Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Computer and Media Service


File sharing and collaboration for groups, and also personal and synchronized data storage

The HU-Box, based on the software „Seafile“, is a secure and also mobile storage for files.
All files are in one place (in the data center of the Computer and Media Service
) and can be accessed worldwide from any net-enabled device.
The HU-Box allows file sharing and collaboration for groups and provides a personalized and synchronized data storage. Files can also be shared with HU externals to enable a cross-institutional collaboration of researchers and research groups.

Seafile organises files into libraries. Each library can be synced to any desktop computer, including Windows, Mac and Linux. Users can also selectively sync any folder. Libraries and folders can be shared to users or groups, with read-only or read-write permissions. Finer-grained permissions can be set to sub-folders after a folder is shared. Files can be shared to external users via sharing links. Sharing links can be protected by passwords and support setting an expiration date. Seafile supports file locking to prevent concurrent editing of files and generating of conflicts files. Users can lock files in web UI or desktop clients. Office files are automatically locked when they’re opened. Seafile keeps versions for files and snapshots for folders. Users can restore a file or folder to an old version easily (the standard history setting is 30 days).



The HU-Box is currently in pilot operation.



The file sync and sharing service offers a range of possible applications that facilitate everyday IT work and provide evident advantages for users which are:

  • Easy synchronizing of files users wish to access quickly and from anywhere (mobile sync & share of “My Documents” with different devices (desktop, tablet, mobile phone)
  • Storing and accessing files with all common operating systems (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS, Android)
  • Platform-spanning access via web browser
  • Teamwork of several users and project-based cooperation of scattered teams (project and group drives)
  • Data storage as well as backup of important files, if no other backup solutions are available (network drive and storage)
  • Useful alternative to USB sticks, CD, DVD, Blu-ray, external hard drives and NAS devices as well as for sending large attachments by mail


Further Information



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