On May 31st several news sites in India began to report that Wetransfer was blocked by ISPs in India. This was a result of an order from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or TRAI. The question arises, what are the alternative services that offer features similar to WeTransfer?

The core issue behind this was an order dated May 18th, which recommended blocking the service citing “national security and public interest.”

As on June 2, 2020- the day I am publishing this post, Wetransfer is still available on some internet networks, as well as via VPN or Virtual Private Networks. But that may not be the case with everyone, and it is likely that the ban may have an impact over the long run.

Ban and its impact

Many businesses, freelancers, and individuals use services such as Wetransfer to exchange files across offices or continents. Such services offer speed, convenience, and in some cases, privacy. We will discuss the features of such services in detail below. But here is a real life (and recent) example:

We are working with a new audio editor for editing episodes for Baalgatha podcast. The editor had completed their work and wanted to send the files over to us. He sent us a message on WhatsApp, asking if he could send files via WeTransfer. The below image tells the rest of the story. We use a different tool, Koofr, for managing our media files. You can read about it in the backstory section at the end of this post.

Exchange over WhatsApp about ban on WeTransfer- Blog of Amar Vyas
Real life WhatsApp Exchange regarding WeTransfer ban

The Short List of Alternatives to WeTransfer

As soon as the news about the blockage was published, many publications posted articles like “3 alternatives to WeTransfer”. You can read a couple of them here and here. But they mostly cite the usual suspects: Google Drive and Dropbox, with only one real alternative each, Firefox send and Smash. However, the list is much bigger. Below I have included a much more comprehensive list of sites that can be good alternatives to WeTransfer.

https://youtu.be/t-b4R7xHO7o

The Long List of Alternatives to WeTransfer

I developed this list by looking up on resources like similarweb, alternativeto, and Capterra. In addition, I read up reviews on Forums such as Reddit. In no particular order, the alternatives are:

Ezybox

Ezybox is a free service that offers transfer of files via web browser and an Android app. The files are secured using AES-256 encryption. Maximum file size is 5 GB, and multiple file sharing or upload is allowed. The files are stores for 7 days. Signing in offers greater control, such as showing past links, adding or removing files, and customising the logo for download page.

Screenshot of Ezybox file sharing service. Blog of Amar Vyas
Ezybox file sharing service

SendGB

Highlights: Sendgb does not require you to register in order to send files. The upper limit of file size is 5 GB, that is, you can send files upto 5 GB in size. You can upload multiple files, but not folders. Folder will have to be zipped. One link can be shared with upto 20 people. The files are encrypted, password protection is available.

Screenshot of SendGB file sharing service. Blog of Amar Vyas
SendGB File sharing service

Filetransfer.io

Free version: File size has a limit of 6GB with your family. Files stay ‘live’ for 3 weeks.

screenshot showing Plans for FileTransfer.io File sharing service. Blog of Amar Vyas
screenshot showing Plans for FileTransfer.io File sharing service.

ge.tt

Screenshot showing ge.tt file transfer service. Blog of Amar Vyas
ge.tt file sharing service

Firefox Send

 

screenshot showing Homepage of Firefox Send file transfer service. Blog of Amar Vyas
Homepage of Firefox Send file transfer service

Volafile

screenshot of Volafile - File sharing and transfer service. Blog of Amar Vyas
Volafile – File sharing and transfer service

Smash

Screenshot of smash - File sharing and transfer service. Blog of Amar Vyas
Smash file sharing and transfer service
Comparison of Alternatives to Wetransfer-Blog of Amar Vyas
Comparison of alternatives to Wetransfer. Click on image to view in a separate window.

Alternative to Wetransfer: Other File Sharing Services

pCloud is a cloud storage service that allows sharing and transfer of files

Filepizza Allows transfer of files through the browser itself

Wesendit offers features similar to WeTransfer.

Screenshot of Wesendit file stransfer service. Blog of Amar Vyas
Wesendit is another Europe based service that follows a ‘fremium’ model

Hightail (formerly Yousendit) is a similar service, they also offer a freemium model with pricing plans ranging from Free to $ 36/month for a Business Plan.

Another notable mention is Telegram– you can send files upto 1.5 GB

Logo of Telegram Messenger. Source; Wikipedia. Blog of Amar Vyas
You can send files via Telegram Messenger or WhatsSpp

 

KPN filetransfer (suggested by user debaser on LES)

Uplovd they allow 20 GB of files, and I liked that they have a page in Hindi. Upvold is from the same folks who developed Piratebay. Bute now they also offer a file sharing service called Bayfiles. You may notice that their interfaces are quite similar.

Screenshot showing Hindi interface of uplovd file sharing site. Blog of Amar Vyas
Uplovd allows file upload and sharing upto 20 GB
Screenshot of Bayfiles file sharing service
Bayfiles file sharing service
SecureSend File Sharing Service.Blog of Amar Vyas
SecureSend File Sharing Service
Screeenshot of Heyants file sharing service. Blog of Amar Vyas
Heyants File sharing service
Sending upto 1 GB of files via Kuiksend
meerodrop-alternative to WeTransfer. Blog of Amar Vyas
Merodrop is another alternative to WeTransfer
Image by Amar Vyas- 15 Alternatives to WeTransfer. Blog of Amar Vyas
Image by Amar Vyas- 15 Alternatives to WeTransfer

Onionshare uses the TOR service, as per their github page,

“Open OnionShare, drag and drop files and folders into it, and click “Start Sharing”. A secret .onion URL such as http://asxmi4q6i7pajg2b.onion/egg-cain will be presented for you to share.”

onionshare website

Self Hosted Alternatives to WeTransfer

Services like Owncloud, Nextcloud, Projectsend and Pydio can also offer ways to share files. Also Seafile (thanks user vimalware on Lowendspirit blog for the suggestion). In the community edition of seafile, unregistered users can upload to a password-protected folder.

screenshot showing Self hosted file sharing services. Blog of Amar Vyas
Self hosted file sharing services

If You Prefer the Command Line

This post lists the following options:

Backstory: using WeTransfer for gaathastory

Back in 2019, we were working with an audiobook publisher and we were trying to send them our media files. At that point in time, we used a different service. But that service kept crashing every now and then, forcing us to look for ways to send the files over to the publisher. Someone recommended WeTransfer. That sowed the seeds for the present system we use at gaatha story.

I will write about it in a separate post, but long story short, we use Koofr which is another cloud storage service. It also allows password protected sharing of files and folders, and one can define the time limit for access to the shared files.

Summing it up

When I had launched the underworldstartup blog, I was planning to write a post about WeTransfer and its sister services including Paste. In the process, I had also created a draft post. Now that blog is a part of this blogging site, it is apt that the current ban on Wetransfer in India proved to the trigger for me writing this post.

Update: You can find a short presentation that I created on Slideshare on this topic. You can view it below.

https://www.slideshare.net/AmarDeshpande2/what-are-the-alternatives-to-wetransfer
Presentation on alternatives to WeTransfer

Which file sharing services do you use? Write in the comments below.


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