pCloud, an excellent cloud storage service, with a multiplatform client


To this day the using a cloud storage service is the most common, above all because there is a large number of services from which we can choose, In addition to the fact that many of the services we use usually offer us their own service, such is the case of email services, say Microsoft with Outlook, Google with Gmail, Yandex with their service, just to mention a few.

If we remember at least 5-6 years ago the cloud storage service was not that popular and many used to still store photos, videos, music, etc. on hard drives or USB / SD memory sticks.

But that has changed thanks to the cloud, Although this has its followers and those who flatly refuse to use it Due to the fear that the information they store may be lost from one moment to another or simply because they do not want to put their data in the hands of third parties, the point is that the service has become quite popular and has evolved according to the demand for its users.

Here at this point the operating system plays a fundamental role, Well, as such, not many services are compatible with Linux and here is why a service ends up being discarded by a Linux user.

For me, in this article I come to recommend one, which is pCloud and to date It has served me very well and above all that I have found in it a great tool for the portability of my information.

But first of all I would like to give you a little introduction of what it is pCloud. This is a free cloud storage service which it offers 10 GB of space, although the conditions to increase it to 20 GB can be met at no cost.

For its part, something that I quite like about pCloud is that has clients for both desktop computers with support for Windows, Linux, as well as for mobile (iOS, Android) in addition to the fact that the client installation in Linux is basically through an AppImage file, which is enough to give it the execution permissions and the client will be installed on any Linux distribution that supports this type of package.

Among its characteristics that stand out, we can find:

  • Up to 20GB of free storage.
  • No speed limits
  • There are no file size limits
  • You get 50GB of download link traffic every month
  • Easily filter all your files by type, like images, audio, video, documents, etc.
  • Upload entire folders through the website
  • You can search all your files from the website and mobile app
  • Share files with non-pCloud users
  • Stream multimedia files
  • Add files from a remote URL
  • Supports offline files
  • Option for anyone to upload files to their account via a shared URL
  • Send files to your account with a unique email address
  • Be able to connect to your account through WebDAV
  • Backup Facebook and Instagram Photos to pCloud
  • Be able to manage shares from the website, desktop software, and mobile app
  • Favorite folders for quick access
  • Option to enable auto upload of photos / videos from mobile app

How to get a free account on pCloud Drive?

Before going to the application administrator installation method, it is necessary that we have a service account to be able to use it, we can do this from the following link.

By just creating our account we will immediately get 10 GB of free storage. From the web we can get extra GB, of which we can earn an additional 4 by following the steps indicated.

How to install pCloud Drive on Linux?

If you want to install this cloud storage service, we can do it by following the instructions we share below.

First we must go to the official website of pCloud Drive and in its download section we can obtain the administrator of the application for Linux. Link is this.

Our offer a file in AppImage format which we must assign execution permissions which we can do with the following command:

sudo chmod a+x pcloud.AppImage

Done this we can run pCloud Drive manager on the system by double clicking on the downloaded file or in the same way we can do it from the terminal by executing the following command:


Once this is done, the administrator will be open in the system.

Once the administrator of the application is open, it will ask us to access the service with our access credentials.

And ready with it, we will have activated the virtual disk that the service offers us to be able to manage our files in the cloud and have access to them from any device.

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  1.   Chema Gomez said

    Thanks for the warning. I was looking for something outside of Dropbox, GDrive, and the like. We will test it and if it works the way I need it, it will replace more than one of the above accounts.

  2.   Jose Luis said

    Hello! Interesting service. However, I find a great difficulty compared to Dropbox or even Nextcloud. In these services, the folders are physically on our computer, and they are synchronized with the service. They are not in this service; and it works directly against the server. This is a problem because, for example, the file indexer and browser (which I use constantly) does not work properly, and I waste a lot of time. In addition, sometimes I have not even saved modifications to files (this is very dangerous). I see that they give an option to expressly say that a folder that I have locally be synchronized with another in pCloud; but it seems that I would have to do it with each and every one I have, so I would also waste a lot of time synchronizing everything.

  3.   Lisardo Nephew Fernandez said

    I think it does not support webDAV. I have been using it for years and I am not aware of that possibility in Pcloud. Once, a long time ago, I asked them and they said no. If now there is that possibility, I would be very interested if you explain how.

    A greeting.

    1.    Albert said

      If it supports webDAV. For it to work you have to disable 2FA authentication. You have to bear in mind that if you have an EU account you have to choose the server https://ewebdav.pcloud.com and if you have a US region account, the server would be htpps: //webdav.pcloud.com.

  4.   Chemi said

    I use it since gdrive limited the upload of encrypted daily backups a few years ago and without any problem, with rclone it goes like a shot and I have never had problems with limits, speed or availability. And all because if google does not upload something that he can index and "use" he is not interested as a client (I am totally clear with the answer they gave me when the limitation started to happen to me), a shame although the change it was for the better without a doubt.

  5.   dani said

    It only reaches me up to 10Gb and I have done everything it says, install the app, the desktop program, upload files, synchronize, etc.

    Does anyone know how to get up to 20 Gb?

  6.   Pedro said

    And why not promote services based on free software like Nextcloud or Seafile? Because if we use free software to depend on the services of others, in the end there is no difference with proprietary software.