Dropbox vs Google Drive

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Dropbox vs Google Drive: What are the differences?

Dropbox: Build the power of Dropbox into your apps. Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more; Google Drive: Integrate your app with Google Drive. The Drive SDK gives you a group of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help you develop apps that integrate with Drive The core functionality of Drive apps is to download and upload files in Google Drive. However, the Drive SDK provides a lot more than just storage..

Dropbox and Google Drive can be primarily classified as "File Storage" tools.

Some of the features offered by Dropbox are:

  • Dropbox Chooser- Get files from Dropbox into your web app with just a few lines of JavaScript.
  • Sync API- Read and write to Dropbox from iOS & Android as if it were a local filesystem.
  • Core API- The basics. Upload, download, search, and more from your web or mobile app.

On the other hand, Google Drive provides the following key features:

  • Create & collaborate.- In Google Drive, you can create new documents, spreadsheets and presentations instantly. Work together at the same time, on the same doc, and see changes as they appear.
  • Work better with the products you use everyday.- Say goodbye to bulky email attachments. Send a link from Google Drive in Gmail and everyone has the same file, same version—automatically. Your pictures in Google Drive are instantly available in Google+, so you’re never more than one click away from sharing with your circles.
  • Powerful search.- Google Drive helps you get to your files faster. Search for content by keyword and filter by file type, owner and more. Google Drive can even recognize objects in your images and text in scanned documents.

"Easy to work with", "Free" and "Popular" are the key factors why developers consider Dropbox; whereas "Easy to use ", "Gmail integration" and "Enough free space" are the primary reasons why Google Drive is favored.

Lyft, StackShare, and Zillow are some of the popular companies that use Google Drive, whereas Dropbox is used by Lyft, StackShare, and MIT. Google Drive has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2070 company stacks & 1949 developers stacks; compared to Dropbox, which is listed in 1068 company stacks and 939 developer stacks.

Decisions about Dropbox and Google Drive
Noel Broda
Founder, CEO, CTO at NoFilter · | 4 upvotes · 5.3K views

Due to we are using G Suite for emails, Google Drive comes out of the box.

In Google Drive we keep save just some basic marketing files. We used it as a single repository to share files between designers and developers. Nothing more than that. In some moment we had some backups there, but just for security reasons, we removed it

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Pascal Vuylsteler

Key criteria for that choice. I needed a collaborative backup tool for a 15 people team. All people would have access to both their individual private space that should synchronize automatically to/from their desktop and various shared spaces, with various kinds of access rights. Only Box would allow high fine tuning of the access rights. Multi-platform was important too. The ease to transfer ownership of a folder from one departing colleague to their N+1 was a real plus.

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Pros of Dropbox
Pros of Google Drive
  • 432
    Easy to work with
  • 256
    Free
  • 215
    Popular
  • 175
    Shared file hosting
  • 168
    'just works'
  • 100
    No brainer
  • 79
    Integration with external services
  • 76
    Simple
  • 49
    Good api
  • 38
    Least cost (free) for the basic needs case
  • 10
    It just works
  • 7
    Convenient
  • 6
    Accessible from all of my devices
  • 5
    Command Line client
  • 3
    Can even be used by your grandma
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    Synchronizing laptop and desktop - work anywhere
  • 3
    Mac app
  • 3
    Sync API
  • 2
    Beautiful UI
  • 2
    Ability to pay monthly without losing your files
  • 2
    Extended version history
  • 2
    Delta synchronization
  • 2
    Cross platform app
  • 2
    Reliable
  • 1
    Cons
  • 1
    YC Company
  • 1
    Pros
  • 1
    What a beautiful app
  • 1
    The more the merrier
  • 1
    So easy
  • 1
    For when client needs file without opening firewall
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    Easy/no setup
  • 1
    Easy to work with
  • 1
    Everybody needs to share and synchronize files reliabl
  • 1
    Everybody needs to share and synchronize files reliably
  • 1
    Backups, local and cloud
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 0
    The more the merrier
  • 506
    Easy to use
  • 328
    Gmail integration
  • 311
    Enough free space
  • 270
    Collaboration
  • 249
    Stable service
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    Desktop and mobile apps
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    Offline sync
  • 79
    Apps
  • 74
    15 gb storage
  • 50
    Add-ons
  • 9
    Integrates well
  • 6
    Easy to use
  • 3
    Simple back-up tool
  • 2
    Linux terminal transfer tools
  • 2
    Amazing
  • 2
    Beautiful
  • 2
    Fast upload speeds
  • 2
    The more the merrier
  • 2
    So easy
  • 2
    Wonderful
  • 2
    It has grown to a stable in the cloud office
  • 1
    Butt
  • 1
    Best thing ever
  • 1
    G Suite integration
  • 0
    A
  • 0
    Got
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    307
  • 0
    WOW!!!!! i can make google slides
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    House

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Cons of Dropbox
Cons of Google Drive
  • 3
    Personal vs company account is confusing
  • 1
    Replication kills CPU and battery
  • 6
    Organization via web ui sucks
  • 2
    Not a real database

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What is Dropbox?

Harness the power of Dropbox. Connect to an account, upload, download, search, and more.

What is Google Drive?

Keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google Account. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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