Mozilla had a free file sharing service called Firefox Send that helped users send self-destructing files over the Internet. The company had to suspend the service in July last year, as some users abused the service to spread malware. A few months later, Mozilla announced that it will close Firefox Send. If you’re missing out on the convenience that Firefox Send offers, you’ll be happy to hear that Send exists, a community-backed fork that keeps the project alive.
Send – A community-supported alternative to Firefox Send
Dutch developer Tim Visée is in charge of maintaining Send, a community-focused fork of Firefox Send. The open source project aims to keep the project up to date and alive. Notable changes to the project since Mozilla discontinued Firefox Send include removal of the Firefox brand for legal self-hosting, updated dependencies, report removal, token download, and trust warnings. You can check the source code of the project. on GitHub.
Upon reaching the instances, the person in charge of Send has hosted an instance of the website at Digital Ocean. You can use it to uploads up to 10GB of data and lasts for 7 days. Using the website is the same as using Firefox Send. If you’re hearing about Firefox Send for the first time, check out our previous guide on using Firefox Send for more information.
Similarly, other contributors have linked their self-hosted instances with different data upload capabilities and expiration limits on GitHub. You can view public instances available from here, but note that neither the maintainer nor we can guarantee the reliability and security of third-party instances. You also can choose to host your own instance following the steps in the project documentation.
If you liked the project and are interested in using it regularly, consider donating to maintainer to help pay the bills to keep the public body alive. In case you are looking for an alternative, I would recommend Wormhole, which is a project of the creator of WebTorrent. It offers 5 GB of space for 24 hours or up to 10 GB of P2P transfer. Except for the overwhelming UI animations, Wormhole is a viable alternative for file sharing with end-to-end encryption.
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