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File Sharing Market Trends

ID: MRFR//8864-CR | 236 Pages | Author: Ankit Gupta| November 2020

File Sharing Market Overview


The File Sharing Market size is expected to reach USD 28.77 Billion by the year 2032 while registering a solid CAGR of 9.50%. The File Sharing market is witnessing a higher growth rate in recent years, as the industries have facilitated the management and other essential operations from remote locations. Data transferring is an essential process yet basic routine operations of any business activity. The File sharing software is installed to securely synchronize and share the large files of various types between multiple sources. The file-sharing software is used to prevent data security issues as well. File sharing software possesses several attractive functionalities which increase the demand of the File Sharing market value.


The common features of the file-sharing software include transferring, anti-virus scanning, encryption and data corruption, and prevention of loss protocols. The industries are generating gigabytes of data every day which are transferred to the employees. Such processes are carried out by the File sharing software solutions. The File sharing software solutions include the protocols like peer-to-peer networking modules, centralized servers, online-based hyperlinked documents, and manual sharing of transportable data. Industries opt for suitable File sharing software according to their necessity among the cloud-based, hybrid, and on-premises deployment types.


Figure 1: File Sharing Market Size, 2024-2032 (USD Billion)


File Sharing Market Overview 2024


Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review


Industry News of File Sharing Market



  • On Feb. 07, 2023, WeTransfer, a file-sharing service, announced a partnership with Minima, a Blockchain Platform, to launch a mobile non-fungible tokens (NFT) solution on the network. The new NFT solution will allow users to generate NFTs directly from their phones. Minima is a layer 1 blockchain and peer-to-peer network optimized for mobile use. WeTransfer's ultra-lean protocol will allow users to run a full constructing and validating node, creating a fully decentralized network.

  • On Feb. 11, 2023, WhatsApp, a popular instant messaging app, announced an increased file-sharing limit and a new video recording mode for the iOS platform. The new feature facilities a camera mode for hands-free video recording and sharing up to 100 media files in a chat simultaneously. 

  • Both features are currently available on the beta version of the iOS app, and their wider rollout will take place later. WhatsApp continually works on new features to stand out in a competitive market, and it has now decided to roll out facilities to make file sharing and video recording easier.


COVID 19 Analysis


The COVID 19 has impacted several companies adversely. To continue the vita business operations, the industrial sectors are forced to work from remote places. The restrictions on the movement have halted the logistics of raw materials and hampered the production of various enterprises. However, companies are increasingly transforming to digital technologies. Advanced technologies like cloud, AI, IoT are increasing the pace of digital transformation. Such factors have aided the increase in the File sharing market value.


The necessity of transferring confidential data has increased since professionals are working from remote places. Though the IT sector has already started converting to digitalization, the transferring of data and storing of data has increased recently. Several companies are utilizing the work-from-home situation to their strengths by utilizing advanced technological systems like cloud storage, AI, and others.


Market dynamics


Market drivers


Currently, new trends have been emerging; secure cloud-based solutions, faster internet speed that enables data sharing effortlessly, data security protocols, attractive functionalities to protect the critical data and other management systems are increasing the demand for the File Sharing market value in recent years. The growth of the File sharing industry is expected to grow on a steady path in the forecast period. Additionally, Concerns like hardware crashing have propelled the growth of Filesharing software solutions in the commercial and industrial sectors.


The significant decline in the costs of computing devices, networking, storage devices, services, and applications have impacted the growth of the File Sharing industry. Several vendors of the data sharing industries are working towards higher user-friendly yet secured applications and software solutions, such factors have increased the demand for cloud-based, mobile-optimized, single signed-in software solutions while maintaining higher scalability. Such endeavor has aided the growth of the File Sharing industry.


The attractive features of the Filesharing software solutions like easy access to the data by all the employees in an organization have reduced the time spent for uploading, downloading, and emailing them.


Market opportunities


Organizations are increasingly utilizing cloud-based solutions for their major operations. This has created several vulnerabilities to the organization. The information leakages, hacking, insider attacks are increasing rapidly. Such vulnerabilities have mandated the deployment of potential file-sharing software solutions which offer higher security while transferring a huge amount of data. Therefore they have presented huge opportunities to the File sharing market to grow. Additionally, synchronization of data allows the user to access from any device, this flexibility has increased the user experience and increased the overall productivity of the organizations.


The advent of novel functionalities has increased the utilization of file-sharing software solutions. The automated functionalities, synchronization, scheduling the transfer, productivity while transferring are some of the functionalities that have increased the productivity rate of the organizations. Especially, every organization is generating data daily, those require maintenance and eliminating duplicate files can save up on storage. This functionality has aided the growth of the File sharing market.


Market Restraints


The compliance and regulations imposed on the cloud-based File sharing software solutions are currently hindering the growth of the market. The security and privacy issues that might arise in cloud-based systems are given higher considerations. These factors are hindering the growth of the File sharing market. Additionally, the initial investment and higher maintenance costs for limited scalability is the major restraining factor for the growth of File sharing market.


The Filesharing Software that lacks the security protocols which fail to protect the data from malware and insider attacks, and other security concerns are hindering the growth of the File Sharing industry.


Market Challenges


Issues like data redundancy, inconsistent data transfer, higher initial investment, and higher maintenance payments are currently hindering the growth of the File Sharing Market. Additionally, if the software solutions are unable to extend after the growth of the industry, then the situation incurs a loss to the business. Such factors have hindered the growth of the File Sharing market. 


File sharing requires sufficient bandwidth speed to attain efficiency. Networking issues have reduced the user experience thereby hindering the growth of the market. Software application like PA file sight has to be installed to overcome major pitfalls. Such complex procedures have hindered the growth of the File Sharing Market.


Cumulative Growth Analysis


The increasing popularity of cloud-based software solutions is increasingly adopted in the growing industries. Especially the client-server file sharing architecture segment is expected to grow in the forecast period. The File Sharing Market size is expected to reach 4033 million by the year 2026 while registering a solid CAGR of 26.2%. Currently, the peer-to-peer segment is expected to grow at a steady pace in the forecast period as the process is carried out more simply, the bigger files are broken into smaller portions and are assembled after the data is completely transferred.


The File sharing industry is witnessing rapid growth in recent years owing to the advent of new functionalities that ease up the way for data synchronization and transfer. The data transfer processes have been simplified by the File sharing software solutions, therefore the employees or the admins do not have to wait till the files are uploaded or downloaded. The easy access has data have propelled the business growth and overall productivity. Another functionality that eliminates the duplicate files has saved up space for the organization. Therefore the generation of files doesn't affect the business growth. Such factors have propelled small-scale and large-scale organizations to incorporate File sharing software solutions.


Value Chain Analysis


In recent times, powerful sharing software is collaborating with storage tools to extend the market. Since the File sharing software tools and Storage tools are influenced by each other, the demand for such integrated functionalities is increasing in the small-scale and medium-scale industries. Additionally, the easy deployment of the software solutions and the customer service after the deployment and customization facilities have bolstered the growth of the File sharing industry. The increasing amount of data generation and generous cloud-space has positively affected the growth of the File sharing industry. However, the data-sharing software that lacks security protocols and easy access to the folders can lead to security breaches. Hence the enterprise or the organization had to know about the functionalities of the Filesharing software before purchase.


Segment overview


Based on Type



  • Native

  • Client-Server

  • Peer-To-Peer

  • Others


Based on Deployment



  • Cloud

  • On-Premises.


Based on Services



  • Managed Service

  • Professional Service


Based on End-Users



  • Enterprise Users

  • Individual Users

  • Government


Based on Vertical



  • BFSI

  • healthcare

  • IT & telecommunication

  • education & research

  • media & entertainment

  • others


Regional Insights


Currently, the Asia Pacific is showcasing higher revenue rates in the File sharing industry. The countries in Asia-pacific have been focusing on promoting their infrastructure and have several advances in software solutions. The rising number of software vendors has increased in recent times. Therefore the region is currently witnessing rapid growth in the File sharing industry.


Apart from Asia-pacific countries, North America is ranked as the second-largest market player in the Global File Sharing industry. The increasing investments in the market have powered the growth of the File sharing industry, the advancements in technology, increasing economic growth in the region have propelled the organizations to adopt the File sharing software solution to further increase the revenue of the business.


Competitive landscape




  • Citrix Systems Inc. (US)




  • Tresorit (Hungary)




  • Owncloud GmbH (Germany)




  • Securedocs Inc. (US)




  • Wetransfer (Netherlands)




  • Alphabet Inc. (US)




  • IBM Corporation (US)




  • Intralinks Holdings Inc. (US)




  • Onehub (US)




  • Microsoft Corporation (US)




  • Droplr (US)




  • DropBox (US)




  • Open drive (US)




  • Huddle (UK)




  • BOX (US)




Recent developments


The collaborations of leading market players and different file-sharing software solutions are the recent trends of the File sharing industry. Recently, the leading software developer IBM has announced their collaboration with the Simple Cloud, an organization leading in providing cloud-based services and applications that have increased the overall growth of the File Sharing market size. Such collaborations have created solutions that are capable of the high-speed file sharing required for bigger organizations.


The recent innovation of Dropbox Transfer has increased the safe and faster process of sending files over 100 GB at a time without any file corruption. The file resuming option helps in recovering the data transfer process if any corruption occurs.


Report Overview


This report has covered:



  • Market overview

  • COVID 19 Analysis

  • Market dynamics

  • Cumulative growth analysis

  • Value chain analysis

  • Segment overview

  • Regional analysis

  • Competitive landscape

  • Recent developments

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