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What is GatorBox?

GatorBox is an enhanced storage option for research data that features a Dropbox-like interface and is connected to HiPerGator.


The software that supports GatorBox is ownCloud, an easy-to-use file synchronization and sharing interface. We are running the Enterprise Edition of ownCloud.

GatorBox is part of the GatorCloud infrastructure, which also includes the OneDrive@UF storage option. These services are complementary, but distinct. The differences between the two services are shown in the table below.

GatorCloud Storage Option Comparison Chart
GatorBox OneDrive@UF
Storage Space Purchased via UFRC investment 1 TB free for UF faculty, staff, and students
Access through Dropbox-like web and client interface Yes Yes
Access from HiPerGator Yes No
Access as CIFS/SMB network drive Yes No
Replicate and share with SSERCA institutions Yes No
Store sensitive data No Yes, excluding PHI

Warning.png Please note: GatorBox should not be used to share, transfer, or store restricted or sensitive data such as protected health information (PHI), financial accounts, identification numbers, etc.

Do not store sensitive data

The official UF policy for the GatorBox storage system states that no sensitive data should be stored, transferred, or shared via the service.

Sensitive data includes:

  • Protected health information (PHI)
  • Credit or debit card numbers
  • Financial account numbers
  • Full or partial Social Security numbers
  • Driver’s License numbers
  • Passport numbers
  • Student educational records, including grades, UFID, photos
  • Information prohibited from export such as ITAR or EAR
  • Any other sensitive data that must be protected from public access

Using the web interface

To log in with the web interface:

  1. In your web browser, navigate to
  2. Authenticate with your GatorLink username and password.
  3. Initially, storage is presented as a small amount of buffer space that is provided to Research Computing customers and is accessible only from the ownCloud web interface and client applications.
  4. Users can connect existing Research computing storage to GatorBox. This is considered external storage. Please see our step-by-step instructions for configuring external storage.

The user manual for the ownCloud web interface is available in PDF format.

Download the sync client software

In addition to the web interface, ownCloud storage can be accessed via a convenient and fast client which is available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, and Android.


How to obtain ownCloud sync client software
Operating System
Mac OS
Download from the ownCloud website.
iOS Available for purchase from the Apple App store.
Android Available for purchase from the Google Play or Amazon App store.

We have an APK file for Android devices that you can manually install to avoid charges.

ownCloud will detect new versions of client software automatically and prompt you to upgrade.

The user manual for ownCloud client software is available in PDF format.

Sharing files and folders

You can share files and folders with others from GatorBox. Click here for detailed instructions.

GatorBox training

View a recording of the Introducting GatorBox training session (recorded September 25, 2014).