The simple but elegant file-sharing solution

YouTransfer is a simple but elegant self-hosted file transfer & sharing solution. It is an alternative to paid services like Dropbox and WeTransfer by offering similar features but without limitations, price plans and a lengthy privacy policy. You remain in control of your files.

Created to be installed behind the firewall on private servers, YouTransfer aims to empower organisations and individuals that wish to combine easy-to-use file transfer tooling with security and control.

"Gotta give this a try!"

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Quick Start using Docker

If you wish to run YouTransfer in your own environment without any modifications, the Docker image is the quickest and easiest approach. All you have to do is install docker and run:

docker pull remie/youtransfer:stable

Once the image has been downloaded, start the application with the following command:

docker run -d 
-v [path_to_upload_folder]:/opt/youtransfer/uploads 
-v [path_to_config_folder]:/opt/youtransfer/config 
-p 80:5000 

You can now connect to YouTransfer by browsing to http://[docker_host_ip]/
For more information on Docker deployment, please read the Docker installation instructions.

Self-hosted using NodeJS

If you wish to install YouTransfer directly from source, you will need to install NodeJS. Download the latest release zip file from GitHub or clone the repository from

To install YouTransfer, run npm install in the application directory.
After installation, start YouTransfer with PORT=[port] npm start.

You can now connect to YouTransfer by browsing to http://localhost:[port]/
For more information on hosting YouTransfer please read the hosting instructions.

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Additional resources


You can read more about how to install and use YouTransfer on the project's GitHub wiki pages. This includes instructions on how to create your own NodeJS project using YouTransfer as a template, which is especially useful for companies that want to apply custom branding and add additional features.


YouTransfer is an Open Source project hosted on GitHub. If you wish to contribute (hurray!) to YouTransfer, make sure to:

  1. Fork the project on GitHub and clone it
  2. Get your local development environment up and running with npm install, npm run dev and npm run app
  3. Work on one of the existing issues, or on your own feature.
  4. Discuss your work on Gitter
  5. Test your work with npm test
  6. Make sure to upmerge the latest version of master into your fork / branch.
  7. Send a pull request when you're done! Make sure to update / include unit tests (we aim to have 100% code coverage) and check JSHint (we're very proud of our 4.0 GPA at Code Climate). Pull requests will be automatically build by Travis CI.

You're pull requests will be reviewed and if approved it will be merged. Make sure to be available to discuss your pull request and make changes if required.


YouTransfer is an open source project and as such supported by the community. Any issues or feature requests can be submitted to the project's issue tracker. If you have specific questions for support or custom implementations of YouTransfer, please contact us. You can send an email (info at or a direct message on Twitter (@youtransfer).

Legal stuff

YouTransfer is licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); You may obtain a copy of the License at Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied.See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

The YouTransfer project relies heavily on 3rd-party Open Source projects. These projects all have their own licenses. Although commercial use of the YouTransfer project is permitted under the Apache 2.0 license, this right is limited to the "original content" created as part of this project. Please make sure you check the licenses of all 3rd-party components. The YouTransfer project cannot be held responsible for non-compliance with 3rd-party licenses when using this application. The use of 3rd-party projects is listed in the dependency section of the package.json file or inline in the code (when applicable).

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