How to install Syncthing – Continuous File Synchronization on Ubuntu

28/12/2020

Syncthing is a continuous file synchronization open source software, that synchronizes files between two or more computers on a network or WAN. Your data is as important to you as anything else, hence you deserve to choose where it is stored, if it is shared with some third party and how it’s transmitted over the Internet. Before we proceed on how to install Syncthing on Ubuntu, lets take a quick look at what it offers.

Syncthing Features

  • Reasonable precuation is carried out to avoid data corruption, as well as protected from external attack, eavesdropping or modification by unauthorized parties
  • Syncthing is approachable, understandable as well as inclusive
  • All communication is secured as well as encrypted using TLS
  • It runs on Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, Dragonfly, OpenBSD, as well as NetBSD

Syncthing v0.14.32 Changelog

  • The list of nearby devices properly filters out devices already in the configuration
  • “Nearby devices” are now shown in the add device dialog, hence avoiding the need to type their device ID
  • Folders that were once ignored in a sharing request now actually work properly when later added manually

How to install Syncthing on Ubuntu 17.04 and below

  • First try installing from the stable channel
# Add the release PGP keys:  curl -s https://syncthing.net/release-key.txt | sudo apt-key add -    # Add the "stable" channel to your APT sources:  echo "deb https://apt.syncthing.net/ syncthing stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syncthing.list    # Update and install syncthing:  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install syncthing
  • If the stable channel is not up-to-date, then we can install from the candidate channel
# Add the release PGP keys:  curl -s https://syncthing.net/release-key.txt | sudo apt-key add -    # Add the "candidate" channel to your APT sources:  echo "deb https://apt.syncthing.net/ syncthing candidate" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syncthing.list    # Update and install syncthing:  sudo apt-get update  sudo apt-get install syncthing

How to uninstall Syncthing from Ubuntu

sudo apt-get remove syncthing
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