F*EX (Frams' Fast File EXchange) is a service to send big (large, huge,
giant, ...) files from a user A to a user B.
The sender uploads the file to the F*EX server using a
WWW upload form and the recipient
automatically gets a notification e-mail with a download-URL.
Why do I need another service for file transfer?!
I have e-mail, ftp, ssh and even sendfile!
You still need F*EX :-)
For example, you want to send your colleague your last lab data set (1 GB).
You have the following possibilities (and problems):
sending a DVD by postal service
Out of the question - we live in the year
after invention of the internet!
Sending media (hardware) is for grandpas.
Most e-mail servers have a limit of 10 MB per e-mail and a
storage-quota of a few 100 MB per user or even less.
Why not cuneiform writing on stone plates?
You have your communication partners password or you are willing to give him yours
- just for a file transfer?
- Using which ftp server?
- Using which account, which password?
- You do not mind sending unencrypted passwords and files over the insecure internet?
- Your proxy supports passive-ftp?
- In case of anonymous ftp:
- Does it allow 1 GB uploads?
- Does it allow to delete the upload afterwards?
- Who else can download your file?
- Who else can delete your file?
- You have to send your friend the download-URL, he has to
inform you about the successful download, you have to delete
All in all: a pain in the ass.
- No default upload and user management - must be programmed
- No auto-notification
- No auto-deletion
- Very few http servers can handle files greater than 2 GB
- You run UNIX and have sendfile installed?
- Your recipient runs UNIX and has sendfile installed?
- Neither you nor your recipient has a firewall blocking port 487?
commercial services like DropLoad, ALLPeers, YouSendIt, etc
- What limit do they have (most: < 2 GB)?
- What about security and privacy: will your files be save and secure?
- Are they open source based or closed proprietary?
- Are they accessible with any browser or do you need java, active-X, flash or other evil plugins?
- Will they exist longer than a few months?
(DropLoad, ALLPeers and drop.io already have terminated their business)
If you have answered only once "no" to the questions above, then you need
See also XKCD.
Main features of F*EX
- file transfer of virtually unlimited file size
- recipient and sender only need an e-mail program and a web browser -
of any kind, they do not have to install any software
- RESEND and REGET for resuming after link failures at last sent byte
- auto-notification of recipient
- auto-deletion after download
- auto-deletion after expiration date (default: 5 days)
- full-users can create one time upload URLs for foreign users
- full-users can create sub-users, who can send only to this full-user
- full-users can create groups, an analogy to mailing lists, but for files
- admin can allow (internal or external) user self-registration
- admin can allow upload to public recipients without authentification
- admin can allow upload for LAN users without registration (anonymous upload)
- sending to multiple recipients needs storage on the server only once
- F*EX is a HTTP web-service and needs no firewall-tunnels
- maintenance-free: no admin interaction necessary besides creating new F*EX accounts
- support for streams, too
- for real UNIX users, there are shell programs to avoid annoying
web browser usage
- protocol and source-code free available
See the full feature list,
the FAQ and
the use cases.
Interested in more software? See the UNIX fstools.