pCloud Cloud Storage On Linux

As a cheapskate user of the Dropbox free plan, I was looking to see if there was another provider that offered a little more free storage than the 2GB from Dropbox (I actually have 2.5GB, due to a couple of bonus offers).

After a bit of research, I came up with Swiss-based pCloud: it has a client for Linux, as well as Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. The free tier offers 10GB of Cloud storage with no file size limits, which is fantastic for my (pretty basic) needs. You can set up your account first from the pCloud website, or during the client install process.

In operation, it is very similar to Dropbox in that you install the client and a pCloudDrive folder is set up on your system, with a few sub-folders already present (My Pictures, My Videos, My Music and so on).

You can create additional folders as needed, as with Dropbox, and any files in any of these folders are synced to the Cloud. Although the sharing options are not quite as flexible as Dropbox, they are adequate (and not something I use often anyway). The webpage UI is easy to follow and has a clean layout.

If you need more storage, a 500GB package is available for less than the equivalent $5 per month, which seems quite a decent value in the current environment.

Upload and download performance is fine on my system, and it really has been a smooth transition as pCloud operates in such a similar manner to my trusty Dropbox.

The only additional step I had to do on my Ubuntu XFCE system was to set the pCloud client to run at startup - it looks like that option may be available in the settings with the Windows client, but not in the Linux one at this time. This is straight forward enough, just add the psyncgui command to the "session and Startup" editor.

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