Dropbox Alternative to Sync Files Locally ~ Updated March 2016

UPDATE MARCH 2016

BitTorrent sync, now only branded as Sync has been updated since I posted this blog entry and I thought I’d give an update and share a few more thoughts. After three years this is one app is still my go to solution for syncing files locally within my network of devices.

One major update they did was, it now syncs across multiple devices and platforms, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS and even sync NAS setups from Synology, Drobo and Western Digital.  Another new feature is the secure link sharing, you can add expiration on shared folders and you can folder access prompts owner for approval. Sync is still free  but now they also offer a Sync Pro version.

Sync Pro includes, more folder options like assigning folder ownership to other users, change access permissions anytime, save space as Pro version has the ability to sync file placeholders and only download files when needed.

For more info visit their website : BitTorrent Sync

For me the free version is enough for my needs and is an essential part of my daily computing needs.


 

ORIGINAL POST

In my line of work I constantly switch from my desktop to laptop, move tons of photos between machines and use Dropbox to sync files with clients. But sometimes I just need to sync between my PC’s and not want it uploaded to the cloud.

What I usually do is transfer files to an external hard drive or create a network folder and copy files from there but it’s a hassle to setup.

In comes BitTorrent Sync, no it’s not a torrent download client its a tiny piece of software that syncs folders directly from one machine to another locally, no servers no cloud. It uses torrent technology to securely sync your files. No size limits on the files you can sync. Unlike Dropbox which you need to put files on one special folder, BitTorrent Sync can work on any folder directly and sync them. Best of all it’s freeware.

It isn’t perfect yet, there’s no mobile support as of now and both machines need to be active for files to sync. It’s not Dropbox so you can’t access your files on the fly if your on a random computer. But even with it’s cons it’s a fantastic piece of software that saves a lot of time.

Sync unlimited files between your own devices, or share a folder with friends and family to automatically sync anything.

File transfers are encrypted. Your information is never stored on a server in the cloud and your data is protected by private keys.

BitTorrent Sync is specifically designed to handle large files, so feel free to sync original, high quality, uncompressed files.