Unison File Synchronizer
Unison is a file-synchronization tool for POSIX-compliant systems (e.g. *BSD and GNU/Linux), macOS and Windows, with the caveat that the platform must be supported by OC...
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What is Unison File Synchronizer?
Unison is a file-synchronization tool for POSIX-compliant systems (e.g. *BSD and GNU/Linux), macOS and Windows, with the caveat that the platform must be supported by OCaml. 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 up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other.
Unison has been in use for over 20 years and many people use it to synchronize data they care about.
Unison shares a number of features with tools such as configuration management packages (CVS, Subversion, git, Mercurial, etc.), distributed filesystems (Coda, etc.), uni-directional mirroring utilities (rsync, etc.), and other synchronizers. However, there are several points where it differs:
Unison runs on almost any system with an OCaml compiler. Moreover, Unison works across platforms, allowing you to synchronize a Windows laptop with a Unix server, for example.
Unlike simple mirroring or backup utilities, Unison can deal with updates to both replicas of a distributed directory structure. Updates that do not conflict are propagated automatically. Conflicting updates are detected and displayed.
Unlike many network filesystems, Unison copies data so that already-synchronized data can be read and written while offline.
Unlike most distributed filesystems, Unison is a user-level program that simply uses normal systems calls: there is no need to modify the kernel, to have superuser privileges on either host, or to have a FUSE implementation.
Unison works between any pair of machines connected to the internet, typically communicating over ssh, but also directly over TCP. It is careful with network bandwidth, and runs well over slow links such as PPP connections. Transfers of small updates to large files are optimized using a compression protocol similar to rsync.
Unison is resilient to failure. It is careful to leave the replicas and its own private structures in a sensible state at all times, even in case of abnormal termination or communication failures.
Unison has a clear and precise specification.
Unison is Free; full source code is available under the GNU Public License, Version 3.
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An effective tool. does what is built for. I use it since about 10 years, flawlessy, in a home environment with 3-4 devices.
Best synchronization software with GUI there is.
Not easy to use IMHO
Stop looking, this is the best synchronization tool hands down when you have a workstation and a laptop and may files. They thought of all possible details and edge cases. You can unplug the network cable while synchronizing and noting bad will happen. In case of conflict you always decide what to do. The protocol, when tunneled over SSH saturates my 1GBPS network card, and is performant even when many small files are synchronized. The GUI may look outdated but it works flawlessly; it's rock solid and very reliable.
No way the best for me are CopyWhiz and Gs Richcopy 360, but I will give Unison a try!
The GTK sdk will be needed, I used https://sourceforge.net/projects/gtk-win/
Cross-platform, highly customizable, well documented, can be made into a service with NSSM