Ubuntu One Is Doomed; Try These 5 Linux-Friendly Alternatives

Danny Stieben 06-05-2014

Ubuntu One, the cloud storage and music service made specifically for Ubuntu users 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 , is shutting down. Here are the best alternatives.


Canonical decided it’s not worth running Ubuntu One anymore, but they’re leaving ample time for users to get their data off of Ubuntu One before it goes offline on June 1. Ssers can download their data until July 31.

In the meantime, it’s important to know what your alternatives are. Here are the top 5 choices for Linux-friendly cloud services that can replace Ubuntu One.


Dropbox is the most obvious choice when it comes to cloud storage. It’s the most reliable, the most well-known, and has the best cross-platform support. The Linux client works exactly the same as the client on all other platforms, so it “just works.”

The only downside to Dropbox is that you only get 2GB of storage for free, but it’s rather easy to get some extra storage by using the affiliate links provided. However, it’s somewhat difficult to reach 5GB, and even harder to get past that.

Additionally, some people may be worried about privacy issues with Dropbox. If you’re one of those people, you can still use Dropbox by following these six steps to secure cloud storage Securing Dropbox: 6 Steps To Take For Safer Cloud Storage Dropbox isn’t the most secure cloud storage service out there. But for those of you who wish to stay with Dropbox the tips here will help you maximize your account’s security. Read More .



If Dropbox’s 2GB of free storage aren’t enough, Copy is the next best competitor. While it’s not nearly as popular as Dropbox, it’s very functional and offers great cross-platform support. Best of all, with Copy you get 15GB of free storage, which is far more than Dropbox offers – and three times as much space than what Ubuntu One offered.

Copy even offers a service which allows you to move your files from other cloud storage services, which includes Box, Google Drive, and Dropbox.

Finally, Copy is also a good choice compared to Dropbox if you’re concerned about your privacy, because Copy is transparent and open with their efforts to protect your data.


Lastly, there’s Bitcasa. The service even offers 20GB of free storage for free accounts, but limits you to only connect three devices to the account. Paid accounts can offer unlimited space.


Bitcasa acts like a storage room. It doesn’t behave quite like Dropbox, because it doesn’t synchronize the files located there with your system, but rather just shows placeholders. The files will then only be downloaded if you want to do something with them. You can also make a file available offline if you know you’ll need it.

Bitcasa does offer a Linux client, but it’s a command-line utility only which you use to mount your Bitcasa drive to a folder on your system. There’s no graphical utility for configuring it, so it maybe not be for everyone.

Why Not Google Drive?

It’s not hard to see that Google Drive is left off of this list – but why?

Although it’s a great cloud storage service that I would like to recommend, I can’t. Google Drive doesn’t have an official Linux client, which makes synchronizing with it virtually impossible.


There is an unofficial sync client available, but you’ll need to pay for it if you want to use it longer than the trial period. So because you can’t easily synchronize with it, I just can’t recommend it until Google comes out with a client for Linux.

Google Music

Ubuntu One wasn’t just about cloud storage — it had a music store too. There are two top alternatives that can replace Ubuntu One’s music store.

The first choice is Google Music. Not only is it easy to buy music from an outstanding collection, but you can also use the Google Music Manager for Linux to upload your collection to the cloud and download the music you’ve purchased. It’s simple to use, and works well on all platforms The Best Music Player on Android: Google Play Music Reviewed Google Play Music is a music streaming service, a local music player, and a podcast player all mashed into one. And it's great. Read More .

Amazon Music

Alternatively, you can buy music from Amazon. While you won’t get the benefits of buying the music and having a client automatically download it for you, you’ll still get the music you want from a great collection. You also won’t have to worry about the DRM and other issues that make life hard for Linux users.



While it’s sad that Ubuntu One is going away, it’s far from the end of the world. You have plenty of great choices that work well on Linux, so what more could you ask for?

What other lesser-known alternatives can you recommend? Do you have any concerns with the ones we listed? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. RedHat
    May 19, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I have a account, and use it to send files to friends. It's great! I'm not really the kind of person who does online backups, but if you are planning to do so make sure to read the fine print. Many Cloud services use the same policy that old fashion file hosting companies use, which often means they reserve the right (on free accounts) to remove files that haven't been accessed in x number of days. being an example of this, unless they've since changed their policy.

  2. david sharp
    May 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    insync works perfectly with google drive on linux. also offers a headless version for servers, its not free but its well worth the cost.

  3. Dick
    May 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

    You might check out ADrive ( They offer 50GB free, and of course there are paid plans. Compatible with Windows, Mac and UNIX, so maybe it'll work with Linux.

  4. David R
    May 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Sugarsync - went into paid mode only, but is a good choice to belong in the pool.
    Other than that, Linux (+Win+OSX) support is a must for me... dropbox does best so far; I also depend on box and copy.
    Use a workaround (WebDAV) to get box mounted under Linux, seems to work OK. But the ease of Dropbox doing the same wins...

  5. simon
    May 7, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I find Spideroak really good.

  6. Penguin
    May 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    I would put owncloud on this list especially since you are talking Linux. It may not be as good as other cloud storage but it is on you own server so you control your data and it is not that hard to setup. It is also cross platform and the client is quite good and also has a WebDav interface. I put this on my raspberry pi and it has been running non stop for 4 months with no problems. Ya, it is a tad slow but it is so cool that a $35 mini computer can run this software so well and it doesn't effect your electric bill.

    If you don't mind getting in their and learning something and coming away a smarter person because you used Linux then this is a great place to start. Windows user may not want to go this route since #JONES says just use windows and you don't have to learn anything:( sad...

  7. Mary Brady
    May 7, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    My dog recently choked on a poker chip, so your circular lifeboat graphics are offensive. :-) Seriously, great post.

  8. Kate
    May 7, 2014 at 6:05 am

    Your leading graphic isn't a great choice considering the recent and ongoing tragedy in South Korea.

    • Jeff
      May 8, 2014 at 6:56 am

      I also thought so the moment I saw the picture.

    • Timohy Chen Allen
      May 8, 2014 at 1:13 pm

      Yes, please change the photo; I'm sure you had no intention of being offensive, but now is not a good time for that image. At a minimum, it detracts from the message you are trying to convey.

    • Azamat E
      May 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks for the heads up. It's all about timing, just a coincidence. Changed the image.

  9. jones
    May 6, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    Or just get Windows and end your misery. No having to hunt for support on anything.

    • techno
      May 7, 2014 at 3:34 pm

      How would getting Windows end the misery? Viruses that even virus scan software doesn't stop, no real package management utilities, no real ability to customize. For someone who values what linux has to offer Windows *is* misery. I'm not saying that people shouldn't use Windows if that's what they want, but there's no reason to say not to use Linux because it doesn't sync with Google Drive. There are countless other options not listed in this article.

    • techno
      May 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      SpiderOak, Tresorit, Owncloud, Bittorrent-Sync, Syncthing... and that's just off the top of my head. The linux crowd does not want for ways to back up their files and play them. I'd say that the loss of Ubuntu One will go quietly into the night.

      I do happen to agree that the current header image may play a little to close to the sensitivities of those grieving right now, and you might want to consider a change.

  10. Mike
    May 6, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Another option for Google Drive is to use google-drive-ocamlfuse. It's not a true sync, as it doesn't actually copy anything to your local drive, but it lets you access Google Drive as if it were a normal network drive on your system. You could probably set up some sort of rsync-type setup to automatically copy any changes made to Google Drive into another folder. So while it's not ideal for syncing locally, it works tremendously well overall.

  11. Zack McCauley
    May 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Client? Well ya you need one, but last I checked you can just open a browser, and literally drag and drop files into your drive.

    Open Drive and drag into from computer.

    I still would love to see someone come out with a google drive client to make this easier.

  12. Esteban
    May 6, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    How about:

    It's a cross platform cloud storage