I would like to create a small local server cluster with Docker Swarm, that automatically syncs a default folder with all local servers. Sub-folder may contain LetsEncrypt certs or uploaded files, that need to be available on all servers.
Is it possible to run Syncthing with a fixed configuration to
automatically discover other local servers
automatically accept other servers as devices
automatically share default folder read/write with other servers
without using the GUI and without any manual intervention
I built a whole API-using Docker Swarm setup for this use case, but it has so many moving parts that I don’t trust it enough to use it in production.
Therefore I would like to know (a little late ) if this can be done by simple Syncthing configuration.
I searched the Internet and Forum, but only ChatGPT had good answers, though sadly it seems they were just hallucinations:
STDISCOVER: Set this variable to "local" to enable local network discovery for Syncthing.
Set the environment variable STAUTOACCEPTFOLDERS=<folder_id> to specify the folder ID(s) that should be auto-accepted for new devices.
So is this use case possible spinning up Syncthing instances with environment variables or a fixed config file?
Syncthing does number one out of the box, for servers that are already configured, that’s what we call local discovery. Number two is “nope”, you need to add devices via the API. Number three can work if the devices are configured to auto accept folders, but since you’re any way adding them via the API you might as well add the folder element there as well.
The main missing piece seems to be automaticlly adding any device in the vicinity, which I give roughly 0% odds of survival as a feature request.
What I really want to achieve is the servers in the network to discover and add each other by themself, without needing an additional process to call the API.
Ideally I would like to start similar configured SyncThing containers in Docker Swarm (something like STLOCALDISCOVERY=true, STAUTOADDDEVICES=true, STDEFAULTFOLDER=/var/syncthing, STAUTOSHAREDEFAULT=true) and they would automatically build a SyncThing cluster with a single shared folder. When I add another server, it will be automatically included. Without using the API.