ExpanDrive v7.2

ExpanDrive has been updated to v7.2. This is a bug fix release that takes care of a number of small issues. It improves refresh performance of remote files as well as adds a native 64 bit binary for Windows. We are also now distributing a system-wide (multi user) MSI from our download page, suitable for bulk deployments.

You can grab it on the auto updater or over at our ExpanDrive 7 page.

Fast and Easy OneDrive Client for Linux

ExpanDrive is a powerful OneDrive for Linux client that supports Ubuntu, Linux Mint, CentOS, Fedora, Redhat and most popular distributions. It supports two-way sync via a mounted drive to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business and Sharepoint by securely connecting to the Microsoft Graph API.

Download ExpanDrive v7.2.2
Released August 2th, 2019

ExpanDrive 7 runs on Ubuntu, Red Hat, Linux Mint, CentOS, Debian and most other popular distributions. We provide Deb and RPM based installers and have an integrated auto-updater to help you stay up to date. ExpanDrive connects to OneDrive, Sharepoint and OneDrive for Business as a fast network drive.

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Connecting to OneDrive on Linux with ExpanDrive 7
OneDrive mounted directly within the filesystem

OneDrive client options on Linux

Most of the major cloud storage providers don’t provide any first-party client for Linux. Microsoft does not seem to have any plans to provide a Linux client for OneDrive/Sharepoint, despite the huge base of Office 365 customers who run on Linux. With an increasing number of users running Linux as their primary operating system having a solution to connect to cloud storage is more important than ever.

There are a few open-source options that provide a sync style client, such as skilion’s command-line OneDrive client. However, unless you’re a power user this option can be pretty intimidating. It also is a sync client, which means you’re going to be syncing down a lot of extra data you might not need.

Mounting a OneDrive Network Drive on Linux

ExpanDrive is a OneDrive client that lets you connect your files using a fast network drive. Like Microsoft’s built-in client on Windows 10, everything is accessed on demand. You can browse and open any file from within your file manager or from the command-line. ExpanDrive builds native access to OneDrive into Linux.

ExpanDrive includes a powerful cloud storage browser

Amazing Reviews

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“ExpanDrive lets you mount remote sftp drives and it actually works! I.e. no long delays or dropped connection in the middle of a save.”

Allan Odgaard, TextMate

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“My first impression after reading ExpanDrive’s promotional description last week was that it sounded too good to be true. One week later, I’m pretty sure it actually is that good.”

John Gruber, Daring Fireball

Hello, Linux

ExpanDrive is currently shipping for Linux Desktop environments, with a server version coming soon.

  • Ubuntu
  • Linux Mint
  • Fedora
  • Centos
  • Redhat
  • Arch Linux
  • OpenSUSE
  • Debian

Installing ExpanDrive

Download ExpanDrive for Linux v7.0.17
Released July 1st, 2019

Debian based distributions

For Debian based distributions like Ubuntu start by download our latest .deb package. With modern versions of apt you can download and install the package using the apt command. This will also pull in the required dependencies.

sudo apt install ./ExpanDrive_7.0.17_amd64.deb

Alternatively you can install the package with dpkg, but then you’ll need to use apt to fulfill the dependencies.

Redhat based distributions

Download our latest RPM and use yum to install ExpanDrive and the required dependencies.

sudo yum localinstall ./ExpanDrive-7.0.17.x86_64.rpm

OneDrive Network Drive

ExpanDrive for Linux has a full featured file explorer as well as a fast network drive client. This builds support for OneDrive into every application in your environment, including terminal apps and the file explorer.

ExpanDrive v7.0.17

ExpanDrive 7 has been updated to v7.0.17. This is a bug fix release that takes care of a number of small issues. Notably it fixes compatibility with some older Linux distributions that have outdated gcc libraries.

You can grab it on the auto updater or over at our ExpanDrive 7 page.

ExpanDrive 6.4.7

ExpanDrive v6.4.7 is out as a maintenance update for customers still on version 6, adding support for macOS 10.14.5 and newer. This build is only for Mac.

Map Sharepoint Drive on Mac, Windows and Linux

ExpanDrive is a Sharepoint client that lets users securely map a drive to their Office 365 account. It integrates directly with your operating system, providing filesystem-level access to all remote files. This means you can browse, upload or edit Sharepoint directly from within Finder, Explorer, or any application on your machine. Simply put – Sharepoint shows up just like a shared drive. ExpanDrive runs on Mac, Windows and Linux – including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos, Redhat, and more.

 

ExpanDrive accomplishes this mapping by securely connecting to Microsoft’s Graph API and translating the API into a filesystem for Mac, Windows and Linux. Authorization is fully handled by Microsoft. It fully integrates with your SSO setup and multi-factor authentication setups like Okta, Duo and Auth0 work seamlessly.

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Download ExpanDrive
Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
Released August 5th, 2019

Sharepoint client for Mac and Windows and Linux

Microsoft provides a Sharepoint sync client for the Mac as well as for Windows. Native access to your files in the cloud is critical for any serious workflow. However, if you don’t want to eat up tons of disk space and bandwidth syncing files you rarely use it makes sense to map Sharepoint as a network drive.

What good is unlimited storage your only supported mechanism move data is via sync. Using a sync client you generally have a folder on your machine that has a copy of all of your files pre-downloaded and it watches for chances. Unless your laptop has a 10TB hard drive you can’t fully sync your account. With drive based you access only what you need, when you need it.

ExpanDrive also is a full featured Sharepoint browser and uploader manager, to help you with data migration and management. It keeps you connected and your files accessible without needing to log into a browser.

Files on Demand in Finder and Explorer

When you double click a file from Finder or Explorer it is transparently downloaded in the background. The same goes for any app on your machine, like Word, Excel, Photoshop – whatever. It builds Sharepoint support right into the operating system.

ExpanDrive access files on demand, not taking up valuable hard drive space by pre-syncing your entire site or document library.

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Map individual subsite or document library

Another nice feature of a Sharepoint client that connects via a mounted drive is that you can do things like map a specific Sharepoint subsite. This lets you turn a single document library that might be deeply nested into its own drive letter within Explorer or mounted volume in Finder.

To get this going with ExpanDrive you first create a connect connection to Sharepoint, and after you have completed the authentication you want to modify the server field before you connect and save the drive so it matches the site you’re trying to map.

Modify the server field to point directly at your subsite

In this case I am mounting the site named “subsite” on our Office 365 account. This should usually be a simple sitename, or is sometimes “/sites/subsite.” Check what the site URL via your web browser if you’re unsure.

After you’ve hit the connect button can see that subsite Document library directly within Finder. If you want to map directly into the Document library, you can sent “/Documents” under the remote path setting.

Sharepoint access within Finder and Explorer

ExpanDrive lets you map your Sharepoint account as drive letter on Mac or Windows. You can browse and access your account without needing to first sync your files, which takes up time and space on your laptop. Just access what you need, when you need it, from within any app like Finder, Windows Explorer, Microsoft Word, Photoshop, or whatever you use. Everything is safely in the cloud but not taking up space on your computer. Isn’t that the point of cloud storage anyways?

Download ExpanDrive for Mac, Windows & Linux

System requirements

ExpanDrive supports macOS 10.9 or newer and a wide variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos, Fedora, Redhat, and more. Learn more about how to install ExpanDrive for Linux here.

ExpanDrive runs on Microsoft Windows 7 through Windows 10. Windows Server is also supported as well as RDP/Terminal services environments. ExpanDrive can isolate multiple users logged into the same machine so they each have their own view of cloud storage.

ExpanDrive 7 – The Best Gets Even Better.

It’s finally here! ExpanDrive 7 brings massive performance improvements and a huge array of new features and improvements to all aspects of the app. It also now runs on Linux!

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Download ExpanDrive
Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
Released August 5th, 2019

ExpanDrive 7 now includes an incredibly powerful cloud storage browser and transfer app along with the best network drive for the cloud. Take a look:

ExpanDrive’s storage browser features advanced controls for file transfer, version management, and server side search.

Dramatically faster and more powerful

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Connect to all major cloud storage providers, or your own server. With a single app you can connect to:

  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive & Team Drives 
  • Box 
  • OneDrive
  • Sharepoint
  • Nextcloud
  • Microsoft Azure Storage
  • Wasabi
  • Amazon S3
  • Backblaze B2
  • SFTP/FTP, WebDAV
  • Hello, Linux

    Major storage providers have left you behind and we’re here to help. ExpanDrive adds native cloud storage access into Linux for all major Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, Mint, CentOS, Redhat, and more.

    Improved Smart Offline Sync

    Choose files for offline access and work without an internet connection. Synchronization to the cloud takes place automatically when you’re back online. Other files are accessed on-demand from the cloud, taking no disk space.

    Integrated Search

    ExpanDrive hooks into Spotlight Search on Mac and Windows file search. Quickly search your remote storage for whatever you’re looking for. The integrated storage browser has additional support for blazing-fast server side search.

    Multi-user file locking

    ExpanDrive now propagates lock files in Microsoft Office documents across the cloud. If a user is editing an Office document, other users will only be able to open that document read-only until the editing user closes it.

    File Version Management

    Easily access older versions of files on cloud storage backends that support versioning, including Box, Dropbox, S3, Google Drive, OneDrive and Sharepoint.

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    Download ExpanDrive
    Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
    Released August 5th, 2019

    ExpanDrive supports macOS 10.9 or newer and a wide variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos, Fedora, Redhat, and more. Learn more about how to install ExpanDrive for Linux here.

    ExpanDrive runs on Microsoft Windows 7 through Windows 10. Windows Server is also supported as well as RDP/Terminal services environments. ExpanDrive can isolate multiple users logged into the same machine so they each have their own view of cloud storage.

    S3 Browser for Mac, Windows & Linux

    Amazon S3 Browser for Mac, Windows & Linux

    ExpanDrive is a fast Amazon S3 client that lets you browse S3 (or S3-compatible) storage. It builds native access to S3 directly into Finder and your Mac system at the filesystem level. Finder and Explorer, or any other application, can browser you S3 buckets natively and access the remote content on-demand. It effectively turns your Mac, Windows or Linux machine into a S3 Browser. This lets you browse S3 storage without needing to sync down any of the data in advance. You can view buckets, manage files, and transfer large amounts of data from within any application.

    Browse an Amazon S3 Bucket from within Finder

    In addition to filesystem integration, ExpanDrive 7 has a powerful cloud storage browser and file manager. It surfaces more advanced features of S3 like setting the ACL for a given object, or modifying its storage class.

    Browse S3 from within a full-featured cloud storage browser

    If you’re looking for a simple S3 uploader, ExpanDrive’s storage browser has a blazing fast uploader built in that is designed for bulk upload and data migration. Files are uploaded in the background with our multi-threaded transfer engine. This makes uploads feel instant and doesn’t leave you waiting on transfers while you continue to go about your work.

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    Download ExpanDrive
    Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
    Released August 5th, 2019

    S3 Browser options for mac

    Most consumer-focused cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive come with their own desktop sync client. S3 is different in this respect. It is a developer/infrastructure focused service that is primarily accessed by an API that you need a third party client to access. Amazon provides a fairly basic web interface, but other than that the only way to get data in and out of it is via the API.

    There are a wide variety of clients to access S3, like S3 Browser or Transmit for the Mac. DragonDisk used to be targeted on this use-case but development ceased a few years ago. Most of these provide basic access to S3, but don’t provide native access to content. ExpanDrive provides advanced functionality and also turns S3 into an infinite-capacity external drive.

    Bucket level organization

    To get started you load ExpanDrive and input your access key ID as well as your secret key. Connecting mounts the root of your AWS account. Now you can use Finder or Explorer to browse your buckets and then drill into them.

    S3 is organized into buckets, which are top-level folders that are uniquely named throughout the service. You can attach various policies to a bucket such as restricting access to particular users or making hosted content available to the public. ExpanDrive lets you mount the root of your S3 account, showing you all your buckets (if your user has permission to list buckets). You can restrict mount a specific bucket, or even a particular folder in a bucket, by typing the bucket name in the remote path section. For additional details you can check out our documentation on connecting to S3. This is useful if you have an IAM user with access to only a single bucket or doesn’t have the permissions to list the buckets for an account.

    Browse S3-Compatible storage like Wasabi

    Amazon provides a simple guide to get started with their S3 service. ExpanDrive is also compatible with any S3-protocol compatible service like Wasabi or Dream Objects. For Wasabi ExpanDrive has a built-in connection profile. But you can also select the Amazon S3 connection profile and modify the server field to connect to storage services like Dream Objects, Ceph, Cleversafe, Oracle and more.

    Click Save or Connect and you’re good to go. Amazon S3 will now be visible as a network drive whenever you login to your computer – letting you access all of your content from Finder, Explorer, Photoshop, Microsoft Office – whatever!

    Drag and drop files to copy them out to the cloud. You can even stream media content like movies and music directly from the S3 storage without needing to first download or sync them. For more information, check our documentation page on connecting ExpanDrive to S3.

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    System Requirements

    ExpanDrive supports macOS 10.9 or newer and a wide variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos, Fedora, Redhat, and more. Learn more about how to install ExpanDrive for Linux here.

    ExpanDrive runs on Microsoft Windows 7 through Windows 10. Windows Server is also supported as well as RDP/Terminal services environments. ExpanDrive can isolate multiple users logged into the same machine so they each have their own view of cloud storage.

    Map Box as a Network Drive on Mac, Windows and Linux

    Box.com, like most big online storage providers, provides a Sync client for your desktop PC or Mac. The Box sync client has long been plagued with problems and has had a reputation of being notoriously slow and buggy. Especially on the Mac. Box Sync 4 improves things a bit, but it still has the same problems any syncing app has. The best solution is to Map or Mount Box as a Network Drive, with ExpanDrive. Connect to your Box account just like a USB Drive. Browse the account in any application, like Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop – whatever. View and managed all your files directly from within Finder on the Mac or Explorer.

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    Download ExpanDrive
    Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
    Released August 5th, 2019

    Box as a network drive

    Problems with Sync – It needs lots of hard drive space

    To use Box Sync you first have to download all the data to your machine – which takes a long time and can take a lot of storage.  If you’re running a MacBook Air or an notebook with a 128GB SSD it’s going to pretty hard to use your company’s 500GB Box account. Forget trying to store lots of media and assets with Box sync. What you really want is to offload that data to the cloud, but still be able to get at it when you need it. That’s what a network drive like ExpanDrive is perfect for. The files are still there, but they are just stored directly on Box.

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    Download ExpanDrive
    Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
    Released August 5th, 2019

    Sync is less Secure

    Box has a great security model – you can provide fine grained control to your users. When employees leave, you can simply revoke their permissions. However, using Box Sync that model breaks down a bit. Everybody has a copy of the data sitting on their laptop. If the machine is lost or stolen the files remain there for the taking. If an employee runs off, they can still access all the data they had before since it is just sitting in a folder on their computer.

    Connect Box as a Network Drive with ExpanDrive

    ExpanDrive makes managing your Box account as seamless as using a USB Drive. It also improves the Box security model – ExpanDrive accesses everything on demand. Here is a video to help get a better idea of what ExpanDrive does and how it works.

    Map Dropbox as a Network Drive on Mac, Windows or Linux

    Dropbox is the most popular consumer online storage platform, now with over half a billion users in the system. Their primary client is the Dropbox desktop sync client, which mirrors a folder named Dropbox out to the cloud. It works great. However, as the amount of data you deal with in Dropbox or the number of users all accessing the same storage in Dropbox for Business starts to increase, sync gets pretty messy. Things like figuring out how to deal with different users that only have permission to a subset of the data or dealing with a 5TB dropbox account with users that only have a few hundred GB of storage on their Windows 7 laptops start to become real problems.

    Map Dropbox as a Drive

    ExpanDrive solves this by letting you actually mount Dropbox as a virtual drive on Mac and Windows. This lets you access your content natively, from Finder or Explorer, without having to sync the data. It’s all on demand, like a regular native filesystem. To get started, you want to download ExpanDrive.

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    Download ExpanDrive
    Version 7.2.2 for Mac, Windows and Linux
    Released August 5th, 2019

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    Once you’ve downloaded and installed ExpanDrive, you’ll want to select the option to create a new Dropbox Drive.

    ExpanDrive will now ask you to authorize a connection between ExpanDrive and Dropbox. This is a secure direct connection between your computer and Dropbox, ExpanDrive has no server that sits in between you.

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    Once you’ve established the connection, you’ll have a virtual drive accessible from every application on your machine including Finder and Explorer.

    System Requirements

    ExpanDrive supports macOS 10.9 or newer and a wide variety of Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Centos, Fedora, Redhat, and more. Learn more about how to install ExpanDrive for Linux here.

    ExpanDrive runs on Microsoft Windows 7 through Windows 10. Windows Server is also supported as well as RDP/Terminal services environments. ExpanDrive can isolate multiple users logged into the same machine so they each have their own view of cloud storage.

    ExpanDrive v7.0.12

    ExpanDrive 7 has been updated to v7.0.12 – It fixes a number of issues with Azure Storage, B2 connectivity and improvements to OneDrive and Sharepoint connections. Additionally it adds support for command-line interaction.

    Usage: expandrive [options]
    
    Options:
      -V, --version            output the version number
      -m, --mount [name]       Mount Drive
      -e, --eject [name]       Eject Drive
      -d, --destroy [name]     Destroy bookmark
      -a, --activate [serial]  Activate ExpanDrive License
      -c, --create [url]       Create SFTP/FTP/S3/WebDAV connection
      -h, --help               output usage information

    On Mac you want to call into the bundle to get to the command-line binary – ExpanDrive.app/Contents/MacOS/ExpanDrive. We will make an option to link a global shortcut to this soon.

    You can grab it on the auto updater or over at our ExpanDrive 7 page.

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