ownCloud vs Alfresco

The most important differences between Alfresco and ownCloud

Compare Alfresco vs ownCloud

Alfresco and ownCloud are both open-source enterprise platforms which offer subscription based on-premises enterprise editions, SaaS packages and community editions. Alfresco is a Java-based open source web content management system that enables users to manage and share information and data with a stack of integrations. With 28 million users, Alfresco has an significant market share in content-driven business process technology.

ownCloud secure cloud solution for enterprise file sharing


Open source



AGPLv3, commercial license

AGPLv3, commercial license


On-premises, Hybrid, Cloud

On-premises, Hybrid, Cloud

Support reaction time 

2h for any case

1h for critical cases

Custom theming


Desktop App 

Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Web App


Mobile Apps

iOS, Android 

iOS, Android 

Virtual File System 


Collaborative editing in real-time 


Email integration 


Guest accounts


Sharing policies for groups


Activities & comments


2-factor authentication


Storage encryption


External storage integration


Command-line interface


FTP-Server integration

Secure View

Auditing & logging


We compiled this Alfresco comparison list to the best of our knowledge in September 2020. Should we have overlooked or forgotten anything, do not hesitate to contact us.

The best choice for enterprise file sync and share: ownCloud

Backed by a global community and a large ecosystem

More than 200 million people worldwide use ownCloud for collaboration and to share files, compared to 28 million Alfresco users. The ownCloud file platform has already been installed over 200,000 times. ownCloud is a large open-source project with a globally active network of users and a transparent ecosystem – if you have a question, it is pretty likely that someone already has the answer. On GitHub, over 7,200 people have starred the project and the ownCloud core alone has nearly 500 active contributors.  

File sharing that integrates into the tools you already use

ownCloud takes a best-of-breed approach to improving team productivity and collaboration. ownCloud integrates well with many other open-source solutions, allowing for personalized cloud stacks instead of being stuck with inflexible monolithic solutions. From content collaboration with ONLYOFFICE, Collabora Online or Microsoft Office Online Server, to various groupware integrations like Kopano and Open Exchange, to Moodle as a learning management system – ownCloud is a seamless and straightforward choice anywhere that files are edited and shared.

+10 years experience in enterprise file sync & share

The open-source project ownCloud was launched in 2010 and the company ownCloud was founded in 2011. Since that day, it has grown into a 75-member team committed to providing support, deployment and a great file sharing experience for our customers and the community. With ownCloud you get continuity, reliability and +10 years experience in enterprise file sync and share. As a European open-source company, we embrace digital sovereignty. 

Content collaboration scaling at ease

ownCloud brings infinite scalability to teams of any size: From a home installation on your Raspberry Pi to very large ownCloud Enterprise instances with 200,000 users. ownCloud is rooted in the open-source community, designed for business use and makes sharing reliable, convenient and secure. Oh, and: ownCloud does not have a maximum file size and can handle infinite amounts of data – especially important for the ownCloud users at prestigious scientific institutions like CERN. 

Users love ownCloud

ownCloud has an average rating of 4.2 on Capterra


ownCloud has an average rating of 4.1 on G2


ownCloud has an average rating of 4.5 on Gartner Peer Insights


Trusted by 200 million users worldwide

ownCloud customer CERN
ownCloud customer ETH Zürich
ownCloud customer Daimler
ownCloud customer European Commission
ownCloud customer DB Mobility Networks Logistics
ownCloud customer Fujitsu

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OwnCloud is very easy to use, very simple file system with simple interface and its design of file manager is also very good. It has good filtering options and comes with good admin controls. It follows strict security mechanisms/practices, as the web attacks are increasing gradually.

Software Developer, Manufacturing Industry

Gartner Peer Insights, February 2020