Keep your fold­ers in sync

Put your files in easy reach from any Mac, for free, with Sync­thing

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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.

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