I want to offer a file hosting service on my own server (GNU/Linux) that allows to upload files on the fly.

The web app must be FLOSS.

A drop.io clone would be the best, but I don’t require all the features it offered.

Uploading files

Sign-up/sign-in must not be mandatory, so users should be able to stay anonymous.

  1. Every user should be able to create a new page (with a dedicated/stable URL).

  2. Each page allows this user to upload files.

  3. The user can configure this page:

    • Restrict access?
      No: Others only need the URL to access the page and download files.
      Yes: Others need the URL and the password to access the page and download files.

    • Expiration?
      No: The page/files will be available forever.
      Yes: The page/files will be deleted after a specific configurable time.

It would be great if it’s possible for users to provide an owner password when creating a new page (optionally). This would allow them to change settings or delete/upload files even after their session is closed. If no owner password is provided, no-one can change anything.

Administrating the service

A web interface is not required, I’m fine with configuring it via SSH.

  • It should be possible to set the maximum file size.
  • It should be possible to set a global maximum (totalized size of all uploaded files).
  • It should be possible to notify the admin about new pages and new files somehow (e.g., via e-mail or XMPP or feed …).
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    I am going to make something like that (because of this inspiration) but it won't be done soon, I am not the best with backend yet.
    – user10405
    Dec 17, 2014 at 8:55
  • Maybe the community could write an open source platform on github.com and I will host it!
    – user10405
    Dec 17, 2014 at 8:56
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    Have you considered using ownCloud? It does not support exactly your specifications, but you might be able to change the source, or work around them as needed.
    – Marcel
    Feb 2, 2015 at 12:08
  • @Marcel: Do you know ownCloud good enough so that you could describe which features it fulfills and which features it misses? It would make a useful answer, even if it’s only a partial solution (especially because there don’t seem to be better matches yet).
    – unor
    Feb 2, 2015 at 13:26

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ownCloud (https://owncloud.org/) does match at least somewhat:

  • It requires signup, but you could always create a "public" user with no/public password
  • It's free and open source (AGPL-licensed, AFAIK) https://github.com/owncloud
  • It's selfhosted, as far as nothing else as web server (e.g. apache) and a DB (MariaDB, MySQL or SQLite) is required.
  • Sharing of files and directories, with or without link
  • Setting of quotas

It does not support (AFAIK)

  • The "page per user" requirement.
  • The expiration of files

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