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Create your own Dropbox to NAS, Mac, Linux, & more in just 2 painless steps

Added on by Tony Magliulo.

Everyone wants the “Dropbox experience”: Native file browsing, offline access, and full bidirectional sync. Dropbox is a great service, but it is also plain to see that users desperately want to extend that experience to their own storage. A simple Google search for “build your own Dropbox” gives pages upon pages of results. Unfortunately, the steps required to pull this off are often time-consuming, complex, and can ultimately result in a lackluster experience.

odrive makes it simple

So simple, in fact, that your storage is very likely ready to go, right now. The key is SFTP. SFTP stands for SSH File Transfer Protocol. This is significant because if your box supports SSH it supports SFTP, and SSH capable systems are literally everywhere.


odrive now fully supports SFTP linking, giving you the “Dropbox experience” with your own storage…only better. Native file browsing, offline access, full bidirectional sync, conflict handling, granular sync and unsync, multi-link capabilities, and in-line editing are all available through odrive.

Do you have a NAS like Synology, FreeNAS, QNAP, ReadyNAS, Drobo, WD My Cloud, LaCie? Then you are good to go. Linux? Of course. OS X? Yup. Even my little Raspberry Pi? Absolutely. Heck you can even install SSH on Windows with freesshd. odrive will be able to link them all.

2 easy steps to get started

Make sure SSH is enabled on your box. If it is, then the two following steps are all that stands between you and the storage experience you've been waiting for:

1.  Sign up for odrive and install the odrive desktop client.

2.  Select the SFTP link and enter your server info and credentials. odrive supports both password and private key authentication.

To link SFTP to odrive, just click on the odrive icon in your tray menu, select "Add Link".

To link SFTP to odrive, just click on the odrive icon in your tray menu, select "Add Link".

Once you enter in your server info and credentials, you're all set!

Once you enter in your server info and credentials, you're all set!

That's it!

Simple, free, and immensely powerful. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.

- Tony

SFTP, FTP, and WebDAV, evolved

Added on by Tony Magliulo.

Here at odrive we pride ourselves on pushing our technology further, continually coming up with new ways to give you access to all of the files you have scattered across the cloud-o-sphere. Despite our penchant for the bleeding edge, we also recognize that there are some oldies but goldies in the realm of file access. Time-tested and battle-hardened, SFTP, FTP, and WebDAV still have a lot to offer the discerning user and we just made them better than ever.


Our newest release of odrive comes with full SFTP, WebDAV, and FTP linking capabilities. This greatly expands your reach to storage services, applications, and private storage sources. The odrive SFTP integration supports standard authentication as well as private key (including passphrase) authentication. WebDAV supports basic authentication over SSL/TLS, with digest authentication support coming soon. Full FTP and FTPS support rounds out the list, covering all the bases.

Teaching old dogs some new tricks. FTP and WebDAV like you’ve never seen.

Those already familiar with FTP and WebDAV will probably agree that their typical interfaces leave something to be desired. When compared to today’s cloud storage solutions, FTP and WebDAV use can be quite clunky, needing separate, non-native clients instead of allowing direct access in Explorer or Finder. This can lead to cumbersome workflows as you try to interact with your data, especially when editing existing content. User adoption can also be an issue, because of the learning curve involved.


odrive solves these issues by allowing you to interact natively, through standard folders on your desktop. With odrive’s lightweight progressive sync engine driving things, FTP and WebDAV sources are instantly made much more powerful with full bi-directional sync, granular sync and unsync, offline access, in-line editing, and conflict resolution. odrive brings FTP and WebDAV right to the cutting edge.

Sync everything

Adding FTP and WebDAV to odrive significantly broadens the access you have to your data. Here are some examples of what is now easily accessible through these new integrations with odrive:

  • All standard FTP and WebDAV servers (of course)
  • All SSH-enabled systems
  • Home Storage
    • Owncloud
    • Synology
    • ReadyNAS
    • Drobo
    • FreeNAS
    • QNAP
  • Web Hosting
  • Web Commerce
  • Cloud storage
    • ShareFile
    • Livedrive
    • IDriveSync
  • Enterprise services
    • Alfresco
    • Confluence
    • Exavault

With SFTP, FTP, FTPS, and WebDAV joining Dropbox, Facebook, Box, OneDrive, GoogleDrive, Instagram, odrive File Server, OxygenCloud, Gmail, and Salesforce, there is, quite literally, something for everyone with odrive.