3 Ways to Access And Use Cloud Storage (SkyDrive etc.) In Linux

Danny Stieben 29-10-2013

Personal cloud storage has become so useful as you never have to worry where your stuff is: it’s easily accessible, and it’s always up-to-date. On Linux you can access your personal cloud storage in multiple ways. This is great, because you can use whatever method works the best – even if you’re a terminal junkie!


Use The Official Client

Getting the obvious out of the way, you can access your various personal cloud storage via their respective official applications. Currently, services such as SpiderOakDropbox, Ubuntu One, which is an unknown but worthy cloud storage contender Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage Just a little over a week ago, a lot of news was made in the world of personal cloud storage, where Dropbox added more sharing features, SkyDrive introduced their new synchronization application for desktops, and... Read More , and Copy, a Dropbox alternative with more storage Copy: A DropBox Alternative With More Storage [Mac, Linux, Windows, iOS, & Android] Read More , offer official Linux clients which can facilitate communications between your computer and their servers, as well as set up special features such as selective synchronization.

For any regular ol’ desktop user, using the official clients is the best way to go as they offer the most functionality and the highest level of compatibility. Getting these to work is as simple as downloading the respective package for your distribution, installing it, and running it for the first time. The client should guide you through the easy setup process.

Dropbox: Use A Command Line Script

If you’re a Dropbox user, you can also access your cloud storage via the terminal command line. This method is especially useful for power user terminal junkies, as they can their own scripts that can make use of the commands offered by the Dropbox script in order to perform automated tasks. To install it, you’ll need to run these commands (for Debian, Ubuntu, or their derivatives – other distributions should use equivalent commands instead):


  • sudo apt-get install curl
  • curl "" -o /tmp/
  • sudo install /tmp/ /usr/local/bin/dropbox_uploader
  • dropbox_uploader




When you run that last command, the script will notice that it’s your first time running the script. It’ll tell you to visit a certain Dropbox website to allow the script access to your account. It’ll also give you all the information you need to put into the website, which will allow Dropbox to return an App Key, App Secret, and Access Level that you give to the script. Now the script will have the correct authorization to your Dropbox account.

Once that is completed, you can use the script to perform various tasks such as upload, download, delete, move, copy, mkdir, list, share, info, and unlink. For full syntax explanations, you can check out this page.

Storage Made Easy Brings SkyDrive To Linux

Microsoft, unsurprisingly, does not offer an official SkyDrive client for Linux. That doesn’t mean you can’t access that cloud service, however: the web version works fine.


But if you want to consolidate multiple personal clouds, or you would like easy (and sane) access to your SkyDrive account from Linux, you can also try out Storage Made Easy. This third party service consolidates its own storage offerings with up to three other personal cloud services. Even better: it offers an official client for Linux, and SkyDrive is one of the supported external cloud services!

In order to get Storage Made Simple to work, you’ll first need to create an account with them. Once you do, you have to go into the Dashboard and choose “Add a Cloud Provider”. Here you can choose the SkyDrive API and log in with those credentials. When you’ve added the credentials, you’ll need to hit the authorize button to create the authorization necessary. Then, download the client for Linux and install it.

Upon first launch, it’ll ask you to log in, as well as where you’d like to mount the cloud to. After you’ve done all this, you should be able to navigate to the folder you’ve chosen and you should be able to access your Storage Made Easy space as well as your SkyDrive space! While this method is great for getting SkyDrive to work on Linux, it’s also great for all other services to simply combine them into a single location. The downside to this method is that you won’t be able to use the special features found in the official clients for each service.

Since it’s now possible to access SkyDrive from your Linux desktop, you may want to read my comparison between SkyDrive and Google Drive OneDrive vs Google Drive - Which Is Best for Office Productivity? As the push towards web apps has evolved, we're now met with two powerful cloud solutions -- SkyDrive and Google Drive. These two options offer all the tools needed for file synchronization and office productivity.... Read More  to figure out what works best for you.



As you can see, there is more than one way to access your personal cloud storage. Of course, if you feel like your current setup is best for you, then there’s no reason to change. However, as an example, if you’ve always been a lover of the terminal and have wanted a way to interact with your Dropbox account using the terminal, you can do so! The beauty is that you can choose what works best for you. Also, keep your mind open – while I’ve highlighted certain tools and examples, there may be other tools for other cloud services in the future which can make you more flexible.

What’s your favorite way of accessing your personal cloud storage? What would be your most ideal solution? Let us know in the comments!

Related topics: Cloud Storage, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, Ubuntu.

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  1. Gwyneth
    October 30, 2013 at 6:53 am

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  2. Scott H
    October 29, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    i need sky dive on ubuntu

  3. Markus
    October 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    I didnt know people still use Linux as a desktop os.

    • Paul Wilson
      October 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Wow, someone is really out of touch with technology....jk!

      Ubuntu and LinuxMint are almost perfect out of the box! Adding on stuff you like and basic things you use everyday is what its about. But think about it....when you get a Windows box, dont you tweak it to how you want it and add the software and things you like and use everyday?

      There is no ONE perfect OS, just one that fits you. But let me ask you if all you ever ate was peanut would you know what anything else tasted like? Right....


    • Rudi Pittman
      October 31, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      I didn't know people could be that uninformed.

  4. Djordje D
    October 29, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    One word - Joliecloud (or Joliedrive)

    Access almost all services and manage files inside them and more than just that. Totally free, available as an Ubuntu based OS (JolieOS) or as a web service that works as reliable as a desktop app. I love it!

    • Richard B
      October 30, 2013 at 12:45 am

      JoliCloud is awesome. I have it as one of my pinned tabs!

    • Danny S
      October 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      I remember checking out Joli OS way back. I thought the project was mainly an open source Chrome OS replacement, but not a cloud solution too! Very interesting!