Most people assume that Linux is not a well-serviced platform when it comes to cloud backup services. While there is some truth to this idea, in reality, Linux has a pretty decent range of suitable backup services at its disposal. And we’ve gathered the top five here today, for a quick summary and introduction — don’t forget to check out our full reviews of each service!
Remember the time when Linux was only meant for super intelligent geeks? Everybody had heard about the operating system, but they had also heard it is hard to handle. And that was true, once upon a time. Every module or hardware drive that you wanted was compiled manually. But, a lot has changed in a decade.
That makes it one of the most important operating systems in the world. Linux is the unseen backbone of the telecom industry and Internet. It’s safe to say that Linux users have received the stick’s short end, since most backup methods required users to setup an FTP connection. But that was a few years ago, and things are changing quickly. Now, there are several cloud backup services available for Linux users that are both affordable and accessible.
How This Article is Setup
Before we dive into the top five best cloud backup options for Linux, let’s first take a few moments to explain how this article is setup. This article is not a review of each service, but clicking the “Read review” button under every provider will take you to a full review of the respective service, which I strongly recommend reading.
So, what is this article then, if not a review?
Well, what we have here is a quick summary about each online backup service, what we liked about them and a list of pros and cons. So, what we’re dealing with here is a bunch of introductions and quick summaries of the top five best online backup services for Linux. With full reviews attached. Now, with that explanation out of the way, the show must go on!
CrashPlan offers unlimited storage space with no file type limits; data streaming from an online portal, and file archiving, all on top of good security. To install CrashPlan on Linux, you have to run the installation shell script. In case your system doesn’t have Java already, the desktop app will automatically install Java’s Runtime Environment. Once the installation is done, just open Terminal and give commands according to the version of CrashPlan you want to use.
CrashPlan provides a sufficiently detailed description of the process of installing its client on Linux. The basic plan allows backing up from a single machine only, if you want to backup from more than one machine, then it’s time to upgrade to a higher plan. While CrashPlan is ideal for Linux users without many privacy concerns, there are a few shortcomings that need fine-tuning by the company.
First is, of course, the fact that there is no .deb file or GUI installer, which is why you have to fire up Terminal every time CrashPlan needs an installation. Also, once installed, no entry is created in the Gnome menu. Instead, the shortcut appears on a user’s desktop.
Why We Like CrashPlan:
With the wide array of features CrashPlan provides, along with fixed affordable rates and unlimited storage, there is no doubt that it’s one of the best cloud backup services around. Some of the features include:
- Backup scheduling
- Incremental backups
- Continuous backups
- Bandwidth throttling
- Excluded file extensions
- Unlimited file versioning
The Linux desktop app also has all the features provided in the Windows and Mac versions.
- Unlimited storage space
- Backup scheduling
- Incremental & continuous backup
- Terminal based installation
- No Gnome menu entry
- Lacks sharing/syncing
AltDrive is an easy-to-use data backup and archiving service, which lacks a few customization options.
The content below refers to a defunct version of AltDrive. Unfortunately, they’ve gone out of business completely, leaving their customers in the rain. We cannot recommend using AltDrive at this point in time. Please check our cloud storage comparison chart for alternatives.
AltDrive is my second cloud backup service for Linux, which provides unlimited storage space. During installation, you can also select the folders that need to be backed up, and the backup schedule that needs to be followed. But after that, there is no graphical user interface, the application runs as a daemon in the background. AltDrive is a highly robust cloud backup service. Once the user has selected what to backup, the service runs in the background, without interrupting the user in any way. Restoration is easy as well, you can either select individual files or the complete backup. I know what you are wondering right now – that’s all okay, but what about security? Well, AltDrive uses both SSL encryption and 256-bit AES encryption.
Why We Like AltDrive: Because AltDrive is a clean, simple and a robust solution, installation is easy. And AltDrive comes equipped with a GUI. It might not have a standard GUI, but for someone who has worked on Linux for some time, this might not even be an issue.
Unlimited storage Affordable plans Easy installation on Linux Incremental backup
In the background-only-service Maybe difficult for Linux noobs File versioning is limited to 60 No file syncing or sharing
pCloud is a good alternative on Linux for Dropbox, though it’s lacking a few collaboration features. I should let you know that pCloud is exclusively for Ubuntu users, in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. If you are using any other Linux based operating system, then unfortunately you’ll have to look for alternatives.
But if you are an Ubuntu user, then pCloud is a serious competitor. The service gives every user 10GB free for signing up, which is more than enough to get started. More storage is always available via paid plans. The interface is exactly similar to its Windows and Mac counterparts.
pCloud has file sharing and syncing as well, which makes it easier to access and edit files while you are on the go. On the security side, there is both server-side and local-side encryption, but setting up personal encryption requires a subscription to the Crypto plan.
Why We Like pCloud:
Unlike the other services listed here, installing pCloud is incredibly easy. All you have to do is download and install, and there are no terminal commands involved. With both cloud backup and file syncing, pCloud is a great solution for Ubuntu users. Especially with the 10GB free, and instant installation, there is no reason why you shouldn’t try it out.
- Free 10GB storage
- File syncing
- File sharing
- Limited to Ubuntu users
- Paid plans are kinda expensive
- Private encryption isn’t standard
SpiderOak ONE is a great option for privacy oriented users, good syncing and backups speeds — has a decent yet convoluted feature set. You can directly install the binary and start working on SpiderOak. There are some minimum requirements to run SpiderOak on Linux, which should be checked first.
Firstly, the Glibc should be 2.9 or higher, and also the libc6 should be greater than or equal to 2.11. After signing up, you will get 2GB of free storage space, but that is only for 60 days so that you can try out the service. SpiderOak can backup unlimited machines, but the service is known for its strong security. It has a zero-knowledge policy, which means even the company doesn’t know what you’re backing up.
There is file syncing and sharing as well. The only thing that I miss in SpiderOak is better usability. The interface could be better. Also, since the cloud backup service takes security so seriously, there is no web app access to data.
Why We Like SpiderOak ONE:
SpiderOak supports a wide variety of Linux operating systems so that none of the users feel left out. SpiderOak provides binaries for:
With private encryption and a zero-knowledge policy, this is perfect for people who have always been a little skeptical about backing up their data to the cloud.
- Supports many Linux distros
- Zero-knowledge policy
- Private encryption
- Lacks a web app
- Interface lacks user friendliness
- High prices
WebDAV and FTP access come alongside an abysmal user interface — unfortunately, ADrive lacks encrypted storage. Until last year, ADrive was providing free 50GB of storage data. But now the service has transformed into a completely premium cloud backup service.There still is 50GB of free storage, but only as a trial for 60 days. Though, I have to mention that subscription plans are still very affordable.
The interface is very easy-to-use and once the full backup has been done, ADrive performs incremental backups for any file that has been modified. File syncing is available through two different modes – Basic and Advanced. The basic mode combines file syncing and backup. Files do get synced with all devices, but a copy of a file is always saved on the ADrive server, even if it’s deleted from a device.
Advanced mode works exactly like file syncing, so if a file is deleted from one device, its deleted everywhere.
Why We Like ADrive:
ADrive does not have a dedicated desktop app for Linux. But ADrive has WebDAV, SFTP and FTP, which can be used by Linux users, to connect ADrive to their system and backup their data. ADrive might be a bit difficult to install, but its desktop app’s easy usability more than makes up for it. Also, plans are very affordable, when you take into consideration the service has file syncing and backup.
- Easy-to-use interface
- File syncing/sharing
- Separate cloud backup/file syncing
- Installation FTP
- No free storage space
- No private encryption
Even if you’re using an efficient operating system like Linux, disasters can still occur. Therefore, it is essential to keep an off-site backup. Each cloud backup for Linux service has its set of advantages and disadvantages.
Some might be easy to install, but others might be easy to handle and affordable, hence, it all depends on your requirements and needs. Just don’t forget to read our full reviews, and feel free to comment below.