This decentralized cloud storage service is an alternative to Google Drive

I won’t lie, I’m addicted to Google Drive. I use it every day, and have been for a long time. At the same time, I’m always looking for other services that can replace Google Drive or use in cases where I don’t want to entrust my data to Google. If this sounds like you, I have a service you might want to try.

It is a decentralized, encrypted and Zero Trust platform, which is also open source. In fact, you can view and verify resources not only from desktop and mobile clients, but also from the service itself. All of this code is hosted on Internxt’s GitHub repository. Internxt has clients for Linux, macOS, and Windows, as well as mobile clients for Android and iOS.

I found Internxt to be an attractive proposal in cloud storage space, mainly because of its decentralized nature. What does that mean ? In other words, a decentralized platform allocates resources (hardware and software) to multiple locations, so that no single server or data center is used. Not only does it help share the workload, but it also provides a better security model and better reliability for a service. If one system fails, there are always many others working to take over.

It’s more complicated than that, but you get the idea.

Therefore, Internxt is a decentralized cloud storage service, which means your files are fragmented and encrypted before leaving your device. As a result, it will be difficult for a third party to steal your data. If this seems like an indispensable feature for your cloud storage needs, read on.

Internxt currently offers four different formulas:

  • 10 GB of storage: free.
  • 20 GB of storage: 10.68 euros per year.
  • 200 GB of storage: 41.88 euros per year.
  • 2 TB of storage: 107.88 euros per year.

Currently, Internxt offers two different products. The first is called Drive and is used for files. The second product is called Photos and is used for, you guessed it, photos. Internxt is currently working on a third product, called Send, that will allow you to send files from your account.

Perhaps you should start with a free account to try out the service before signing up for 200GB or 2TB of storage space.

The biggest question I always ask about cloud storage solutions is: do you have a desktop client? If the answer is yes, I give them a chance. If not, I usually proceed to the next option.

Internxt has a desktop client, although it is relatively simple. In fact, the Internxt client is just a way to add a local directory to your account to stay in sync. The downside of Internxt is there is no file manager integration. You can connect your account to the desktop, specify the folder to associate with the account, and even back up other folders from your local drive. But if you’re looking for a file manager context menu (for example, to add a folder to your Internxt cloud storage when you right-click on that folder), it won’t work. If you want to sync a folder to your account, it will need to be configured in the desktop app preferences and anything you add to that folder will be synced to your decentralized Internxt account.

This is not necessarily a barrier for most users, as you can work from this synced folder. For experienced users, it would be nice if Internxt included a file manager. Maybe with a little encouragement, they will.

Once you’ve installed the Internxt desktop client (downloaded from your cloud account), you can open the app and change the location of your synced folder.


The desktop client download location.

After installation, open the Internxt client and click the gear icon to access the preferences. In the preferences, you can enable the service to run at startup and change the default folder.


Configuring Internxt from desktop client on macOS Monterey.

I had a problem with the desktop client on Pop! _OS Linux 22.04 and Ubuntu Desktop 22.04. Once the desktop client is launched, there is no way to start it. If I accidentally start it twice, I have two chances and the only way to kill them is to do it manually. Under macOS, pressing the Internxt icon in the top bar will bring up a context menu with two options: Show hide at quit.

One final issue is that you need to manually bookmark your local Internxt directory in your file manager. Again, not a problem, but this is something you need to know when setting up Internxt on your local machine for a good workflow.

Internxt isn’t perfect, but it’s one of the few decentralized cloud-friendly options out there. If you’re looking for a more secure service to meet your cloud storage needs, and you don’t want to deal with a lot of complicated configuration options and settings, Internxt is a great option. Hopefully in the future they will not only fix the Linux desktop app issue but also add file manager integration. If Internxt does both of these things, their service could be a serious competitor to already established solutions for cloud-based storage.


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