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ExpanDrive v5.4.4

ExpanDrive v5.4.4 is out via the auto-updater and on our main download page. It supports macOS 10.7 and newer and Windows 7 through Windows 10. This release has a variety of important bug fixes, noted below.

FIXED Improvements with non-ascii characters while using Dropbox as well as general unicode improvements while running on macOS
FIXED -43 error on macOS now fixed, sometimes caused by permissions bits getting written that couldn’t be persisted.
FIXED Exit code -4 on macOS fixed, due to a code signature problem on Yosemite
FIXED OneDrive for business will now correctly display the contents of directories that have more than 200 entries.
FIXED Dropbox will now correctly show folder modification dates and also correclty list contents of directories with more than 2000 entries
FIXED Fixed an occasional save issue with Adobe Acrobat on Windows
FIXED Improved multi-threaded upload on both macOS and Windows
NEW Renaming empty folders on S3/Swift is now supported
NEW Integrated crash reporter on macOS has been added has b
NEW Multi-user support for Windows Terminal Server/Citrix environments

ExpanDrive v5.4.1

ExpanDrive v5.4.1 is out on the auto-updater fixing an authentication issue for Google Drive and Google Cloud Storage. Google updated some of their authentication flow and this update fixes our compatibility for that.

ExpanDrive v5.3 is out

ExpanDrive v5.3 is out on the auto-updater and the main download page.

NEW Preliminary support for Sharepoint Online [Office 365 Sites]
NEW Rewritten WebDAV connector
NEW All-new metadata caching layer, bringing faster access and asynchrnous updates of regularly used data
NEW Moved to OneDrive v2 API
NEW Improvements to SFTP layer for speed and large file transfers

For the curious yes, we skipped v5.2 – It was an internal release in testing for an extended period of time that we decided not to publish.

ExpanDrive v5.1.8

ExpanDrive v5.1.8 is now available for Mac and Windows. It’s a relatively minor update that mostly fixes some SFTP and WebDAV compatibility issues.

Release notes can be found here.

ExpanDrive v5.1.3 and OS X El Capitan

Users of ExpanDrive v5.1.3 on OS X El Capitan will need to manually upgrade to a newer version of ExpanDrive by downloading it at www.expandrive.com. ExpanDrive v5.1.3 on OS X 10.11 exhibits a broken auto-updater. Make sure to quit ExpanDrive if you’re already running it. This release was only available for about half a day, so hopefully it doesn’t affect too many users. ExpanDrive v5.1.4 is already available with a fix. Our apologies for the trouble.

ExpanDrive v5.1

ExpanDrive v5.1 is now available for download and via the auto-updater. It includes full support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan and wraps up myriad changes and fixes since our V5 release back in July. You can always get the release notes for each intermediate version over at our support page.

NEW Auto-detect mime-type for S3/Swift
NEW [Windows] New Filesystem driver to improve Windows 10 support
NEW [Windows] New crash reporter
NEW [Windows] Speed increase in browsing folders
NEW [Windows] New data cache
FIXED Amazon Cloud Drive and Box long directory listings now fixed
FIXED S3 support where getting a bucket’s location is disallowed
FIXED Issue deleting files on OS X 10.11 would sometimes generate a “-43” error
FIXED Fixed a WebDAV normalization issue with international character sets on Mac
FIXED Fixed issue on Windows where truncating files that are > 2GB
FIXED Fixed issue causing certain crashes on drive startup on Windows
FIXED Fixed issue listing directories with more than 2k entries on Amazon S3
FIXED Fixed issue deleting certain folders on S3/Swift
FIXED 0-byte files are now correctly flushed out
FIXED Free space report for storage accounts with unlimited free space
FIXED Auto-updater preference fixed on Windows
FIXED Transient SFTP truncation problem fixed
FIXED Fixed usage of ampersand in filenames on Dropbox and S3
FIXED Windows 10 mounting error.
FIXED Issue where upload queue could get stuck uploading
FIXED S3 buckets with capital letters now supported
FIXED Fixed directory listings with files larger than 4GB
FIXED List directories with greater than 1000 entries on S3 fixed
FIXED Google Drive with unlimited space now shows more free space by default.
FIXED Fixed ghost checkbox on Mac UI
FIXED No longer trim whitespace from passwords
FIXED Detect S3 bucket region from error message when no permission to discover region.
CHANGED Longer write timeout for operations on Mac
CHANGED Have OAuth show Chrome as our browser
CHANGED Use smaller chunk for uploading large files to Dropbox, improving reliability.
CHANGED Enabled rename on S3/Swift

Introducing ExpanDrive 5

We’ve just released ExpanDrive 5. It adds support for Amazon Cloud Drive, an awesome storage service from Amazon which offers unlimited storage. ExpanDrive 5 is near-total rewrite of our core functionality. It’s dramatically faster – up to 10x in many common scenarios. ExpanDrive quickly and reliably transfers in the background while you continue to work, allowing you to save files without waiting.


ExpanDrive has been around for over ten years now. For v5 we decided to rebuild our core functionality. Our most popular drive types, including Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box, S3, and Openstack, have been completely overhauled. Our new SFTP/FTP layer is in beta for v5.1 and is coming soon. ExpanDrive now operates in a durable hybrid online/offline mode where you can rely on ExpanDrive always being active and transferring when connected. This makes ExpanDrive look and feel like a local disk despite an often slow connection to the cloud. Transfers that get interrupted are restarted the next time you connect. It’s easily the best version of ExpanDrive ever.

If you haven’t checked out ExpanDrive lately, we support a huge array of cloud storage providers Microsoft OneDrive & OneDrive for Business, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, ownCloud and many more. Most Cloud Storage providers give very generous free offerings, letting you host tens of gigabytes safely in their datacenter. Using ExpanDrive you can backup or offload your content as easily as using a USB Drive.

ExpanDrive’s user interface has been updated with a modern look and feel, and we’ve also deployed a new icon. You can now easily see transferring status from our tray icon so you can quickly know what is going on.

Download ExpanDrive 5 from our website or from the auto-updater within ExpanDrive. This update is available to all existing customers for $24.95 through the end of July and free to try out for 1 week. If you bought ExpanDrive 4 after May 1st, your key has been upgraded for free.

Additionally, we’re finishing off our Linux/server version, coming later this summer. If you’re interested in tesing on Linux or Windows server, please email linux@expandrive.com. Thanks!

SFTP, FTP and S3 in the Sublime Text sidebar

Sublime Text is an enormously popular text editor for Mac, Windows and Linux. Combining Sublime Text and ExpanDrive is a powerful workflow – you actually edit and manipulate files on SFTP/FTP or S3 in real-time from directly within the Sublime Text. You don’t need to download the file, edit it, and then re-upload it. We use Sublime in conjunction with ExpanDrive every day to develop the Ruby on Rails code that powers Strongspace.com as well the ExpanDrive Store. It’s also one of the primary ways we dogfood¬†ExpanDrive.

Try ExpanDrive Free for 7 Days

It’s pretty easy to get started. If you haven’t installed ExpanDrive you can download the latest release here. It’s free to try out for a week and is available on Mac and Windows. These screenshots are from the Mac version, but it looks nearly the same on Windows.


Create new SFTP Drive

We start by creating a new SSH (SFTP) connection within ExpanDrive, although you can connect to FTP, Amazon S3 or a whole variety of other support cloud storage providers if you prefer.


Select Authentication

ExpanDrive affords you a variety of configuration options for SFTP and FTP. We generally use public key authentication combined with Google Authenticator for multi-factor authentication. You can even set a remote path so that you can mount /etc and twiddle configuration files directly.


Server in Finder

Once you have made the connection to the server, the contents are viewable in Finder, Explorer or any other application. On the Mac I like the Open in Sublime button to click a folder and then click Open in Sublime and have Sublime open up the tree as a project. This is easier on Windows where you can right click and have the default shell extension offer “Open in Sublime.”


SFTP in Sublime Sidebar

Now you can edit any file directly within Sublime and have the entire tree visible in the sublime sidebar. While there are some other options out now for accessing SFTP servers from within Sublime, I feel pretty confident that ExpanDrive is the best. We have rock-solid background saves that let you hit command-s [or ctrl-s, if you’re on windows] with abandon. You’ll experience no delay as the file is saved instantly and pushed out to your server in the background.

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ExpanDrive v4.3.1

ExpanDrive v4.3.1 is out on the auto-updater. This is a small bug fix release that does a lot to improve compatibility with MS Office 2013 saving to S3 and Swift connections. S3/Swift don’t allow you to set the modification time of a file, and in certain cases Office with get confused and suggest somebody else edited the file. This fix also incorporates a change for parsing dates in Swift that does a better job accounting for time zones.

New in v4.3.1

  • CHANGED Improved support for editing MS Office documents on Swift and S3
  • FIXED Fixed timezone issue on Swift.