Box Client for Linux
Box might’ve left Linux users behind, but we haven’t. ExpanDrive is a powerful Box client for Linux that supports a full range of powerful Box features. It runs on Ubuntu, Red Hat, Linux Mint, CentOS, Debian and most other popular distributions. ExpanDrive is currently shipping a a desktop app and a server edition is coming soon.
ExpanDrive runs similarly to Box Drive, making your content available on-demand. You can configure ExpanDrive to mount the root of your Box account, or map it to a specific folder. In addition to a Linux client, ExpanDrive also runs on Mac and Windows and supports customization and enterprise distribution to help you deploy into large organizations.
Advantages over sync
Sync clients eat up large amounts of storage, keeping copies of all the files you might have access to locally rather than leaving them in the cloud and only downloading them on-demand. If you’re on the road with limited storage on your laptop, this takes up valuable space and bandwidth – often for files you don’t need.
Additionally, this method of access scales poorly as your organization grows in headcount and filecount. Using ExpanDrive as a native client to map a network drive to Box lets you have the best of both worlds.
Getting started – Download ExpanDrive
Debian based distributions
For Debian based distributions like Ubuntu start by download our latest .deb package. With modern versions of apt you can download and install the package using the apt command. This will also pull in the required dependencies.
sudo apt install ./ExpanDrive_MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH_amd64.deb
Alternatively you can install the package with dpkg, but then you’ll need to use apt to fulfill the dependencies.
Redhat based distributions
Download our latest RPM and use yum to install ExpanDrive and the required dependencies.
sudo yum localinstall ./ExpanDrive-MAJOR.MINOR.PATCH.x86_64.rpm
Box WebDAV is deprecated
One alternative you might’ve looked into is connecting to Box via WebDAV. WebDAV is a standard protocol with implementations on many operating systems. It doesn’t fully support the range of Box features and has somewhat questionable reliability as a permanent solution accessing your account, with poor speed and reconnection characteristics.
In the past the only way to get a native connection to Box on Linux was via WebDAV. Box announced in early 2010 support for this method of access will be going away in the near future, with all organizations encouraged to move to alternate methods of access.
“ExpanDrive lets you mount remote sftp drives and it actually works! I.e. no long delays or dropped connection in the middle of a save.”
Allan Odgaard, TextMate
“My first impression after reading ExpanDrive’s promotional description last week was that it sounded too good to be true. One week later, I’m pretty sure it actually is that good.”
John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Box Network Drive
ExpanDrive for Linux has a full featured file explorer as well as a fast network drive client. This builds support for Box into every application in your environment, including terminal apps and the file explorer.