ownCloud vs OneDrive

The most important differences between ownCloud and OneDrive

Compare OneDrive vs ownCloud

Read a full OneDrive comparison with ownCloud and learn how ownCloud enables you to securely share files and folders within your organization. Microsoft OneDrive is part of the Microsoft 365 cloud offerings. Individuals and businesses can book online storage space and use cloud file storage as part of the Microsoft ecosystem. Microsoft products are not open source and can only be operated in Microsoft data centers. This raises problems with data sovereignty, but also, more specifically, difficulties with compliance regarding data protection regulations. Learn more about the differences between ownCloud and OneDrive:

ownCloud secure cloud solution for enterprise file sharing


GDPR compliance
Open source
AGPLv3, commercial license
Commercial license

On-premises, Hybrid, Cloud



Your datacenter or hosted in Germany

At Microsoft in Europe or USA


Unlimited for on-premises

1TB per user

Maximum file size


Custom theming
Desktop App

Windows, Mac OS, Linux

Windows, Mac OS

Web App
Mobile Apps
iOS, Android
iOS, Android
Virtual File System
Document editing

Microsoft Office Online Server,
Collabora online, ONLYOFFICE

Microsoft Office 365
Email integration
Outlook plugin
Guest accounts
Only for other OneDrive users
Sharing with groups
Auditing & logging
Depends on plan
Depends on plan
Data retention
Depends on plan
We compiled this 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

Open-source file sharing for security and transparency

ownCloud is an open-source software to synchronize and share files. In other words, the software code is publicly available on GitHub. So everyone using ownCloud can be 100% sure that there are no backdoors (you can check). ownCloud makes file sharing secure and transparent – for the highest level of control and sovereignty about your data.

ownCloud enables you to comply with privacy regulations

The GDPR regulations and fall of the Privacy Shield basically make data transfer to the USA or to US cloud providers illegal. ownCloud is designed to comply with all privacy regulations in the world. The open-source architecture, the free choice of deployment method and thus location of the data as well as maximum security features make ownCloud the secure file sharing solution.

You choose where your data gets stored

With ownCloud your data can be stored at the location of your choice: In your own data center, in a hybrid structure with the integration of external storages or as a cloud offer directly from ownCloud, securely and GDPR-compliant hosted in Germany. Unlike Microsoft, ownCloud offers the greatest possible freedom and thus the greatest control over where your data is stored.

Commitment to open standards

ownCloud advocates open standards in the development of its software. We use public APIs, use standardized protocols and formats and can therefore be seamlessly integrated into existing IT infrastructure. With ownCloud, companies do not fall into the trap of vendor lock-in, but always retain full control.

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 100 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

Want to learn more?

Experience ownCloud in action and ask our knowledgable presales team any question for your proof of concept.

ownCloud lets you own your cloud. Controlling your own data, while enjoying much of the benefits of the likes of dropbox or onedrive. Ability to link mobile phones and sync contacts and calendars. File/folder sync between devices.


IT Specialist, Information Technology and Services

Capterra, January 2020