Syncthing Alternatives

    In an age of increasing security concerns, privacy-focused tools like Syncthing have gained notoriety among the tech crowd. The app securely synchronizes files across computers and mobile devices.

    There are some great alternatives, most being open-source like Syncthing, which is important to many developers as the source code is always available to check for security holes. Others may prefer to put their trust in well-established commercial tools.

    Some alternatives require a decentralized server but you can easily filter for peer-to-peer tools to find the closest matches. Most tools have desktop apps for Mac, Windows and Linux. Many also provide Android or iPhone apps as well.

    This page was last updated Sep 29, 2021

    1. GoodSync is a high-end professional easy and reliable file backup and file synchronization software. The software automatically backs up and syncs your files between any computer, mobile device or drive; with or without using the cloud.
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    2. Resilio Sync allows you to automatically sync files between computers via secure, distributed technology (P2P bittorrent protocol). Fast, intelligent file transfers.
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      Resilio Sync vs Syncthing opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Resilio Sync is a great alternative to Syncthing.
      endolith Same thing as Syncthing but more reliable
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      Performs the same peer to peer sync without need of a cloud server.
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      ghos3t It allows one-way syncs without deletes, which means that you can use this app to backup data from one device to another (i.e. from your phone to computer) and then delete the data from your phone to free up space. Syncthing doesn't allow this and if you delete the data from the original source, it gets deleted everywhere it was synced to.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      Most closely matches the scope of things needed to setup and run. Other open source options require server setup, often expanding out to additional packages such as database servers, etc.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      geekypete It's still free for personal use, but is updated commercially. Comes from good people and they should be good for a while.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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      They are both P2P mesh sync tools.
      Positive comment about 6 years ago

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    3. FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.
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      FreeFileSync vs Syncthing opinions
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      UI is not as nice; some features seem to be available only after donating (so “Freemium”, not free)
      Negative comment 22 days ago

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    4. 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.
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      rsync vs Syncthing opinions
      Some users think rsync is a great alternative to Syncthing, some don't.
      rsync is a pure command line client, requiring explicitly the command to be typed, with accurate data on the destination whereas Syncthing seems to run in background. This would require to use rsync plus something else (e.g. a scheduler, cron, acron, pick one)
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      Spout they have some overlapping features but are pretty different tools. rsync is much more powerful in the diversity of things it can do and is purely command line. syncthing has a web interface (in addition to cli for those who are so inclined) and device apps and is simpler to set up. rsync will easily let you hose your files if you use it wrong whereas syncthing is more set up to avoid that.
      Negative comment 19 days ago

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    5. Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from: - Google Drive - Amazon S3 - Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore - Dropbox - Google Cloud Storage - Amazon Cloud Drive - Microsoft One Drive - Hubic - Backblaze B2 -...
      Rclone vs Syncthing opinions
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      Spout syncthing runs on devices you control (your computer, your phone) or have access to. rclone interacts with servers other people run.
      Positive comment 19 days ago

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    6. SyncTrayzor is a wrapper for Syncthing which allows Syncthing's window to be hidden in the tray area. SyncTrayzor has a built-in web browser to manage Syncthing without opening your browser. SyncTrayzor can be configured to automatically start at PC startup.
      SyncTrayzor vs Syncthing opinions
      Some users think SyncTrayzor is a great alternative to Syncthing, some don't.
      JohnFastman Ordinarily, SyncThing - which is great - runs in a web browser tab. Some people don't like that. Fair enough. So they made SyncTrayzor which gives you an alternative way of accessing SynThing functionality via the taskbar. It's not an alternative, though. It's an add-on. I don't see that much of an advantage, but others might.
      Negative comment almost 5 years ago

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      This is an addon to Syncthing which enables to run Syncthing in the task bar.
      Negative comment about 6 years ago

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      It's an alternative way to use the front-end of syncthing (so it's not a full alternative to syncthing -- it is an add-on), and a great one. I recommend it to ease the usability curve for most users.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      MediaFire is the simple solution for uploading and downloading files on the internet. It focuses on providing a positive experience for downloaders, but does not offer an affiliate program for uploaders.
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    7. Web servers are started locally on your computer and made accessible to other people as Tor onion services. By default, OnionShare web addresses are protected with a random password. A typical OnionShare address might look something like this: ...
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    8. Seafile is a professional open source cloud storage platform for organizations. It has complete file syncing and sharing features, reliable file storage and advanced privacy protection feature.
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      Some users think Seafile is a great alternative to Syncthing, some don't.
    9. GoodSync is a high-end professional easy and reliable file backup and file synchronization software. The software automatically backs up and syncs your files between any computer, mobile device or drive; with or without using the cloud.
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      GoodSync vs Syncthing opinions
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      Spout back up and sync are not the same function and while syncthing is always very explicit about that, this software (which I have not used) appears to be furthering confusing by conflating the two.
      Positive comment 19 days ago

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