Saturday, September 18, 2021

Using Syncthing to Sync Your Files Across All your Computers


Syncthing is a fantastic FOSS utility that allows you to easily synchronize all your files and data across all of your computers/devices (macOS/Windows/Linux/Android). Syncthing is a  Private & Secure, Open, and Easy to use program. It can be used as an alternative to Dropbox/GoogleDrive/MEGA etc. In this blog post, I'll show you everything you need in order to get started using Syncthing. 

Syncthing works, over LAN and over the Internet. Every machine is identified by an ID using that ID lets us connect the devices to each other. 


  • A VPS/Cloud server/Physical server up with 24*7
  • Domain (optional)

Debian/Ubuntu Packages

You can refer to the command provided by the Syncthing document if you are using any other distribution 

Install curl (if not already installed)

sudo apt install -y curl

Add the PGP key for the repository

sudo curl -s | sudo apt-key add -

Add the repository

sudo echo "deb syncthing stable" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/syncthing.list

Install Syncthing

sudo apt update

sudo apt install -y syncthing

Add systemd unit

By setting up a system, the system will automate the process of starting syncthing


sudo chown root: syncthing@.service

sudo mv syncthing@.service /etc/systemd/system

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Enable and start the unit

sudo systemctl enable syncthing@username

sudo systemctl start syncthing@username

Check the status 

sudo systemctl status syncthing@username

Access the web GUI for Syncthing

http://1270.1.1:8384 or ServerIp:8384

Allow connections to the web GUI from network devices

Open the config file in an editor:

sudo vim /home/username/.config/syncthing/config.xml

Change the line:




Restart syncthing:

sudo systemctl restart syncthing@username

Now, you can access the web GUI and add shared folders. Make sure you set up a username and password in the GUI, to keep it safe.

How do we benefit from it?

As library technicians, we can install the package within the Koha hosted VPS/cloud server and make a daily backup to syncthing folder that will sync to entire devices that have been connected to the server.

See the workflow 


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