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What is Nextcloud?

Nextcloud offers their open source, self-hosted Content Collaboration Platform, combining what they describe as an easy user interface for consumer-grade cloud solutions with the security and compliance measures enterprises need. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data through mobile, desktop…

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What is Nextcloud?

Nextcloud offers their open source, self-hosted Content Collaboration Platform, combining what they describe as an easy user interface for consumer-grade cloud solutions with the security and compliance measures enterprises need. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data…

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File Sharing & Management

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What is Nextcloud?

Nextcloud offers their open source, self-hosted Content Collaboration Platform, combining what they describe as an easy user interface for consumer-grade cloud solutions with the security and compliance measures enterprises need. Nextcloud brings together universal access to data through mobile, desktop and web interfaces with next-generation, on-premise secure communication and collaboration features like real-time document editing, chat and video calls, putting them under direct control of IT and integrated with existing infrastructure. Nextcloud boasts easy and quick deployment, open, modular architecture and an emphasis on security and advanced federation capabilities to enable modern enterprises to leverage existing file storage assets within and across the borders of their organization.

Nextcloud Features

File Sharing & Management Features

  • Supported: Versioning
  • Supported: Document files
  • Supported: Image files
  • Supported: Video files
  • Supported: Audio files
  • Supported: Document collaboration
  • Supported: Shared folders
  • Supported: Access control
  • Supported: File search
  • Supported: Device sync
  • Supported: Web interface
  • Supported: File change notifications
  • Supported: Simultaneous editing

Cloud Storage Security & Administration Features

  • Supported: Single sign-on
  • Supported: Two-step verification
  • Supported: End-user encryption
  • Supported: User and role management
  • Supported: Storage limit management
  • Supported: File organization
  • Supported: Device management
  • Supported: Password-protected files

Cloud Storage Platform Features

  • Supported: Performance
  • Supported: Reliability
  • Supported: Storage Reports
  • Supported: Multi-language

Additional Features

  • Supported: Online document collaboration
  • Supported: Online communication
  • Supported: Groupware

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Screenshot of Nextcloud HubScreenshot of Nextcloud CalendarScreenshot of Nextcloud Talk

Nextcloud Videos

Share and collaborate on documents, send and receive email, manage your calendar and have video chats without data leaks. As fully on-premises solution, Nextcloud Hub provides the benefits of online collaboration without the compliance and security risks.
Nextcloud Talk is the most secure way of communication and collaboration! Calls are encrypted and not even meta-data leaves your server. Easily share documents and work together with others on your server or guests you invited for meetings, webinars or more.
Nextcloud Files is the most secure and private way to share and collaborate on documents. Easy to use, 100% on premises, open source and enterprise ready.
Nextcloud offers Calendar, Mail, Contacts and more, built in. Work together, share documents, plan video chats and more!
With Nextcloud you can easily share, edit and collaborate on Microsoft Office documents on your desktop or mobile device

Nextcloud Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web
Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesGlobal

Frequently Asked Questions

Dropbox, AvePoint Cloud Backup, and ShareFile are common alternatives for Nextcloud.

Reviewers rate Audio files and Document collaboration and Storage Reports highest, with a score of 10.

The most common users of Nextcloud are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Users have praised the Nextcloud iOS Beta for its refreshingly simple and easy-to-navigate UI. This secure platform serves as a versatile solution for remote development and collaboration, making it an excellent tool for individuals and teams alike. With the addition of the new photos app, Nextcloud provides users with their own enterprise collaboration platform at their fingertips. Furthermore, Nextcloud serves as a front-end for external file shares, offering web-based access to files and folders for users outside the office. This feature enables seamless sharing with external parties in a password-protected environment, making it an ideal replacement for team network drives. Additionally, Nextcloud's calendar and scheduling capabilities facilitate efficient collaboration with relevant stakeholders. Users appreciate that Nextcloud serves as a core alternative to various key services, such as files, calendars, address book, kanban boards for agile development, chat functionality, and online file editing/commenting. By addressing the need for privacy and digital sovereignty through server control by the user, Nextcloud offers enhanced data security. Its single software/UI supports multiple activities and is easily accessible on mobile devices. Both sysadmins and end-users find Nextcloud easy to install, maintain, and customize for their specific needs. The granular control over user storage allows for increased security and data privacy. Another notable use case is Nextcloud's ability to foster person-to-person communication within organizations while organically onboarding new individuals, expanding the organization's presence. With its fully-featured PIM solution combined with easy file sharing and synchronization across desktop and mobile clients, Nextcloud helps streamline workflows. The product's capability to exchange files securely with clients and customers is highly valued by users who appreciate the convenience of drag-and-drop file transfer without relying on non-compliant public services. In situations where security restrictions prevent file exchange with external partners using OneDrive or other similar services, Nextcloud emerges as a trustworthy alternative. Finally, small teams benefit from using Nextcloud to manage project files and share them with clients without the need for additional file-sharing services or email, providing a simplified and efficient workflow.

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Erik Uden | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Nextcloud to share files with clients and internally keep track of documents. It was incredibly easy to setup, instructions are very clear to every user, easy to customize for our corporate theme and generally offered much more security, data privacy, cheaper pricing (self hosted, self cost) as well as most importantly: modularity. We could grant a user terabytes of cloud storage if they needed to, give specific users less, etc. All previous NAS could be integrated through quick plug-ins and SMB, additionally the apps for it already being supported on every operating system was helpful. All in all, a 10/10 experience from a security, data privacy and user experience perspective.
  • Fast up/download speeds
  • Self-hosted
  • Free and Open Source
  • Easy to install and setup
  • Easy to use for coworkers and users
  • Client side end-to-end encryption like CryptPad
  • Gallery sync pause on Android/iOS (sometimes I do not want pictures to be synced, there is no option to stop it on iOS or Android, but there is for Desktop)
  • Disable allowing every user to see every other user by default (you need to edit the HTML of the start page of Nextcloud in order to disable a feature that allows you to see every other user registered on that platform, for privacy reasons I find this questionable)
  • Be able to change user-tags, so far you are just able to change usernames, but not your tag. Every Nextcloud user should be given a UUID which represents their Nextcloud tag, this way users can change it more easily.
  • Dark mode not as an experimental feature, but fully integrated and not hidden away under "accessibility features"
Nextcloud suites any scenario in which a business, non-profit or government needs a DSGVO/GDPR conform, data private, cheap cloud solution. For Google Drive, AWS, OneDrive, iCloud or Dropbox you pay monthly, for a self-hosted Nextcloud instance you pay once, it will look far more professional and is far more modular.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We're using Nextcloud mainly to offer our clients and customer a way to exchange files with our company, since other tools we use do not provide such a functionality in a convenient way. In addition we also host data there that is shared with customers / clients to review and get more support information.

The feature our customers love is the option to securely send us a file with drag & drop, without having to use other (non compliant) public services.
  • File Storage
  • File Sharing
  • File Uploads
  • App Center (Expandability)
  • Slow in comparison to other solutions
  • May be complex for the start since there are lots of apps and features
  • May be not focusing on core topics
There are some valid scenarios:

1. File Sharing with others around your company: great to give your employees the possibility to securely share files with outsiders of your company
2. Providing your customers / client with a secure way to upload files to your company, without having to worry that your customer sends private files with an untrusted service
3. All in One Solution for your Team (File Sharing, Calendar, Mail, Apps): This scenario is for our use cases not battle ready yet, may be suited for smaller teams.
🐿 Matthew Karsten | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
We tested the Nextcloud iOS Beta and found the UI to be refreshingly simple and easy to navigate. Nextcloud addresses remote development and collaboration for our generation with a secure and easy to use platform. With the addition of the new photos app, it's quite like having your own enterprise collaboration platform at your fingertips, without the big tech oversight. To stay focused on collaborating together without the ads, trackers, and a nice intro to get you started off on the right foot.
  • Remote collaboration platform with just the right tools.
  • Ease of access from any device, anywhere.
  • Solid templates for development teams to collaborate without distraction.
  • Nextcloud is new and relatively unknown, but with the features of enterprise solutions.
  • I'd like to see a 'vault' feature for sensitive info.
  • Potential for CRM use case with contacts.
While searching for tools to satisfy a quickly scaling online startup, we found Nextcloud is well suited for today's remote collaborative team. Nextcloud has just the right toolset for a collaborative workspace including video, chat, many file formats accepted, and intuitive user interface. Comparatively other popular tools like Trello were distracting with more features than functionality. Working with Nextcloud is much like having a workspace with all your content and tools available anywhere on any device, without the ads, distractions, and irrelevant functionality. We will continue to utilize Nextcloud as a remote workspace for evolving and scaling teams.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Nextcloud as an alternative to OneDrive. At the current location, we have security restrictions, which prevent us from exchanging files in certain situations, with external partners, and we had to look for an alternative solution. The solution is used by several teams within the company and solved several problems.
  • Share files
  • Preview files
  • Quick setup
  • Edit files
It’s great as an alternative to OneDrive when you can’t fully use Office 365. For example, sharing files with other people, with groups, setting the expiration date and password for the files. And, about less recommended scenarios, honestly, I don't see any. Perhaps, only the configuration time, which is longer than a SaaS option.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Nextcloud in the whole company. It's an excellent tool to replace a team network drive, and especially for sharing files with outside users in a password-protected environment -- we use this daily. We also use additional tools such as calendars and scheduling.
  • User rights
  • Version management
  • Scaleability
  • Online editing of office documents is limited.
  • Mobile phone app doesn't always sync immediately.
  • Videoconferencing tools are resource intensive.
Nextcloud works well in a small organization where you need to quickly find an alternative to closed-source or hosted filesharing. It is very flexible for sharing documents with partners, clients, an accountant, etc. It integrates smoothly with email software such as emClient for calendar handling and for sharing large documents (a link will be shared automatically, instead of attaching the file). It is probably less appropriate for very large business environments where the database and rights model (shared folders) is too simple.
Nafisha Labiba | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Nextcloud is used across the organization and everybody likes it. As a leading tourism business we need to keep the whole organization updated on what's happening and what should we do at what situation. This platform enables us to collaborate with relevant stakeholders very easily through [the] file shari[n]g option. It has made the job more collaborative and efficient.
  • File sharing and collaboration feature.
  • Reliable and secured.
  • Easy to set up and use.
  • Customizable.
  • Bit of expensive.
  • Graphical edition could improve.
  • Rest is fine with the application.
Nextcloud is well suited for those businesses which need extreme collaboration among its' employees and customers as well. The file sharing feature is just amazing w[h]ich will enable you to update yourself as well as the relevant targeted stakeholders on the ongoing and Como issues.
This application might help the small or larger business for bringing out the efficiency and productivity.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Nextcloud is used as a core alternative for our key services: files (internal and with clients), calendars and address book, kanban (deck) for agile development, chat and edit/comment files online.
It is used across the whole organization as a central hub which operates as a bridge between departments.
It addresses the need for:
  • Privacy, no activity or data are ever analysed.
  • Digital sovereignty, all of our data are on a server which we control 100%.
  • Single software/UI for several activities.
  • Accessible also on mobile (iOs/android).
  • Ease of installation/maintenance (sysadmins).
  • Ease of use (users).
  • File sharing (internal, public or federated).
  • One software, many activities (files, address book, calendar, chat, edit, email) ...
  • Groupware, sharing between users or groups is really easy and finely controlled.
  • Integrations and many apps.
  • Merge talk and file client apps on mobile devices.
Nextcloud is well suited in any collaboration scenario where users wants to share comments and resources as well as organize events or work together.
It is also very well suited for non-profit organizations as it is free to use and very simple even for non-tech users.
I can't imagine scenarios where it might not be appropriate as running requirements are minimal (php, mysql) so even a single user could find benefit to use it as an alternative for basic icloud or gmail use (files with desktop and mobile clients, calendar and address book).
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