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My iPhone has a program called Discover that creates a local website that allows me to share files from my phone over wifi and upload files. I have quite a limited download cap, so keeping the traffic within the network is important. I was wondering if there were any cross-platform programs (Mac, Linux, Windows) that allow me to share files between computers in a similar method so that I can avoid the hassle of complicated configuration.

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do you need something like "look, these 100 files i have, feel free to grab" or is "i will now send you a file" enough? – akira Jul 3 '10 at 10:57
"I will send you a file now" – Casebash Jul 3 '10 at 23:56

Yes there is. Samba or smb for short is the native file and printer sharing protocol on Windows and you can install a samba client and/or a samba server on a Linux system or Mac.

Here you can find info for Mac's.

Setting up Samba on Linux will vary based on distribution. Here is one.

Some windows 7 and XP details here.

The wikipedia article is also interesting.

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I managed to get Samba set up. It requires a bit of configuration though, unlike Discover which just runs and tells you the IP address to type in – Casebash Jul 3 '10 at 23:57

You can use a cloud based file storage like Dropbox to share files. It is available on all common platforms and smartphones.

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"over wifi" .. and most likely "traffic stays inside the lan"... – akira Jul 3 '10 at 7:10
@Akira: Yes, I would like the traffic to stay within the network. I updated the question – Casebash Jul 3 '10 at 9:19

Opera Unite has a file sharing feature and since Opera runs on all platforms listed, this should have you covered.

Take note that you are basically running a web server on your computer when you do this, so secure your machine accordingly. The guide is a good overview.

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Will the Opera Unite traffic go over the web or stay within the network? – Casebash Jul 3 '10 at 9:18

Air Sharing ($2.99 on Apple Store) :

  • Mount your iPhone or iPod touch as a Wi-Fi drive on your computer (Mac, Windows, or Linux) or connect from your computer's web browser.
  • Drag-drop files between your iPhone or iPod touch and your computers.
  • View and email documents in many common formats.
  • Send email attachments
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Thanks. I just clarified the question, though, to make it clear that I am trying to share files between computers – Casebash Nov 9 '10 at 10:01
With this program one can mount the iPhone as a drive on any computer and then share it (or any other directory) via Samba. There is no need for a cross-platform product, since Samba on Linux/Mac uses the Windows SMB protocol to share directories between Linux/Mac/Windows. No software is needed on Windows, since SMB is built-in. – harrymc Nov 9 '10 at 10:24

This app may help:


It's a cross-platform file sharing solution. You can upload and download files from your mobile phones and pc anytime and anywhere over the internet.

Download link:

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I think the essence of this question is basically "not via Internet". – pnuts Sep 28 '12 at 16:07

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