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This is pretty awesome. I just found a piece of open source file sharing web software called Bozon for when you want to host your own web files, but just make it simple and not have any admin overhead. Once running, all you need to do is upload the files you want to share to your server and then email the link. It’s that simple. Setup takes about five minutes, end to end.

To install Bozon, on your Linux box, assuming you have apache or nginx running and in operation, just do this..

cd /var/www
sudo su
git clone bozon

It pulls the git repository down. If you need to install git, it’s just

sudo apt install git


[sudo] password for username: 
Cloning into 'bozon'...
remote: Counting objects: 1478, done.
remote: Total 1478 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 1478
Receiving objects: 100% (1478/1478), 1.95 MiB | 567 KiB/s, done.
Resolving deltas: 100% (783/783), done.

You now have


with all the relevant files therein. Set the privs.

sudo chown www-data -R bozon/

Now link to this directory from your server. Let’s say you have a site structure like this and you want to put bozon in site03.

|-- var
\-- www
    |-- bozon
    |-- site01
    |-- site02
    |-- site03
        |-- code
        |-- js
        \-- html
    \-- site04

Let’s add a link.

cd /var/www/site03
sudo ln -s /var/www/bozon/

Right, that should be everything. Install is complete. Surf to and create a first time user and just begin using it.

Upload the files you want and when they upload, click the link share icon to reveal the URL to the file. Mail your friends the link. Simple.

Naturally, you are strongly advised to use https for reasons that should be fairly obvious.

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