Support for Nextcloud

ExpanDrive has always had support for Nextcloud using our WebDAV connector or our Owncloud connector. With ExpanDrive 7 there is now a full connection profile available for Nextcloud. You can easily mount Nextcloud as a fast network drive on Mac, Windows or Linux and you can also manage your files from directly within the ExpanDrive GUI.

To get started, grab ExpanDrive v7 and create a new drive. Next select the Nextcloud connection profile.

Once you’ve got the drive created, add your server root, your Nextcloud username and password and you’ll be good to go.

Support for Wasabi

ExpanDrive has always had support for Wasabi via our Amazon S3 connection type. Now, as of V7 ExpanDrive has a full connection profile available for Wasabi Cloud Storage. You can easily mount Wasabi as a fast network drive on Mac, Windows or Linux and you can also manage your files from directly within The ExpanDrive GUI.

To get started, grab ExpanDrive v7 and create a new drive. Next select the Wasabi connection profile.

Once you’ve got the drive created, add your Wasabi Access Key and Secret key and you’ll be good to go.

ExpanDrive v7.0.8 beta

ExpanDrive updated to v7.0.8 – it includes new connection profiles for Wasabi and NextCloud and fixes a number of small issues that cropped up in v7.0.5. Thanks to everyone participating, especially the Linux testers!

ExpanDrive v7.0.5 beta

Our ExpanDrive beta has been updated to v7.0.5 with a variety of improvements to reconnecting, auto-updater functionality, login behavior and many other small improvements. Thanks to everyone participating, especially the linux testers!

ExpanDrive 7 public beta

ExpanDrive 7 is now moving into public beta. It is the biggest step forward for the product since the release of ExpanDrive 3, when we added support for a wide variety of cloud storage providers. ExpanDrive 7 is dramatically faster and more powerful in nearly every dimension. And it also is now available for Linux.

The new user-interface now goes beyond merely managing connections. It is a full-featured transfer client with powerful features for managing versions, sharing, bulk data transfer, live editing, previewing and much more.

Head over to our ExpanDrive 7 page to grab the download and learn more.

ExpanDrive for Linux public beta

ExpanDrive for Linux is a product we’ve had on the radar for over 4 years now. The code that powers ExpanDrive was built to run on Linux since ExpanDrive v5 but we’ve never actually shipped a Linux client, until today. We’re starting by distributing Debian packages and RPM packages that run on all major x64 Linux Desktop environments including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, CentOS, Red Hat and more.

Head over to our ExpanDrive for Linux page to grab the download and learn more.

Multiple Google Drive accounts on Mac and Windows

ExpanDrive is a powerful client that lets you connect multiple Google Drive accounts at the same time on Mac and Windows. Google’s Backup and Sync client and File Stream client are only able to connect to a single GSuite account.

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Version 6.4.5 for macOS and Windows
Released Feb 15th, 2019

ExpanDrive for Linux is currently in public beta.

Connect Two Google Drive Accounts at once

It’s not uncommon for people to have a GSuite account for work or school as well as a personal one. With multiple accounts your only option to move data in and out of both of those is using the browser. This might be fine for occasional use, but any serious user relies on native access to their files.

Easily connect two Google Drive accounts at the sametime

Map a specific Team Drive

Set Team Drives/Drive Name in the remote path to mount a team drive
Browse the content of a single team drive alongside another Google Drive account

Access multiple Google Drive Accounts on demand without sync

ExpanDrive is a special kind of Google Drive client that lets you access multiple Google Drive accounts as a fast network drive. You can even mount a specific Team Site or a subfolder within your account. ExpanDrive securely connects via the Google API. You can connect as many accounts on one machine as you want. All of the files are accessed without needing to sync down the content.

Learn how to connect to multiple google drive accounts

It’s easy as authenticating multiple accounts and assigning them unique nicknames, give it a try for free.

System Requirements

ExpanDrive supports macOS 10.9 or newer, Linux and 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 Amazon S3 Drive on Mac or Windows

Map S3 as a Network Drive with ExpanDrive

If you’re looking to connect to S3 as a drive, ExpanDrive is an amazing option. ExpanDrive is a S3 client for Mac and Windows that lets you connect to S3 as a fast network drive. It has been under active development for more than 10 years and is one of the fastest and most reliable S3 clients available. All your files in the cloud are available from within any application including Finder and Explorer.

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Version 6.4.5 for macOS and Windows
Released Feb 15th, 2019

ExpanDrive for Linux is currently in public beta.

Amazon S3 is Amazon’s API-driven, amazingly durable cloud storage service. Launched over ten years ago, in 2006, it was the first offering of what is now Amazon Web Services.

S3 desktop client options

Most consumer-focused cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive come with their own desktop sync client. S3 differs in that it is primarily driven by an API which you need a client like ExpanDrive in order to take advantage of on your desktop. 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. ExpanDrive is unique in that it translates the S3 API into an infinite-capacity external drive for macOS or PC. In practice this means Finder and Explorer now have S3 built in, as does every other app on your machine. ExpanDrive also operates as a great general S3 Browser for Mac and Windows.

Bucket level organization

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

S3FS for Mac and Windows

Tools like S3FS for linux perform a similar function but lack critical features like background writes, smart synchronization of files for offline access and multi-threaded reads and writes. With ExpanDrive you get a host of extra features and robust performance. Users can access petabytes of data from their laptop as if it was local. ExpanDrive works as a free S3 Client for macOS and Windows that connects you to Amazon S3 as a fast network drive. 

Creating a virtual drive with Amazon S3

Amazon provides a simple guide to get started with their S3 service. You’ll need an AWS account, as well as a bucket. From there, you’ll want to get your API keys to authenticate with ExpanDrive. Haystack Software has a nice guide on how to get the keys. As with any AWS keys, it is recommended to use IAM keys rather than your root keys.

ExpanDrive Openstack Mac

Add your Access key and Secret Key, then 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 S3 from Finder, Explorer, Photoshop, Microsoft Office – whatever!

Drag and drop files to copy them out to the cloud. Or stream movies and media directly from S3 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, Linux and 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.

Using Sharepoint on Mac

There are a variety of good ways to access Sharepoint document libraries from your mac. Some, such as plain access via the web, don’t offer much in the way of native integration. While others provide a full native filesystem interface that lets you access Sharepoint as a mapped drive.

Sharepoint via the Web

The easiest starting point is simply accessing Sharepoint via the web through the Office 365 portal. In order to get the richest experience via the web you’ll want to make sure you have a modern version of your browser. Microsoft keeps this list of supported browsers.

Mapping a Drive via WebDAV

While mounting Sharepoint as a network Drive using WebDAV mostly works in a Windows environment, it doesn’t function correctly on Mac when connecting to Office 365.

Microsoft Document Connection

In versions of Office previous to 2016 Microsoft included an app called Document Connection to move data in and out of Sharepoint, but it has been since discontinued in favor of more direct integration inside the office 365 apps.

Mapping a Network Drive

Third-party tools like ExpanDrive integrate directly with the Sharepoint API building in native access to any Mac. A user authenticates one time using the same login flow a they access Office 365 via the web, including MFA and SAML configurations. They can then access their entire Sharepoint setup as a fast, aggressively cached network drive that provides advanced features like smart-sync offline mode, integrated link sharing, and more.

OneDrive sync client

Another option is to use the OneDrive sync client to access Sharepoint on your mac. It provides reasonable integration and speed and is available from Microsoft. However, it doesn’t make managing a configuration with fine grained permissions and many different sites particularly. easy.

ExpanDrive for Linux Beta

We’re finally expanding our test group for our Linux client. Head over to our ExpanDrive for Linux page if you’re interested in testing ExpanDrive in a Linux desktop environment.

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