Store and share your files securely in the cloud with SURFdrive

Store, synchronise and share your documents easily with SURFdrive. SURFdrive is a personal cloudservice for the Dutch education and research. Your documents are kept safe and sound in our communitycloud. 


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About SURFdrive

SURFdrive is a personal cloud storage service for the Dutch education and research community, offering staff, researchers and students an easy way to store, synchronise and share files in the secure and reliable SURF community cloud.

Secure and simple data sharing

There is a secure alternative for commercial cloud services in the Dutch education and research community. SURFdrive offers staff, researchers and students an easy way to share and synchronise files within a secure community cloud with ample storage capacity. In order to offer users a secure and reliable service, all SURFdrive information security protocols meet high standards. The Legal Framework for Cloud Services serves as a guideline for all service-related agreements. SURFdrive complies with Dutch and European privacy legislation. For example, SURFdrive's conditions of use ensure safe usage, whereby users retain ownership of their own data. All data are securely stored within the Netherlands. Furthermore, SURF does not share information with third parties.

250 GB storage capacity

Users get 250 GB data storage capacity, and can access their files at all times from any location by means of offline synchronisation. Users can also grant guest users access to their personal files. All data transmitted over the networks is encrypted.

Access to SURFdrive

Education and research institutions purchase the SURFdrive service and manage user access. Users can easily access SURFdrive by logging into the SURFdashboard. This means that they can access their data via their own institutional login account. SURFdrive can be accessed from all widely used computers, tablets and smartphones running on Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS and Android.


Among other functionalities, SURFdrive offers:

  • offline synchronisation, ensuring that users have access to their files at all times
  • easy and secure file sharing within the education and research community
  • users can invite guest users to share documents
  • real-time insight into document edits by other users
  • optimised for smartphone and/or tablet use
  • 30-day backup and recovery
  • 99.5% availability

For institutions: making SURFdrive available to users

Institutions in education and research can make SURFdrive available to their users. Is your institution interested or would you like further information on SURFdrive? Check the SURFdrive information page for institutions or send an e-mail to

Personal data

Legal note: personal data are processed when you use this service. Your educational or research institution is legally accountable for the processing of this personal data and SURFnet has the role of processor on behalf of the institution. At the bottom of the FAQ page we give some general explanation about how your data is processed. For more information and specific questions you can contact your own institution.

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