There are many solutions on how you can build a Raspberry Pi NAS (Network attached storage). We will take you through just a few of the choices you have.
Each piece of software has its pros and cons. Some are better at specific tasks than others. There is a lot to take into consideration.
On this page, we highlight a wide range of software packages ranging from a simple FTP server right through to a “cloud” setup.
We will update this page with more Raspberry Pi NAS solutions once we have more tutorials. If you have any recommendations, then be sure to let us know.
Network Attached Storage Protocols
Raspberry Pi Network File System (NFS)
NFS or network file system is a network file protocol originally developed by Sun Microsystems. Much like the other protocols, this too allows a way to share files on your network.
If Samba or AFP doesn’t take your fancy, then you should certainly consider using this protocol. It is still widely used and a reliable alternative to the other protocols.
Cloud Software Packages
Raspberry Pi Nextcloud
Nextcloud is very similar to Owncloud since it is a fork of it. It’s a very active project and is being worked on by the original Owncloud developer and some of the original team.
The web interface is visually nice and perfect if you love easy to use interfaces. Again, it’s ideal for sharing files locally and over the internet.