First of all huge thanks to the developers and contributors.
I bumped into Syncthing just two weeks ago when looking for a way to synchronize files between local and remote units. I had heard of BitTorrent Sync, but when looking further into it I did not like the closed source/secrecy – so my search continued until I found Syncthing.
At first glimpse, Syncthing looked to be somewhat simple for my needs, and the lack of iOS support counting negative. Although I noticed that the developers were very active, fixed issues and added features on a daily basis, so decided to give it a go. …and here I still am. I will return to my impressions shortly.
My setup is as follows:
- Mac mini Server running 24/7 as my central storage and backup device
- MacBook Air as my home computer
- Lenovo X230 running Windows 7 Enterprise as my work computer
- iPhone 5S
- 1 Gbit/s WAN both at home and work
My primary need is to have offline storage of my important files, synchronizing them between my Mac mini at home and my Win7 laptop at the office. Ideally, a pure backup, but versioning is mostly fine. I also needed the solution to be Cross-platform as I mix OS X, Windows and iOS units.
It took a while to get Synthing set up and running properly. After two days of fiddling and travelling back and forth between work and home, it has been running steadily for 10 days so far. I currently synchronize six repositories consisting of 16,000 files in 240 GB. Seen sync speeds of 20 MByte/s.
- Open source and free
- Active development
- Security (encrypted and real peer-to-peer)
- Cumbersome installation
- No iOS support
- Re-hashing files on software update
- File exclusion need a lot of tinkering
With time, I hope to see a matching open-source iOS client, improved file exclusion and perhaps a real backup feature (one-way sync only). Overall, I am very pleased though! Thanks a lot so far!
Greetings from Norway!