Best Online Backup for Linux 2017

Linux users often have to search far and wide to find a service which can backup their files.

CrashPlan and AltDrive strive to give Linux users as much support, as they do to Mac and Windows platforms, they don’t necessarily always succeed though.

But it’s literally better than nothing. Our three remaining options:

Each strove to offer something unique, did they succeed? Let’s find out.

Best Online Backup Services for Linux

When it comes to online backup, Linux is the most overlooked system.

However, some service providers (like our five), do their best to include this surprisingly popular operating system.

Most backup companies simply don’t invest the time, to create a stable program for Linux users.

Which makes finding an online backup service for the OS rather difficult.

For all the Linux users out there, who understand how important it is to backup their files, we’ve created a list of best online backup services for Linux users.

Best Online Backup for Linux 2017

Linux users love the stability of their platform, add to that security, the free aspect and you’ll find a loyal following.

However, even though Linux is often considered one of the more stable and secure operating systems on the market, that doesn’t mean users should simply leave their files to the fickle hands of fate.

While the software might not implode on you, like Windows can, hardware always crashes — usually resulting in the loss of everything.

Linux is a great operating system that offers:

  • Stability
  • Security
  • Regular updates

However, we know that computers are computers, hard drives can crash, especially those in continuous use.

Having a backup of all necessary files is important, for when the inevitable does happen.

Online backup services for Linux are not as plentiful, like they are for Windows or Mac users, but they do exist.

Before going on further, please note this article is not a full review of each service, rather, what we’re providing here is a simple overview.

For our in-depth reviews of each service, simply click the “Read review” button.

1. CrashPlan

While CrashPlan does have a free service plan, this option does not include online backup. CrashPlan offers Linux users unlimited space to save all their files.


CrashPlan offers a 15 day free trial, however, you must transition to a paid account (after the 15 days are over) to continue backing up files on CrashPlan.

If you wish to use their software to transfer files to an NAS device, or other local system, it’s not a problem at all.

Subscription holders get other benefits as well.

In addition to online backup, users can retain unlimited versions of their files, they can also retain deleted files for up to 30 days.

Sadly, while CrashPlan does offer personalized encryption keys, this is not an option available to Linux users, at this time.

CrashPlan keeps files safe by using 128-bit encryption, during transit and 448-bit encryption, once the files are safely stored on their servers.

Why We Like it

Unlike other services, CrashPlan is a true unlimited online backup service, available to Linux users.

There is no limit to size or file type.

All files are automatically backed up.

Simply setup your backup schedule and walk away.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at

2. AltDrive

AltDrive is a customizable, unlimited, Linux backup service. Users will enjoy the ability to set their own backup schedules, with ease, while maintaining all their files on the system.

Despite its easy-to-use moniker, AltDrive does have advanced features, designed to ensure experienced users are happy too.

Users can also select between a single system or every system on the network.

You can view backup sets online, after the scheduled backup is completed. Of course, anything that is currently backing up, will not enter into the online system.

It can be a little frustrating, if you want to see what has been completed, and hasn’t been completed.

As this service does not populate in real time, you must wait for the entire set to complete, before viewing.

Of course, as with all services, the initial backup can take several hours, days or even weeks depending on how much data you have.

Limiting the backup to a set window of time, can make the process take days.

Once the initial backup is complete, continuous backups will only take a short time because AltDrive will only back up the changed portions of a file. 

Why We Like it

AltDrive is a service geared towards casual users, you don’t need to be  technically literate to use it.

Customizing the backup schedule with AltDrive is very easy.

Users can choose to backup immediately, during a specific time window, or even continuously.

With the software running every one to two hours.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at

3. SpiderOak

Most Linux users operate on security, SpiderOak understands that, and takes privacy to a completely new level. This service is one of the few zero-knowledge privacy proponents out there.

Users who worry constantly about the privacy of their files, SpiderOak was designed for you.

All of their plans, even the free one, have zero knowledge security in place.

For the average user, that simply means that no matter what, no one can access your information without permission.

Even the technicians who work for SpiderOak, cannot go into your account. You create the encryption keys, which are then saved on your system.

A con to having full control? Spidey can’t help recover your information, should you forget the encryption key.

Just because they have awesome security, doesn’t mean that you’re limited to just saving files.

While files cannot be opened or edited, via the web browser, you can share them with others using share rooms.

Users who want to listen to music or view videos, on-the-go, are not going to be happy to hear that files must be downloaded to open.

Why We Like it

SpiderOak is best known for being completely safe and secure, it’s one of the things we love most about the service.

This service doesn’t just offer personalized encryption keys, to their users, they insist upon it.

The company operates on a zero-knowledge platform, which keeps them and anyone else, from being able to access files.

SpiderOak’s zero-knowledge platform works by never retaining passwords on their servers.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at

4. ADrive

ADrive offers easy storage for those who want on-the-go file access, users can open and edit any document securely, then share them with co-workers, family or friends.

For most users, online backup means setting up the backup and not messing with it again, until something needs restoration.

ADrive backs up files and folders, while giving you the option to share, edit, and collaborate on them.

Unlike other services, you have to either use the web portal to load files, or a file transfer protocol to complete tasks.

However, there is a limitation, files cannot be larger than 16GB.

ADrive does not have a free service, thanks mainly to their exceptionally long free trial time, paid plans start at 100GB.

For $25 a year, the offering is affordable to Linux users interested in saving files online.

Why We Like it

ADrive is an online backup solution that acts more like a cloud storage service.

Users can backup their hard drive and then access files within, from anywhere, at any time.

This freedom allows you to modify files on the go, while ensuring other items in the computer are always safe.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at

5. pCloud

pCloud is an affordable zero-knowledge service that works well with 32-bit and 64-bit Ubuntu. Users can save files directly to the cloud, or download the desktop app, to make transferring files easier.

PCloud is an affordable option that prides itself on being completely secure.

No software is required to use it, simply log in into the online account to load, access and share files.

PCloud offers a 60 day free trial of their service.

However, those using the free trial, will notice that storage space is limited to 10GB. You can earn an additional 20GB of space, by adding various accounts to it.

Users who have multiple social media accounts and cloud providers, can add their links to gain more space. Once the free trial is over, and you are charged the first month’s fee, the additional space will be available.

During the free trial, however, all premium features are accessible.

One annoying thing  about pCloud, is the pre-loading of files onto your web account.

They place these files in the account,  so you can see what can be saved to their service.

Unfortunately, pre-loaded files do eat up precious space, you can easily delete them to make room for your files.

Why We Like it

pCloud offers the same zero-knowledge service that SpiderOak does, so users can share and collaborate on files, while maintaining complete privacy. However, pCloud crypto for zero-knowledge privacy needs to be purchased in addition to the monthly free paid for storage.

pCloud is one of the few providers  willing to put their cryptography to the test.

Currently, the bounty offered by PCloud is at $100,000. Over 2,800 participants from all around the world have tried to crack their system.

None have been able to break in and claim their prize.

Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at
By Mauricio Prinzlau – Cloud Storage Expert at

In Summary…

When it comes to operating systems, there is a lot of debate as to which one is best.

Windows users love the ability to play any game, even if it is at the cost of an unstable service.

Mac users love its ease and stability, but the price often keeps an average consumer from buying one, they actually tend to try out Linux instead.

For Linux users, online backup services are few in number.

CrashPlan and AltDrive offered the best features and greatest amount of storage space, and they’re fairly priced.

With that said, keep in mind what our three remaining competitors, have to offer:

SpiderOak offers great security

offers very cheap prices

pCloud also offers a great base of security and the ability to use it as a drive so file don’t take up hard disk space.

So, our advice is to try out either the free plan, or free trial period, and judge it service on its merits and your needs.

After that, let us know in the comments section below, which one piqued your interest.


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