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  • sciebo is a free non-profit cloud service for research and teaching.
  • Data are stored and processed exclusively at three locations in North Rhine-Westphalia including Münster, Bonn and Duisburg-Essen). This means that data are subject to the strict level of protection provided by German data protection laws.
  • With sciebo, users can synchronize files between end devices automatically.
  • Access to files can also be granted by sharing links.
  • sciebo can be used via a client or through the web interface.
  • The service is jointly operated by 22 universities in NRW and funded by the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • You can register on sciebo with a personal account or student account. Guest accounts cannot register on sciebo.


  • SynchronizationFiles can be synchronized automatically across end devices (such as laptops, smart phones and tablets) using the client. Users can also access the files via a web browser from anywhere. 
    Example: synchronizing selected files between an office PC and a laptop at home.
  • Sharing files: With sciebo, files and folders can be shared with other employees at the University of Cologne and external users. If authorized, external users can even upload files to a shared folder. A password and expiry date can be set for each share.
    Example: sharing files between an institute and external organization in a project. See for information on sharing.

What is sciebo not for?

Please do not use sciebo as a back-up option for your files! Why?

When you use the client, files are automatically synchronized. If they are deleted on your computer, they are not available on sciebo either.
sciebo does not create a back-up of your files. If you delete files, they can only be restored to a limited extent via the recycle bin.
Information about the back-up possibility of files can be found here.

Further usage hints for sciebo (for example: what kind of data you are allowed to store) can be found here.

Employee and student account in comparison

student account

personal account

30 GB storage, extendable up to 60 GB

30 GB storage, extendable up to 500GB

no sciebo project box

sciebo project box possible

no guest accounts

guest accounts possible

More information about sciebo

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the RRZK-Helpdesk