Over the years we have all come to love and depend on dropbox for its seamless and no-nonsense sync and backup feature. Even now after all these years when there are so many cloud services out there with bigger storages backed by big companies, I would still recommend dropbox as a first choice. Having said that, there are some of us who likes to have more control over our data and services, and there is a very easy and free option out there. Its called owncloud, and it takes less than 5 minutes to install.
The only pre-requisite is that you get your linux-based server. It could be in the form of low-end box or a dedicated server or cloud service like AWS or more user friendly like DigitalOcean that lets you increase your HD space on the go. While there are packages and installation instructions for almost all mainstream linux distro out there, I am going to show you how to do it with Ubuntu server in less than 5 minutes.
Simple install owncloud with apt-get
apt-get install owncloud. You will be prompted to make a mysql password.
your-ip-address/owncloud to configure your owncloud server. You will be asked to create an account and put mysql credentials (just like WordPress).
Intall desktop client for your OS, Windows/Mac/Linux or mobile client for iOS/Android. You can also upload from the web interface.
That’s it, in less than 5 minutes you have your own dropbox-like file sync and storage service, make sure to check out the setting section to customize owncloud to your needs or add new users.