I'm looking for a software that's similar to Dropbox's client that only syncs with one computer (or just doesn't sync at all). Basically, I can self-host or buy a service such as SFTP, WebDAV, etc and then:

  • Manage a folder or drive through Windows Explorer for easy access and quick file operations
  • I don't have to login to it every time (it just mounts, I don't have to start a client, login, navigate to the correct folders, etc).
  • I don't have to let stuff sync to my 3 computers due to size constraints and the hassle of letting huge things sync.

I'm interested regardless of if it's free or not.

  • Some Dropbox competitors have the ability to show files in the cloud without downloading them. OneDrive had that, for example, but it was removed in W10 for some reason. Sep 19, 2016 at 23:20
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    Would WebDAV work?
    – unor
    Sep 20, 2016 at 0:33
  • Seems to be about the same as FTP, no? I also found ExpanDrive which I think I've seen before but it just wasn't as feature complete as the last time I saw it. It's a little pricey but I think it'll be worth my money just to be able to stop worrying about file management.
    – Cobertos
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:38
  • So, you are looking for FTP (or WebDAV) hosting, right? Or are you looking for software?
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 20, 2016 at 3:54
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    So you want something that "mounts" a remote folder to a drive letter in your Windows Explorer, right? Actually I wrote a tool that does this for remote folders via the CMIS protocol but it still has many bugs haha
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Sep 21, 2016 at 5:46

3 Answers 3


DokanCloudFS shows in your Windows Explorer the content of a remote folder you host at your favorite provider (MEGA, Google Drive, OneDrive and many others are supported). Of course your files are also usable and editable via any other Windows program.

Free and open source.

DokanCloudFS screenshot

As a bonus, files are encrypted with the password of your choice, so the cloud provider can't spy on your files.


If you already have an FTP server, you might want to try FtpUse.

It is a command line tool that makes a remote FTP folder appear inside your filesystem. Run the command, then you can browse your files in Windows Explorer.

FtpUse demo

Free but not open source.


GroupDrive does everything you are asking for. There's a client that maps a drive letter and there's also a browser client. It's about 10 bucks per user. www.groupdrive.com

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