BoZoN: Slick and Simple File Sharing Web App for Your Server

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Aug 25, 2015 GMT
Dmitri Popov

When it comes to self-hosted file sharing web apps, you are spoiled for choice. But if you are looking for a simple and user-friendly app that is dead easy to deploy, you can do much worse than giving BoZoN a try. Written in PHP 5, BoZoN doesn't use any database back end and it has no dependencies. Deploying BoZoN on a server requires a few simple commands. Assuming that you have Git installed on the machine, switch to the document root of the web server, clone the project's GitHub repository, and make it writable by the server:

cd /var/www
git clone bozon
chown www-data -R bozon/

Point then your browser to (replace with the actual IP address or domain name of the server), and create a new account. Log in, and add the files you want to share by dropping them onto the upload area. To share an uploaded file, get the shared link by clicking on the appropriate icon, and send the link to the recipients. If you want to protect a file with a password, press the hamburger icon in the upper-left corner of BoZoN's main window to expand the sidebar and press the Manage Links button. Click then the Padlock icon next to the file you want to protect, and specify a password.

To keep tabs on the uploaded files, you can organize them into folders. To create a folder, enter the desired name into the Create a subfolder field in the sidebar and press OK. To move uploaded files into the created folder, press the Move file button in the sidebar and move the desired files. You can also upload files directly to a specific folder by first switching to it and then dragging files onto the upload area.

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