And indeed, BitTorrent Sync is a great way of syncing and sharing files between computers, even files that you usually wouldn’t trust with cloud sync tools such as Dropbox: besides the files being transferred directly between the users (so your files don’t end up on some cloud server), the connection is encrypted with a AES cypher and a 256-bit key created on the base of your Secret, a random 20 byte or more string. For increased security, there’s also an option to generate a Secret that expires after a day.
How to use BitTorrent Sync on Linux
To use BitTorrent Sync (or “BtSync”) on Linux, download and extract the binary for your architecture (Ubuntu users: use the “Linux i386″ or “Linux x64″ links on the left; don’t download the “glib 2.3″ binaries), extract it and to run it, simply type the following in a terminal (assuming you’ve extracted the “btsync” binary in your home folder):
To see a list of available options, type:
And if you want to stop BitTorrent Sync, use:
Now let’s add a folder to sync. To do this, click “Add folder”, then browse for a folder you want to sync and also click “Generate” to generate a Secret for this folder. Then click “Add” to add the folder:
On Linux, most of the settings aren’t available in the web interface. Instead, you can run:
./btsync --dump-sample-config > sync.conf
./btsync --config sync.conf
For more on how to use BitTorrent Sync on Linux but also on Windows and Mac OS X, see the User Guide PDF file.
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