Syncthing - open+decentralized BitTorrent Sync alternative

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Syncthing - open+decentralized BitTorrent Sync alternative

#1 Post by Midas » Thu Jun 19, 2014 12:22 am

[Moderator note: this topic was split from the BitTorrent Sync thread.]

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FYI, a BitTorrent Sync alternative, built around the "open" mantra, is SyncThing (untested!): http://syncthing.net/...
http://syncthing.net/ wrote:Syncthing replaces Dropbox and BitTorrent Sync with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it's transmitted over the Internet.

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#2 Post by webfork » Sat Jun 21, 2014 12:02 pm

Midas wrote:FYI, a BitTorrent Sync alternative, built around the "open" mantra, is SyncThing
Excellent. Very glad to see an open alternative. Will try to test out soon.

Any sense of whether or not it does the delta copy thing? The site talks about incremental and versioning, but if you want just a plain sync, those things aren't needed.

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#3 Post by webfork » Sun Aug 03, 2014 11:49 am

Someone brought up the topic of portability but it looks a little blurry at the moment.
https://github.com/syncthing/syncthing/issues/416

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Re: Syncthing - open+decentralized BitTorrent Sync alternati

#4 Post by Midas » Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:11 pm

A Ghacks.net article regarding syncthing included the following noteworthy passage:
http://www.ghacks.net/2014/05/13/syncthing-open-source-bittorrent-sync-alternative/ wrote:The default synchronization directory is c:\users\username\Sync, the user configuration directory C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Syncthing
EDIT: found the following in Syncthing Documentation -- see the "Config File and Directory" entry (link in quote)...
https://discourse.syncthing.net/t/204 wrote:Syncthing uses a single directory to store configuration, crypto keys and index caches. The location defaults to ~/.config/syncthing (Unixes), %AppData%/Syncthing (Windows) or ~/Library/Application Support/Syncthing (Mac) but is also settable at runtime using the -home flag.
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Re: Syncthing - open+decentralized BitTorrent Sync alternati

#5 Post by Midas » Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:19 am

Syncthing is about to become Pulse, and its site has already moved to http://ind.ie/pulse/...
http://ind.ie/pulse/ wrote:Pulse (previously Syncthing) replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and distributed. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party, and how it's transmitted over the Internet.
The motive behind the name changing is the result of a push to go beyond the so-called Cloud:
http://ind.ie/stratosphere/ wrote:It’s time to move beyond the clouds. Clouds are centralised. They’re owned and controlled by someone else. And they can spy on you. We are building a new post-cloud platform where you are the network. It’s called the Indienet. The Indienet is a peer-to-peer social network that sits on top of the Internet and overlaps with the Web. [This is] Project Stratosphere
Syncthing is currently at v0.10.5 (changelog and download at github.com/syncthing/syncthing/releases/tag/v0.10.5). Also, a third-party Syncthing client for Android is available from f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=com.nutomic.syncthingandroid.

Syncthing portability is achieved, for instance, by launching from a script; e.g., put the following in a text file an name it 'syncthing-portable.bat':

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@echo off
syncthing.exe -home config
Upon launch, this will spawn both a command line window and a browser page, from where it can be administrated (click the little black cog wheel on the top right corner). I advise on choosing "Use HTTPS for GUI" and setting both a "GUI Authentication User" and a good enough "GUI Authentication Password" for starters.

More info @ pulse-forum.ind.ie/c/documentation (and especially @ https://pulse-forum.ind.ie/t/getting-started/46).

EDIT: someone else might need this info, too...

Install Pulse (Previously Syncthing) In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA
www.webupd8.org /2014/10/install-syncthing-in-ubuntu-or-linux.html

BTW, I managed to run Syncthing portably in Linux with the same trick mentioned above -- I would be very glad to read about other members experiences. :)

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#6 Post by stanmarsh » Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:51 pm

thank you Midas for the wealth of information! we are heading to post-cloud now!

[update]
pulse seems to be dead now :?

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#7 Post by Enternal » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:24 am

The direction that Pulse and other things that they were going for was not something the original author of Syncthing think he/she can deal with. So they split off from Pulse and it's back to being just Syncthing. Therefore you can access it again at the old domain:

http://syncthing.net/

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#8 Post by stanmarsh » Thu Dec 18, 2014 1:01 am

i got a yapizied syncthing working, here is what i changed.

[GENERAL]
application = App\x32\syncthing.exe :: App\x64\syncthing.exe
commandline = -home config
; workdir =

wish the post-cloud would still happen though

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Re: Syncthing - open+decentralized BitTorrent Sync alternati

#9 Post by Midas » Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:21 am

Enternal wrote:The direction that Pulse and other things that they were going for was not something the original author of Syncthing think he/she can deal with. So they split off from Pulse and it's back to being just Syncthing.
In case you want to know more, here's the gist...
http://discourse.syncthing.net/t/syncthing-is-still-syncthing/1372 wrote:Syncthing is going to remain Syncthing. The reason for this is personal. [...] Ind.ie has taken on a fight against the currently ruling business and privacy models, and this is a fight I support. [...] But it's also a fight that I don't have the energy or will to be an active part of. [...] In the end it would mean either withdrawing myself from Syncthing or disassociating Syncthing from Ind.ie. I chose the latter. [...] I believe in correcting mistakes and moving on. Ind.ie is going to do their thing and may indeed maintain and release a fork of Syncthing under the name Pulse. They have my blessing to do so.

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Re: Syncthing - open+decentralized BitTorrent Sync alternati

#10 Post by Midas » Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:32 am

@stanmarsh: nicely done!

Maybe tproli will add it to his collection of yaP examples. ;)

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#11 Post by tproli » Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:06 pm

Sure! Thanks for the suggestion.

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#12 Post by webfork » Fri Dec 26, 2014 5:18 pm

Enternal wrote:The direction that Pulse and other things that they were going for was not something the original author of Syncthing think he/she can deal with. So they split off from Pulse and it's back to being just Syncthing.
I quickly wanted to address something I did some research on around the "Pulse" program connected to the "Stratosphere" project. I was a little bothered by everything I found about them. While I very much hope it succeeds (pro-privacy, anti-Google/Facebook), they have a big fundraiser happening on their site that I definitely wouldn't donate to.

In addition to not being able to find much in the way of information, articles, press, or any clear efforts to explain what they're actually doing, the goals are extremely lofty (for starters a privacy-friendly, peer-to-peer cell phone). Meanwhile there are projects that are really working right now actively making cool stuff like Syncthing or any number of great, active projects.

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#13 Post by Enternal » Fri Dec 26, 2014 6:58 pm

Yeah I can understand what you mean. There is barely any information on what they're trying to do, how are they going to do it, and their final goal or what would determine their successes is just baffling. Especially if you want people to donate, you need to have those things explained. It makes the whole thing looks like an idealist dream with no footing on the ground at what should be done to achieve it.

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#14 Post by webfork » Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:15 am

Enternal wrote:It makes the whole thing looks like an idealist dream with no footing on the ground at what should be done to achieve it.
Well said. Idealism is great and it powers some wonderful things but when it takes away from active projects that are actively dealing with the hard questions, that's bad.

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#15 Post by guinness » Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:47 pm

v0.10.18 of syncthing was just released.
Added 179 Applications: Portable

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