Syncthing Reviews

Great - When it works.

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Awesome tool when working properly. Breaks often, suddenly can't sync for whatever reason. Also no native Windows service support, so need to be logged in for it to run or use alternative method to run as service. Has great promise.

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If using SyncThing on Windows get SyncTrayzor instead

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SyncTrayzor will encapsulate SyncThing within a regular program window. Can be closed and/or minimized to tray and start-up minimized as well. You can still access the web interface if desired. The SyncThing executable keeps a (ugly) taskbar slot constantly open, SyncTrayzor fixes this. Get it here, https://github.com/canton7/SyncTrayzor
Also, I would like to add that it works just fine on Windows 10 x64 (TP-10130) without a hitch.

I sought out an alternative to Bitorrent Sync and SyncThing+SyncTrayzor takes care of my needs.

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Thank you for mentioning this utility! My biggest issue with SyncThing was having to keep a terminal window open all the time.

If you are using Linux (terminal?) you can run it with "screen syncthing". Then just press Ctrl + AD and you have it in the background. Get screen by inserting "sudo apt-get install screen" if you are running debian-based distros like me.

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If you're familiar with Resilio Sync, then you can think of Syncthing as the free and open source version of it. They share much of the same features and functionality.

I think Resilio Sync is a tad faster than Syncthing, but Syncthing's speed is still good. I'm sure it would be even faster if I could figure out how to stop relying on a relay. Speaking of relays, it's some term that the Syncthing manual uses to describe one way of how data is being transferred. That manual is quite in-depth, and is currently beyond my level of comprehension. Yes, Syncthing is quite configurable. You can get a very fine level of control over its configuration, to the point of breaking something if you mess up, whereas in Resilio Sync you would have to pay for some of the advanced features Syncthing already has.

In terms of interface, I think Syncthing's is quite nice to look at and use. With just Syncthing (not SyncTrazor for Windows), you will have to open a browser to get to its GUI. On the left, you have a list of folders that you have chosen to be shared among some of your devices. On the top right, you can view information about your current device, and on the bottom right, you get a list of all the devices that are currently connected.

Upon first setting up, it took some effort to get Syncthing working properly. I admit that I felt a little lost while getting it to work. Even after making it work the first time, it didn't always work the weeks following that. After a few months, however, I can say that Syncthing is running smoothly now.

A little note on when it syncs: this may be just my experience, but I have gotten a lot of files with "sync.conflict" appended to the end of its name. It's not exactly a big deal and can be resolved pretty easily, but it's something to be aware of.

If you are unsure of how you should use Syncthing, I'll tell you about my own use case. I have a few computers and a tablet. One computer has a good sound system. Another is my main work computer for essays and whatnot. My tablet is for note-taking during school. I set up a folder containing all my music files between the two computers. Between my work computer and my tablet, I have two shared folders, one that is extremely organized and holds all my important stuff, and another that is just a sandbox for dumping stuff to organize later. After I finish my classes for the day, I run Syncthing and all my work gets sent to my work computer, then I can view my notes on the big screen. No "cloud" needed!

By the way, you can run Syncthing and Resilio Sync together on the same folder. I was looking for a way to get my iOS powered machine in on the fun, since Syncthing isn't available for iOS.

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A Thing of Beauty

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I recently switched over to Syncthing from Bittorrent Sync, and at first I couldn't really figure it out. (Basically if you want similar basic functionality, don't check Master folder on any shared folder).

Anyways after a little experimenting, I found it runs in the background really well. Set and forget. Everything stays updated.

I would really love to see some kind of 3rd party security test be done on it to see whether it's as good as it says it is :)

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Killer feature for me: synchronization works even with a router with no internet connection at all.

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Decentralized and efficient ! It can be used as a backup tool too. Only the Android clients are sometimes a bit off.

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Fast and simple

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It's easy to deploy and use. My favorite feature is that it can be used to sync files between servers. The android client is some low-quality one though, it consumes too much cpu and renders the phone unusable.

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I haved only problems, slow transfers.. Sync problems.. I have switched back to resiliosync.

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This is what I have been always looking for. Ditched my former Onedrive, Dropbox, Drive, MEGA, all for this!

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It's very easy to synchronize folder between Mac and androids cellphones using Syncthing
-Fork as clients.

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If you need peer-to-peer syncing, I think this is the best tool out there for it.

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