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  • FreeFileSync icon

    FreeFileSync

    FreeFileSync is a free Open Source software to synchronize files and synchronize folders available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Bundleware The installer contains Opencandy. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
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    rsync

    rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate. An important feature of rsync not found in most...

    Open Source Linux BSD Haiku

  • GoodSync icon

    GoodSync

    GoodSync syncs files between your computer, mobile devices, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, SkyDrive, WebDAV, Azure.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • SyncBack icon

    SyncBack

    SyncBack is a backup and file synchronization software that allows backing up and synchronizing files to the same or different drives, to different media (CD, DVD, Flash, zip), or to a remote server. There are three versions of...

    Freemium Windows

  • IPFS icon

    IPFS

    IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines good ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the Web. It is like a single bittorrent swarm, exchanging git objects. IPFS provides an interface as simple as the...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted

  • Synkron icon

    Synkron

    Synkron is an application for folder synchronisation and folder-backups that allows you to configure your synchronisations in detail. Despite having many features, the user interface of Synkron is very user-friendly and easy to use. ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

    • Discontinued Last Update: 2014-10-11, see https://sourceforge.net/projects/synkron/
  • Unison icon

    Unison

    Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux GitHub

  • Bvckup 2 icon

    Bvckup 2

    Simple fast backup for Windows. At a glance - small and very lean, very fast delta copier, excellent user interface, device tracking, shadow copying, move/rename detection, run-as-a-service mode, robust support for multi-million item...

    Commercial Windows

  • Ind.ie Pulse icon

    Ind.ie Pulse

    Pulse is a free (as in freedom), secure, and distributed file synchronisation engine in Go and Swift.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

    • Discontinued As announced at https://ind.ie/blog/focus/ , Pulse will no longer be supported, but you can still download it from the official website and use it.
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    grsync

    Grsync is a rsync gui, a graphical user interface for the rsync file synchronization and backup tool. It works on linux, solaris, windows, mac os x and maemo. It uses the gtk libraries and can work under the gnome desktop. It...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Allway Sync icon

    Allway Sync

    Allway Sync is a free file and folder synchronization software for Windows for private use until max.20000 files/month. It is together with GoodSync the only free high professional synchronisation tool, able to adress WebDAV-Remote...

    Freemium Windows

    • It allows you to set one folder as your primary destination folder so that no files or folders within it would be deleted and any file that is not present in the source folder can be copied to this primary folder
      ghos3tDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • DirSync Pro icon

    DirSync Pro

    DirSync Pro (Directory Synchronize Pro) is a small utility for file and folder synchronization without bidirectional file-deletion. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. In difference...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    Qtd Sync

    A graphical interface for the Rsync engine that will synchronise files between two computers either locally or over the internet. The beauty of Rsync is that it only transfers the exact part of a file that has changed (differential...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Toucan icon

    Toucan

    Toucan is a small portableapp utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in suite utilities. It is split up into 7 tabs, allowing you to easily find the function that you want. ...

    Open Source Windows

  • Syncovery icon

    Syncovery

    Back up your data and synchronize PCs, Macs, servers, notebooks, and online storage space. You can set up as many different jobs as you need and run them manually or using the scheduler. The software comes with support for FTP...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Create Synchronicity icon

    Create Synchronicity

    Create Synchronicity is a nice, lightweight backup program with a very user-friendly - yet powerful - interface, that synchronizes files and folders extremely quickly (it can even recognize paths such as "MyUSB"\MyFolder...

    Open Source Windows

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    SyncFolders

    SyncFolders helps you to synchronize the contents of two folders, including any subfolders, track file modifications and deletions in a local database, propagate deletions and detect file renames, which is a noteworthy feature.

    Free Windows

  • Bacula icon

    Bacula

    Bacula is a set of Open Source, enterprise ready, computer programs that permit you (or the system administrator) to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Bacula...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • ChronoSync icon

    ChronoSync

    Synchronize files between folders, hard drives, removable media, laptops, file servers, or any computer, not just a Macintosh. Features include: • Fully customizable toolbar • Synchronize files in any direction or...

    Commercial Mac

  • PureSync icon

    PureSync

    PureSync is a professional file backup and synchronization software, that can automatically keep a backup of your important files, import files from your digital camera and synchronize the contents of multiple folders, but not from...

    Free Personal Windows

  • JFileSync icon

    JFileSync

    JFileSync is a Java application used to synchronize directories of two different file systems. For instance, you want to synchronize a set of directories on your laptop with a set of corresponding directories on your workstation....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • csync icon

    csync

    csync is a lightweight utility to synchronize files between two directories on a system or between multiple systems. It synchronizes bidirectionally and allows the user to keep two copies of files and directories in sync. csync...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Directory Compare icon

    Directory Compare

    Directory Compare is a utility to help you keeping copies of your important directories (documents, programs under development and so on) in a backup hard disk or any other storage system (like USB drives or CD-RW disks). The copy can...

    Free Windows

  • Compare Advance

    Compare Advance makes comparing any two folders an easy job. The stylish interface highlights what's different between the two folders and a powerful synchronization dialog makes reconciling those differences easy too.

    Free Windows

  • Compare It! icon

    Compare It!

    Easily compare and merge text files; compare doc, xls and pdf files; prepare comparison reports and printouts.

    Commercial Windows

  • CleanSync icon

    CleanSync

    Require assistance synchronizing folders between 2 computers? Tired and fustrated of keeping track what files and folders are updated between both computers all the time? CleanSync is the tool for you! CleanSync allows you to...

    Open Source Windows

  • FBackup icon

    FBackup

    FBackup is a free backup software for both personal and commercial use. It protects your important data by backing it up automatically to any USB/Firewire device, local or network location. The backed up data can be either compressed...

    Free Windows

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    nsync

    nsync is a free, open source software that performs synchronization of your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives and more. Highlights: - Synchronize folders in 3 simple steps. - Drag & drop of folders, no complex...

    Open Source Windows

  • rsync backup for Android icon

    rsync backup for Android

    rsync backup is a tool that will, in essence, allow the user to copy data back and forth between the user’s computer and their Android device remotely. It uses SSH for the communication with the server, but users that are not familiar...

    Free Android

  • Bonkey icon

    Bonkey

    Despite a name that conjures up comedic visions, Bonkey the Backup Monkey is a serious backup program with tremendous potential. Not that it isnt good now; The program is easy to use, puts all the relevant options at your fingertips...

    Open Source Mac Windows

  • Karen's Replicator icon

    Karen's Replicator

    Automatically backup files, directories, even entire drives! Karens Replicator copies selected files from one drive/folder to another. Source and Destination folders can reside anywhere on your network. Options include repeated...

    Open Source Windows

  • GNU Diff Utilities

    GNU Diffutils is a package of several programs related to finding differences between files.

    Open Source Linux

  • @MAX SyncUp icon

    @MAX SyncUp

    @MAX SyncUp is a feature-rich utility for backing up and synchronizing data on a local network or over the Internet. @MAX SyncUp provides an Apple Time Machine style backup using hard links. It allows for the effective remote...

    Free Personal Windows

  • FileSync icon

    FileSync

    File/folder synchronization utility for keeping files up to date.

    Commercial Windows

  • Syncless icon

    Syncless

    Syncless - An open-source and free synchronization tool so seamless youll forget about it What makes Syncless so unique is the way synchronization is performed. The current paradigm in the way file synchronization is done is to...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued This project seems to be dead, last Commit was on 22nd May 2010 as seen at: https://code.google.com/archive/p/big5sync/source/default/commits .

SyncToy Comments

Useless: Will not copy files that are in use -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by webheaded
about SyncToy and Synkron, FreeFileSync Jun 2011

SyncToy will not copy files that are in use which makes is somewhat useless for my needs. I recommend FreeFileSync with VSS (Volume Shadow Service) for this purpose. Easier to use and it doesn't freeze up like Synkron does.

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Uh, I tried to install it on Windows XP, didn't work.

Negative Comment by gordita_de_lisoform
about SyncToy and Allway Sync Jun 2011

Uh, I tried to install it on Windows XP, didn't work. So I tried Allway Sync and it did the job right.

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At least under windows 7, synctoy is not reliable

Negative Comment by riquard
about SyncToy Jun 2011

I also noted that at least under windows 7, synctoy is not reliable. It did not copy everything. I used version 2.1.

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SyncToy cannot sync a WebDAV-Folder

Negative Comment by em4020
about SyncToy and Allway Sync Jun 2011

No other free application than Allway Sync (*) is able to sync directly and reliable a WebDAV-Folder or SD-Memory-Card from a "Windows Mobile" SmartPhone with a Vista PC Folder.
After detailed comparison with many other syncing applications I recommend Allway Sync as the best one, if you have no problems with the restriction of max. 40000 files per months for free private use.

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SyncToy: synchronisation prozess was not reliable

Negative Comment by em4020
about SyncToy and Synk, Allway Sync, PureSync Jun 2011

I have tested SyncToy many month ago on Windows XP. In my indistinct recollection the synchronisation prozess was not reliable, concerning synchronizing in BOTH directions inluding DELETION in BOTH directions, so that i very soon changed to the very reliable professional products Allway Sync (free until max. 20000 files/ month or PureSync free without limitations for private use. The Open Source product SYNKRON is also very reliable, but You cannot see in the file-list (but only in a hint if moving with the mouse over the filename) the size, date and time of the synced files after comparing process.

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