Synchronizing Folders in Lan or Cloud using Syncthing

Now a days people are using various cloud storage services like google drive, dropbox, box, mega etc. People also using various kind of devices like android phones, ubuntu desktops, nexus tablets, chromebooks etc. Synchronizing files, folders, notes, documents with all these devices and cloud are a real problem. The concept of synchronizing is a great idea.

You can continue work where you left of one device. But without proper synchronizing and log the whole scenario will be messed up easly. You will lose control over the documents and its versions very fast. Here is a very nice tool to work on all devices and which completly manage the process of synchronizing all the files and folders with all of your devices and cloud services easly.

Syncthing is a great opensource project which manages all the synchronization of folders, files and documents in all the devices and services. Syncthing has clents for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris. Syncthing is also available for Android and F-droid. Here is a very nice Getting started documentation in Github about Syncthing.

All the data is synchronized securly by using Private Key. All communication between various devices and cloud services is secured using TLS. The encryption used includes perfect forward secrecy to prevent any eavesdropper from ever gaining access of data. All the synchronizing point is identified by unique certificate. The protocol used for the encryption is a documented standard.

All the sourcecode is available on Github.


Syncthing has a very good and simple webUI. The software stays same as on all devices, also it simply works on a webbrowser. Run it on your desktop computers and synchronize them with your server for backup. Synchronize as many folders as you need with different people.

Syncthing doesn’t need IP addresses or advanced configuration. Every machine is identified by an ID. Just give your ID to your friendsĀ  to share a folder using syncthing. Simple as browsing the web.

Syncthing Source Code

Syncthing GUI

Syncthing has a GTK3 and python based UI. The GTK application is now has full support of Syncthing. Features like Adding / editing / deleting nodes, Adding / editing / deleting repositories,Restart / shutdown server and Editing daemon settings are now supported.

Additional features:

  • First run wizard for initial configuration
  • Running Syncthing daemon in background
  • Half-automatic setup for new nodes and repositories
  • Filesystem watching and instant synchronization using inotify
  • Nautilus (a.k.a. Files), Nemo and Caja integration
  • Desktop notifications


Optional Dependencies:

  • pyinotify for instant synchronization.
  • libnotify for desktop notifications.
  • nautilus-python, nemo-python or caja-python for filemanager integration

Download and Install Syncthing

All the Linux Distros are available now.

Syncthing on Google Play and Link on F-droid.


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