Compare Box and ownCloud
Find a full comparison and learn how ownCloud enables you to securely share files and folders within your organization. Box is a well established public file-sharing solution from the US. Box is proprietary software only available as a service in the Cloud, and offers no on-premises option as an alternative. Learn how Box holds up when compared to ownCloud.
AGPLv3, commercial license
On-premises, Hybrid, Cloud
Support reaction time
Depending on the plan
Windows, Mac OS, Linux
Windows, Mac OS, Linux
Virtual File System
Collabora online, ONLYOFFICE, Microsoft Office Online Server
Outlook-, Thunderbird-, Mailbox.org-plugin
Sharing policies for groups
Activities & comments
External storage integration
The best choice for enterprise file sync and share: ownCloud
Backed by a global community and a large ecosystem
More than 100 million users all over the world use ownCloud. The ownCloud file platform has been installed over 200,000 times already. ownCloud is a sizeable open-source project with a globally active network of users and a transparent ecosystem. On GitHub, over 7,200 people have starred the project and the ownCloud core alone has nearly 500 active contributors. Unlike Box, ownCloud is also available for deployment under your control, on-premises or in a cloud. And unlike Box, ownCloud offers integrations with e.g. LDAP to reuse existing authentication and permission data.
File sharing that integrates into the tools you already use
ownCloud takes a best-of-breed approach to improving team productivity and collaboration. ownCloud is integrated with many other open-source solutions, allowing enterprises to seamlessly embed file sharing into their existing cloud stack. From document editing with ONLYOFFICE, Collabora Online or Microsoft Office Online Server, to various groupware options, to Moodle as a learning management system – ownCloud is seamlessly connected where files are edited and shared. ownCloud also features advanced logging and auditing capabilities, Box does not.
+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 that is committed to providing support, customer-centric feature development, 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. In comparison, with Box, you get a closed ecosystem without the scope for custom, individual solutions.
Content collaboration that scales
ownCloud is made for teams of any size: From a home installation on the Raspberry Pi to the largest ownCloud Enterprise instance with 200,000 users. ownCloud is rooted in the open source community and is designed for business-use. The file sharing software scales according to any requirements, is reliable, convenient and secure. Box does not support unlimited file size – but ownCloud does.
Users prefer ownCloud when given the choice
Trusted by 100 million users worldwide
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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.