red Hat, ensemble pour attaquer le marché français des « Box » d'entreprises" [Pydio and Red Hat come together to attack the French market for enterprise "boxes"] (in French). LeMagIT (TechTarget). Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  8. ^ a b c Maryse Gros (2014-12-03). "Pydio adapte le partage de fichiers à l'entreprise" [Pydio adapts file-sharing for the enterprise] (in French). fr:Le Monde Informatique. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  9. ^ Mikael Ricknäs (2016-06-03). "French startups are taking a more privacy centric approach file sharing". PC World. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  10. ^ "Plugin Architecture". 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  11. ^ "Pydio Plugin List".
  12. ^ Emilien Ercolani (2015-12-09). "Partage de fichiers : Pydio accélère et dévoile une version pour les entreprises" [Pydio speeds up and unveils an enterprise version] (in French). L'Informaticien. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  13. ^ "Pydio Core 6.4.0 - Sharing, UX, Performances". 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  14. ^ Dmitri Popov (2015-03-12). "Pydio-Tutorial" (in German). de:Pro-Linux. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  15. ^ "Pydio, ou le partage sécurisé en ligne" [Pydio, or secure online sharing] (in French). Demat Infos. 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  16. ^ "How To Host a File Sharing Server with Pydio on Ubuntu 14.04". DigitalOcean. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-09-27.

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