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SyncToy Alternatives for Linux

SyncToy is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Syncthing, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to SyncToy and 18 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to SyncToy are FreeFileSync, rsync, IPFS and SyncBack.

SyncToy alternatives are mainly File Sync Tools but may also be Backup Clients or Diff Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of SyncToy.
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  1. GoodSync is a high-end professional easy and reliable file backup and file synchronization software.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionGoodSync has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ PortableGoodSync can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Most users think GoodSync is a great alternative to SyncToy.
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    Syncthing

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron

    Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedSyncthing is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionSyncthing has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ LightweightSyncthing consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeSyncthing supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceSyncthing either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    This alternative is disputed. Syncthing is still a legitimate alternative to SyncToy, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    unlike sync toy folders on the same machine cannot be synced and this is by design .

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    SyncThing cannot synchronize on the same machine.

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  3. FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.

    ⚫︎ PortableFreeFileSync can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningFreeFileSync has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceFreeFileSync either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    Most users think FreeFileSync is a great alternative to SyncToy.

    Sadly was not stable- Crashed for me and never completed.

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    awesome piece of software. Got all I need and even options I did not think of. Will donate to developers for sure after some time.

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    rsync

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Cygwin
    • Haiku

    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.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfacersync either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    ⚫︎ Encrypted Backuprsync uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
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    Rsync implementations on Windows are very slow when performing a first-time backup; two days or more in unacceptable for a task which SyncToy can perform in a few hours.

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    IPFS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines 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 HTTP web, but with permanence built in.

    ⚫︎ DecentralizedIPFS is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    it's completely different than synctoy

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    IPFS is not for file comparison on different folders.

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  6. SyncBack is a tool to backup, synchronize, and restore data files.

    ⚫︎ AES-256 EncryptionSyncBack has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    ⚫︎ File VersioningSyncBack has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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    Almost everyone thinks SyncBack is a great alternative to SyncToy.

    It's an FTP client, not a folder sync client.

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    Powerful, reliable, and easy to use, with excellent licencing options.

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  7. GoodSync is a high-end professional easy and reliable file backup and file synchronization software.

    ⚫︎ End-to-End EncryptionGoodSync has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    ⚫︎ PortableGoodSync can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  8. Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceUnison File Synchronizer either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    ⚫︎ DecentralizedUnison File Synchronizer is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
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    DirSync Pro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    DirSync Pro is a small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Use DirSync Pro to easily synchronize files from your desktop PC to your USB-stick.

    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceDirSync Pro either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Basic
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    Bacula

    • Free PersonalOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenBSD

    Bacula is a set of computer programs that permit managing backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds.

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