I have various Apple products which sync with iCloud.

Are there any ways to access iCloud documents with Ubuntu (for clarity, I'm not asking about email, calendaring, etc.) apart from the web-based access at https://www.icloud.com/?

The ideal option would be a daemon that syncs with iCloud in a similar way to how Dropbox does. However, a programmable API or GUI-based solution would be good too.

Essentially I'm looking to investigate the options; I appreciate they are likely to be reverse-engineered and not 100% official or supported.

  • Is it possible to install Dropbox on the Mac, have it sync all iCloud files & folders, then use Dropbox only in Ubuntu? It's a workaround, possibly. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 11:29
  • @Tom maybe, although it'd be sufficiently hacky (two processes watching the same directory) that I'd be nervous about unforeseen data loss bugs. Also, it doesn't appear currently possible to have Dropbox sync data outside its own directory: dropbox.com/help/12/en. Thanks for the idea though. Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 13:26
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    Apple's got their stuff locked down pretty tight. I had this same problem and wasn't able to find a decent solution. Ended up switching to Google Drive.
    – amanthethy
    Commented Aug 5, 2014 at 5:16

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This would be sort of a hacky way to do it but, you may be able to install the Windows version of the iCloud desktop manager through Wine. This would give you complete iCloud access on your Ubuntu machine. I know there have been some problems with Ubuntu One so I can understand the need to use iCloud.


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