Google Drive is one of the most popular cloud storage services.
And for all the right reasons, it offers flexible pricing, regional pricing, and many other benefits.
Unfortunately, it does not offer end-to-end encryption. In addition, it is not an open source offering.
So, do we have an open-source replacement for Google Drive?
Of course there are free cloud storage services available, but they are neither open source nor completely secure/private.
Don’t worry, we have an excellent open source solution, that is, peargos†
Peergos: A peer-to-peer open-source cloud storage service with a mini social networking platform
Peergos is not just another alternative to Google Drive. It is much more than just a private web storage platform.
With Peergos, you get an end-to-end encrypted private web space built on the IPFS (peer-to-peer) protocol.
Using such a protocol makes it a decentralized storage platform that is resistant to censorship.
Not only limited to security/privacy, you also get the opportunity to socialize with your friends on the platform using the news feed.
For example, you upload photos and share them with your friends, other users (your friends) can see and interact with them in their news feed, just like a social media platform.
You can also add to-do tasks, organize a calendar and share it with co-workers/friends if you want.
In other words, you can also think of Peergos as a Nextcloud replacement to a certain extent.
You can choose to host Peergos yourself or opt for their cloud offering, starts free (200MB storage) and can be upgraded to 50GB for £5 /month or 500 GB for £25 /month†
Let me highlight some of the key features you get with Peergos.
Features of Peergos
Since you get a variety of functionalities with Peergos, here are the highlights:
- End-to-end encryption for storage.
- Ability to share your photos, videos and documents.
- If necessary, generate links to let other users download your file.
- Keep your activity private without registering your usage.
- You can host Peergos yourself, giving you complete control.
- Keep private metadata, your contact list, file size, directory structure and other information hidden.
- Provides a decentralized storage that you can access seamlessly.
- Open source and verified.
- Social media network capabilities.
- To-do list and task management.
- Collaboration Features.
- Markdown support.
- Ability to view PDF documents.
- Access the calendar, create and organize events.
- Website directory, which can be accessed via a personalized URL or local port if you host yourself.
Peergos is a feature-rich offering that allows you to store your files without worrying about trusting the company.
While not completely anonymous, Peergos as a service does not record any of your data.
Plus, you get the option to self-host, if you want total control over everything.
Getting started with Peergos
You need to sign up (for the cloud option) or self-host following the instructions on the GitHub page.
The free space of 200 MB is quite low. However, if you want to save some of your important documents and select a collection of photos, this can be useful for some.
The premium upgrade has the option to go up to 500 GB of storage for £25 per month.
Navigating the platform is quite easy and the user interface looks good.
It does support a dark mode, so you can switch it on at any time. The sharing options available should be sufficient for all types of collaboration.
The ability to control access to your shared files using groups is an interesting idea.
Peergos is a unique offering that you can host yourself. It is open source and provides all the benefits for a privacy enthusiast to store files and collaborate securely.
The cloud offering may not be attractive due to the low free storage space. But if you really like the concept, you can choose to upgrade to a premium plan with more storage.
If you wanted an open-source alternative to Google Drive, Peergos could be an interesting choice.