Can anyone recommend an alternative to Dropbox?

Clive Beaton
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I am using Dropbox to distribute my software because Joomla 3.x no longer allows downloads from my website.  Can anyone recommend an alternative to Dropbox?  My file sizes are just less than 300MB.

Thanks in advance.
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John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

Commented:
Well there are are plenty replacements, like Sync,pcloud,Google Drive,One Drive...the list goes on and on.
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Hi Clive,

To distribute your software use https://github.com/

regards,

Davy
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Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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Commented:
what problem are you trying to solve with a dropbox alternative?
David FavorFractional CTO
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Scott's comment, "what problem are you trying to solve with a dropbox alternative?" was also my first thought.

For example, you can lease an OVH machine with 2TB for <$100 USD/month, so if you have many files to serve, you might go this route.

There are all manner of options.

Knowing the problem you're trying to solve will narrow down services people suggest you consider.
I'm using Idrive https://www.idrive.com/ since 2 years
and I really like it plus you can use your own encryption key
the free version offer 5G and you can have 1T for very low price.

Plus there is several way to share your files.

I highly recommend.
Clive BeatonAccess Developer

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The problem I am trying to solve is:

I want a facility to allow users to download my applications, from a link on my website, that is easy for the user to understand.   I am using Dropbox but it confuses some users into thinking they have to install Dropbox.  I only have 2 files both less than 300K.

Thanks in advance,

Sorry about the slow response, but it seems that I no longer get an email when an expert responds.

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Ramasamy PanchavarnamSenior Technical Architect

Commented:
Hi Clive,

Amazon S3 storage is the right fit for you. You can upload as many files you have and each file will get unique URL with Filename. So you can easily identify the URL's.

You can assign permission on the files too. First year you will get 1GB of S3 storage free with new account.
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With 300M (small files), likely you can just self host these right out of your site's document root.

Check on how much disk space your hosting plan provides for you.
Scott FellDeveloper & EE Moderator
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This is why it is best to make a good problem statement. There is a very easy solution.  Keep your dropbox account as you use it now.  When you want to share your software/link download, on the share menu, you can ask for a shareable link.  If you only use that, the link will bring users to a page that I agree can be confusing if you have not used the page before. There is a download button at the top right.
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If your goal is to provide a link on your site that can be clicked and downloaded as if it were on your server, you just need to append a query string to your url "dl=1".  It will look something like this https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1b2c3d4ef5gh6/example.docx?dl=1 and in html
<a href="https://www.dropbox.com/s/a1b2c3d4ef5gh6/example.docx?dl=1">Download</a>

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Here is the full documentation https://www.dropbox.com/help/desktop-web/force-download

This works for me on the Dropbox Plus + unlimited version history plan.

Google Drive and Microsoft One Drive also offer something similar where you can get a shareable link.
Clive BeatonAccess Developer

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Scott,

I would like to 'provide a link on my site that can be clicked and downloaded as if it were on my server', as you mentioned.  Could you please show me the URL to download a file called MyApp.exe from public_html/downloads,

Thanks in advance.
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

Commented:
Well my proposal might seem a bit off but besides the cloud sharing facility provided by 3rd parties you could also "create" your own.
Just find a cheap Linux VPS (prices start at around $3/mo) ...install the apache Webserver and on the folder that hosts the default index.html you just "drop" the files you want to share....
so (just use one of the FreeDNS services , i use dynu)
http://yourServer.dynu.com/YourFile.rar

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Winscp will "handle" all the uploads/downloads and you will have complete and granular control..(you can go even further and further)
Clive BeatonAccess Developer

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Thank you all.  It was most useful.

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