With Runbox Files you can easily store all your files online and access them from any computer anywhere in the world. By keeping your files centralized on the Runbox servers you can always stay synchronized, backup your data with the click of a mouse, save email attachments online for later use, and even edit them with Microsoft Office applications.
Using Runbox Files
Runbox Files is accessible from the "Files" main menu option, and is similar to the Webmail interface with the folder hierarchy to the left and folder contents to the right. New files can be uploaded via the "Upload" link in the submenu, and both files and foldes can be managed using the buttons below the folder list or by drag-and-drop (Internet Explorer only). You can also attach files from your Files area to outgoing email when composing new messages, and you can save attachments from incoming messages to Files.
Uploading a file that already exists in the folder will not replace the existing file. You must first rename or delete the existing file then you can upload the new file. This is only an issue with the Files web interface, uploading with an FTP client will successfully replace the file.
If you ever log in to find two listings of each file in your account, do NOT delete one of the copies, as this deletes the actual file permanently. This is a database bug; there aren't actually two copies of the files on disk.
Runbox Files can also be accessed via FTP with many different clients, so that you can choose the method that best fits your purposes. Note that most of the descriptions below pertains to relatively new versions of Microsoft Windows, although they most likely work with other operating systems as well.
The easiest way to transfer files is via FTP by using a regular web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape.
- Open ftp://ftp.runbox.com in your browser, and log in with your Runbox username and password. You may want to check the "Save password" box (if present) so that you will be logged on automatically next time.
- Upon logging in you will see a list of all files and folders you have previously stored on the server (otherwise you will see an empty window).
- Your files can now be opened, copied to your computer, deleted, or renamed using the browser menu, keyboard shortcuts, or right-clicking. You can also drag files directly from the Files window onto your desktop. Likewise you can drag files from your desktop or file manager (e.g. Windows Explorer) onto the Files window, or use "Copy and Paste" to copy them to the server. Note: Uploading files requires a relatively new browser version.
If you use both FTP and the web interface to access Files, please click the "Refresh" link in the Files section to synchronize the web interface after uploading or deleting files via FTP.
Setting up Runbox Files in Windows
You can easily set up your computer so that Runbox Files is always available as a folder in Windows Explorer under My Network Places.
On Windows XP
- Open Explorer and select "Map Network Drive..." from the Tools menu.
- Click the "Sign up for online storage or connect to a network server" link in the dialog box that appears. Click [Next].
- Select "Choose another network location". Click [Next] again.
- Enter "ftp://ftp.runbox.com" (without the quotes) in the input field, and click [Next].
- Uncheck the "Log on anonymously" check box and enter your Runbox username. Click [Next].
- Enter a name for the network place, and click [Next].
- Click [Finish].
Using Runbox Files with Microsoft Office
When opening or saving a file you will see an entry at the bottom of the location drop down menu called "Add/modify FTP locations". Choosing this will display a dialog box where you enter server name (ftp.runbox.com), Runbox username, and password. After clicking "OK" you can open and save documents directly to your Runbox Files area.
Because Runbox Files utilizes FTP (File Transfer Protocol) you can use a dedicated FTP client of your choice to connect to the service, for instance FileZilla
. Set up a new connection using the following information:
- Server name: ftp.runbox.com
- Port number: 21 (default)
- Your Runbox username and password