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Overview on ways to access your data

Varasto's web UI is good for quickly:

  • fetching the occasional PDF/DOCX/etc. document
  • looking at photos
  • watching movies/videos
  • listening to music.

But there are times when you just need to interact with raw files on the OS level. This is why we have many interfaces to access your data - each with different pros and cons on use cases and OS support.


Feature/interface Web UI Network folders Cloning FUSE filesystem
Fast-changing data1 ☑️
Streaming2 ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
Open&edit in native apps3 On most cases ☑️ ☑️
(OS) Linux ☑️ ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
(OS) Windows ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
(OS) macOS ☑️ ☑️ ☑️
(OS) Android ☑️ ☑️
(OS) iOS ☑️ ☑️


We also have API for programmatic access, but the above summary is focused on end-users.

  1. Data that has very frequent changes, cannot be stored in Varasto. The only option is to have fast changes happen on another device and have Varasto take periodic snapshots. 

  2. You don't need to download the entire file collection to your device before using it. No storage space is used, because the files are streamed on-demand from Varasto server. 

  3. How well an interface lets you open&edit a file in your native app - e.g. open a photo in Photoshop for editing. Most (but not all apps) work well with network folders - but all apps work well with local files (= cloning or FUSE).