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New Jungle Disk macOS and Linux Software Clients with Better Than Ever Performance and Application Compatibility

by Wes Dunn / Encrypted Backup, Product, Technical / Jan 9, 2017 / Comments

Today, we’re announcing the release of Jungle Disk 3.20 for macOS and Linux operating systems.

With today’s release we have provided recent updates to our software clients across all supported platforms improving performance, reliability, and security for our customers. Jungle Disk’s mission is to protect critical data for the entire business, no matter the operating systems, including both employees’ computers and servers. While similar in scope to the release of Jungle Disk 3.19 for Windows, this release’s headline focuses on major boosts to compatilibity and core application performance on Mac and Linux systems. This is a big milestone because we know protecting your business data, regardless of the platform, is critical to your success and your reputation with your customers.

Topics covered regarding today’s release:

  1. What’s new in Jungle Disk 3.20
  2. Downloading and installing/updating your Jungle Disk software
  3. What next for the Jungle Disk client software?

What’s new in Jungle Disk 3.20?

As a Mac user myself, my favorite improvement in this release is the drastically improved performance and speed of the user interface. Secondly, we’ve made some very solid improvements in the application’s management of memory/RAM. All of this amounts to a much more stable, reliable, and performant version of Jungle Disk, and we’re very proud to share it with you. Most of the big changes for this version are under the hood, but that’s not to downplay the impact that this will have for our customers. All core application dependencies have been updated, including cURL and OpenSSL, and many more.

Our Linux clients, with the exception of our Server Edition backup agent (which has no user interface), has been extremely difficult to run on the latest versions of the most popular distributions. With this release we can happily announce that the entire suite of Jungle Disk client applications will run on the latest releases of most major distibutions and desktop environments. We officially support the following distros and desktop environments:

  • Fedora - 23, 24, 25
  • CentOS - 6 & 7
  • RHEL - 6 & 7
  • Ubuntu - 12.04, 14.04, 16.04
  • Mint
  • Debian - Jessie
  • OpenSUSE -
  • Desktop Environments - GNOME, KDE, Cinnamon, Unity*

(Unity users will need to install a separate package to emulate a “system tray” in order to get full functionality)

On the Mac side of things, we’ve made big strides in the performance and speed of the Activity Monitor user interface, but we’ve also made some user experience changes that many customers will find very welcome. Namely, any Jungle Disk Network Drives that you have mounted to your desktop will now stay mounted even when the Jungle Disk Activity Monitor application isn’t running! To do this, we actually separated out the code that manages drive mapping into it’s own separate background program. We believe this will make Jungle Disk more efficient and user friendly for our Mac users. Where compatibility is concerned, we’re now officially supporting:

  • 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • 10.11 (El Capitan)
  • 10.12 (Sierra)

How to download and install/update your Jungle Disk software.

Ready to install or update your installation of Jungle Disk? We’ve got you covered!

Mac Users

Installation and updates are seamless. Whether installing over an existing installation or installing for the first time, simply downloading the installer and following the directions should get you up and running in no time. If you encounter any issues or have questions during the installation process, please reach out to our expert support team.

Linux Users

Installation from scratch should be quite simple, Workgroup and Desktop users can follow this guide, and Server users can use this guide. For Linux users updating their installation, we highly recommend removing your current installation and then installing the latest version of Jungle Disk. If you have any questions or would like some assistance with the update process, please reach out to our expert support team.

Where do I download it?

  • Jungle Disk Workgroup & Jungle Disk Server - Simply visit our downloads page and select the right version for your computer or server.
  • Jungle Disk Desktop & Jungle Disk Simply Backup - Log into the Jungle Disk Control Panel to access the new Mac and Linux packages.

If you are running a computer or server with RHEL/CentOS 6, we have a separate package specifically for this version, but it’s only available through our Control Panel, so please login to get that version.

What’s next for the Jungle Disk client software?

With a full round of updates for our entire suite of applications released and a new build system in place to allow for much more rapid releases, our development team is now going to work on additional performance and usability improvements. Over the next few months, our application developers will be focusing on how to improve transfer speeds, reliability, and efficiency. Simultaneously, we’ll be look toward the future of the application and it’s usability. From listening to our customers we’ve learned that simplifying the user interface, centralizing application management/controls, and improving reports and logging are among the top priorities for improvement. We know there is a lot of work to be done, but we’re excited to take on these challenges and continue to make Jungle Disk the best data security suite for small businesses. Please stay tuned to this blog for news and updates.


As always, thank you for being a loyal Jungle Disk customer! If you are not yet a Jungle Disk customer, we would be happy to tell you more about our products and how we can help protect your business critical data.