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I have a large collection of files to share for everyone, and I'm looking for a cloud service that matches all or some of these needs (sorted by importance):

  • Allow others to upload, download files, create folders and move files between folders, but restrict them from delete files
  • Be recoverable if something goes wrong (revert deletions)
  • Visitors can view without downloading (mostly PDF)
  • Have stat, or can integrate with Google Analytics
  • Free for a couple GB (at least 3 GB)
  • Visitors can have a synced copy in their hard drive

So far I'm using Google Drive, but the edit mode allow others to delete the files as well.

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Nextcloud is an open-source alternative to google drive. The software is free but it is self-hosted. Registered users can also sync documents shared with them.

✔️ Allow visitors to upload, download files, create folders and move files between folders, but restrict them from delete files
✔️ Be recoverable if something goes wrong
✔️ Visitors can view without downloading
❌ Have stat, or can integrate with Google Analytics
✔️ Free for a couple GB: you can choose free providers listed on their website, or your own host by your wish
✔️ Visitors can have a synced copy in their hard drive

  • Have stat: to a degree, see e.g. the Nextcloud app Usage Report or the Activity page. – Izzy Aug 4 at 16:54
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One limited option is to keep using Google Drive, set the whole folder as "can view" privilege, and create a folder in "can edit" privilege.

Many good discussion and other options can be found here: Cloud services that can open for everyone to edit, but not delete files : opendirectories

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