Keep your folders in sync
Put your files in easy reach from any Mac, for free, with Syncthing
Put your files in easy reach of any Mac, for free, with the Syncthings app
There are myriad ways you can keep data in sync across two or more Macs, but if you’re worried about security or cost, a peer-to-peer (P2P) solution is better than a cloud-based service such as iCloud or Dropbox. Until recently our P2P choice was BitTorrent Sync, but concerns over security and privacy coupled with a switch to an expensive freemium model have left people looking for an alternative.
That alternative is Syncthing. It’s completely free and open source, plus it offers a more transparent and secure way of connecting your Macs. It’s still in its infancy and a little rough around the edges. But it has all the core functionality you need and – as you’ll see – provides an intuitive, browser-based configuration tool for setting things up and managing your shared folders.
There are some glitches. Occasionally you may come across a connection error message, but clicking the Settings button and choosing ‘Restart’ should sort that out. The fact a Terminal
Syncthing has all the core functionality you need and provides an intuitive, browser-based tool
window needs to be open is a little awkward, but more user-friendly Mac versions are in development, such as Syncthing-bar, which runs from the menu bar. At time of writing it wasn’t compatible with the latest 0.11 builds of Syncthing, but we’re hopeful this will be rectified. Nick Peers
Keep multiple folders in sync across a variety of computers and networks with Syncthing.