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Pydio Logo
Pydio Cells Screenshot February 2020.png
Pydio Cells (Browser view)
Original author(s)Charles Du Jeu
Developer(s)Abstrium SAS (Paris, France)
Initial release16 May 2018; 3 years ago (2018-05-16) (Pydio Cells - Go version)
Stable release
2.2.2 (Pydio Cells - Go version), 8.2.4 (last Pydio PHP version)
Repositorycells on GitHub
Written inGo (Pydio Cells), PHP (Pydio PHP version)
Operating system
PlatformX86-64 (Pydio Cells; ARM under development), any that runs PHP (Pydio PHP version)
  • Server:
    ~190 MB (Go version, depending on the platform)
Available in11 languages[1]
List of languages
English (UK), English (US), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latvian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Swedish, Vietnamese
TypeCloud storage, File sharing, Data synchronization
LicenseGNU AGPLv3.0

Pydio Cells, previously known as just Pydio and formerly known as AjaXplorer, is an open-source file-sharing and synchronisation software that runs on the user's own server[2] or in the cloud.[3]


The project was created by musician Charles Du Jeu[4] (current CEO and CTO) in 2007 under the name AjaXplorer.[5] The name was changed in 2013 and became Pydio (an acronym for Put Your Data in Orbit).[6] In May 2018, Pydio switched from PHP to Go with the release of Pydio Cells.[7] The PHP version reached end-of-life state on 31 December 2019.[8]

Pydio Cells runs on any server supporting a recent Go version (Windows/Linux/macOS on the Intel architecture is directly supported; a fully-functional working ARM implementation is under active development[9]).

The current offering of Pydio, known as Pydio Cells, has been developed from scratch using the Go programming language.[10] Nevertheless, the web-based interface of Cells is very similar to the one from Pydio 8 (in PHP), and it successfully replicates most of the features, while adding a few more. There is also a new synchronisation client (also written in Go).[11] The PHP version is being phased out as the company's focus is moving to Pydio Cells, with community feedback on the new features.[12] According to the company, the switch to the new environment was made "to overcome inherent PHP limitations and provide you with a future-proof and modern solution for collaborating on documents".[13]

From a technical point of view, Pydio differs from solutions such as Google Drive or Dropbox.[14] Pydio is not based on a public cloud,[15] the software indeed connects to the user's existing storages (SAN / Local FS, SAMBA / CIFS, (s)FTP, NFS, etc...) as well as to the existing user directories (LDAP / AD, SAML, Radius, Shibboleth...)[16],[15] which allows companies to keep their data inside their infrastructure, according to their data security policy[17] and user rights management.[15]

The software is built in a modular perspective; various plugins[18] allow administrators to implement extra features.[19]

Pydio is available either through a community distribution,[2] or an Enterprise Distribution.[20]


  • File sharing between different internal users and across other Pydio instances[21]
  • SSL/TLS Encryption
  • WebDAV file server
  • Creation of dedicated workspaces, for each line of business / project / client, with a dedicated user rights management for each workspace.[22]
  • File-sharing with external users (private links, public links, password protection, download limitation, etc.)[23]
  • Online viewing and editing of documents with Collabora Office (the Enterprise Distribution also offers OnlyOffice integration)[24]
  • Preview and editing of image files
  • Integrated audio and video reader

Client applications are available for all major desktop and mobile platforms.[25]

See also


  1. ^ Translation is mostly done by volunteers in Crowdin
  2. ^ a b Thomas Saliou (2016-08-19). "How to Deploy On-Premise File Sharing and Sync with Pydio". ProgrammableWeb. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ "Pydio". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  4. ^ Christophe Lagane (2013-12-13). "Start-up : Pydio, le partage de fichiers qui surfe sur la peur de Prism" [Pydio, file-sharing which surfs on the fear of Prism] (in French). Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  5. ^ "About-Us - Pydio". 22 January 2019.
  6. ^ van 't Ende, Ben (May 19, 2016). "The future of sharing: integrating Pydio and ownCloud". Retrieved 26 August 2016.
  7. ^ "First Cells Release". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-03-24.
  8. ^ "Why migrate from Pydio 8 to Cells?". Pydio. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  9. ^ Bruno Sinou (2020-02-03). "Raspberry 4 / ARMV7 image". Pydio Forums. Retrieved 2021-03-09.
  10. ^ "Pydio Re-Invents Open Source File Sharing For The Enterprise" (PDF). Pydio. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  11. ^ "CellsSync 0.9.1 - First public release for Cells desktop sync client". Pydio. 2019-11-07. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  12. ^ "Pydio 8 vs Pydio Cells - Which version should I install?". 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  13. ^ "Pydio Cells reaches stable state!". Pydio. 2018-05-16. Retrieved 2020-02-28.
  14. ^ Cyrille Chausson (2013-12-04). "Pydio et Red Hat, ensemble pour attaquer le marché français des " Box " d'entreprises" [Pydio and Red Hat come together to attack the French market for enterprise "boxes"] (in French). LeMagIT (TechTarget). Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  15. ^ a b c Maryse Gros (2014-12-03). "Pydio adapte le partage de fichiers à l'entreprise" [Pydio adapts file-sharing for the enterprise] (in French). fr:Le Monde Informatique. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  16. ^ Only on Pydio 8.X (PHP edition); Pydio Cells is much more limited
  17. ^ Mikael Ricknäs (2016-06-03). "French startups are taking a more privacy centric approach file sharing". PC World. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  18. ^ "Plugin Architecture". 2016-06-03. Archived from the original on 2016-09-16. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  19. ^ "Pydio Plugin List".
  20. ^ Emilien Ercolani (2015-12-09). "Partage de fichiers : Pydio accélère et dévoile une version pour les entreprises" [Pydio speeds up and unveils an enterprise version] (in French). L'Informaticien. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  21. ^ "Pydio Core 6.4.0 - Sharing, UX, Performances". 2016-03-29. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  22. ^ Dmitri Popov (2015-03-12). "Pydio-Tutorial" (in German). de:Pro-Linux. Retrieved 2016-09-27.
  23. ^ "Pydio, ou le partage sécurisé en ligne" [Pydio, or secure online sharing] (in French). Demat Infos. 2015-12-08. Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  24. ^ "[ED] Only office". Pydio. 2021-01-28. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  25. ^ "How To Host a File Sharing Server with Pydio on Ubuntu 14.04". DigitalOcean. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-09-27.

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