Tuesday Tip: Find a file service or make OneDrive work with sync

Icon showing a computer and iOS devices synchronizingOur synchronization technology for DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go supports direct connections via the local network, Dropbox, and WebDAV.

WebDAV is a standard protocol for connecting to file services over the internet. You can mount WebDAV servers in the Finder just like a remote hard drive, upload and download files, or move things around. It’s a solid standard and DEVONthink can use it for managing its sync stores, folders containing all the files needed for synchronizing one or more databases between multiple devices.

But what if you’ve just paid for a OneDrive plan? Or if you haven’t signed up for an internet-based storage service at all yet?

Option 1: Sign up for a file service with WebDAV

For one you can sign up for a free or paid account, usually depending on your storage needs, at one of the many file service providers that offer also WebDAV access. Free Online Backup Services has a great list for you to choose from. And DEVONthink (To Go) has even a direct option for CloudMe because we’ve found it to be a fast and reliable service.

Option 2: Make OneDrive & Co. talk WebDAV

If you already have a good storage plan but your service of choice doesn’t support WebDAV then StorageMadeEasy’s CloudDAV might be an option. You sign up for one of their solutions and connect your favorite service, e.g. OneDrive, Google Drive, or Amazon S3, to it. You can even “cloudify” your old-fashioned but reliable FTP server in your basement. Here’s a long and complete list of services they support.

You might wonder why DEVONthink doesn’t support other popular services. The answer is that there are simply too many services out there that all have their own, special way of connecting to them. So instead of wearing ourselves down with writing connection modules for each individual service we’re focusing on improving our applications.

5 Responses to “Tuesday Tip: Find a file service or make OneDrive work with sync”

  1. Andy says:

    Ok guys, I have to say, I’m a long time DEVONthink fan and user but this whole cloud thing sounds a bit weird. You guys have always said that you supported WebDAV and that’s it because it took a lot of effort to integrate with Dropbox and iCloud and etc. Ok, that was disappointing but not a huge deal. But now you’ve decided to support one and it’s CloudMe? What the heck is CloudMe and why in the world would anyone want THEM as their cloud storage solution when the big players are practically giving space away at this point? I don’t get it, really. Also, the major services have gotten a lot easier to integrate and iCloud, which used to be sketch at best, is pretty damned solid now. I’m sorry, this just doesn’t pass the sniff test.

  2. Andy says:

    Ok, now I’m really confused. Was this an old post? It has a 2018 date on it. I ask because I hadn’t looked at the sync options in a while and DEVONthink Pro seems to support iCloud and Dropbox for sync now. Ok, my apologies, I must have misread something. In my defense, I confuse easily on many things so don’t take it personally, lol.

  3. Jim Neumann says:

    @Andy: CloudMe is not an unknown entity. It is more well known in Europe, but accessible in the States.
    Also, “the big players” who are “giving away free space” aren’t necessarily as reliable. In all my experience, CloudMe has been very stable and reliable as a Sync location. Much more stable and reliable than “the big players”.

  4. Matt says:

    What about Box.com? Is that support being removed?

  5. @Matt, @Andy: Both Box.com and CloudMe provide a WebDAV interface; we have just added comfortable configuration options for them but they don’t require us to reinvent the wheel.