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Keeping folders synced between several machines

I need a cross-platform sync tool with reasonably simple GUI interface (so I can teach non-expert users how to use it).

My requirements are:

  • tool works the same in Windows and Linux
  • and supports bi-directional syncing
  • and syncs local folders as well as over the network (network syncing may be platform-specific)
  • and is capable of advanced file comparison (checksums) as well as quick one (mtime)
  • and has a simple GUI (single windows, two panel)
  • and is available in languages other than English (or can be easily translated)
  • and works reasonably fast on large syncs (does not hang nor crash)

I tried

  • Unison. GUI is too unnatural and too foreign for Windows users. I don't believe I can teach non-experts users to use it. Only in English. Seems to be rather unresponsive (user interface issue).

  • DeltaCopy (Rsync windows service). It is not bidirectional and mostly intended for non-interactive syncing. Only in English.

  • JFileSync and DirSync. No translations. One of the two was crashing on huge syncs (I don't remember which one).

Is there anything else?

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marked as duplicate by alex, Ivo Flipse Jan 22 '10 at 7:24

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

This question is not a duplicate of #349. #349 is about non-interactive windows-specific tools. This question is about interactive cross-platform tools with easy interface. – sastanin Jan 26 '10 at 11:36
After 3 months you still don't have an answer? Even if it is re-opened it will be closed as no longer relevant. Furthermore, 3 of the items listed in the duplicate is cross platform. Don't let the Windows tag fool you. – BinaryMisfit Jan 26 '10 at 12:12
IMO, closing a question because it doesn't have an answer, is not the right thing. It means it won't be answered ever. Out of items listed in #349, only Dropbox seems relevant and actually cross-platform, but it is not suitable for local syncing. Also absolutely different requirements in #349 mean it will attract more non-relevant answers. Please leave this question open. I still hope someone writes or founds an appropriate tool and mentions it here. – sastanin Jan 28 '10 at 9:07
Are we going to go around in circles? This is a duplicate question, older then 3 months, which has been viewed 100 times, generate 2 answers with up-votes, and both products are mentioned as answers to the duplicate question. SU is not a forum. It's a Q&A site with a strict policy on only allowing one question for a particular need. The next logical step would be to delete this question. – BinaryMisfit Jan 28 '10 at 9:58
This question is not an exact duplicate. It asks about different kind of tools for different platforms. SU is not a forum, but I hope it is not a Windows-only Q&A site. BTW, this question cannot attract attention or collect answers while it remains closed. – sastanin Mar 4 '10 at 11:57

Dropbox works well on Mac, Windows and Linux.

Allows you to automatically sync entire directories with many machines over the internet.

Microsoft Mesh is also very good but I think is just Mac and Windows. (although Linux users can use the web site, but not full on sync)

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Does it allow two-way syncing between two local folders? (E.g. internal disk and an external disk?). What about translations? – sastanin Aug 28 '09 at 14:53
No, I think both are for syncing cross computer, not for a single computer. – William Hilsum Aug 28 '09 at 15:25

SyncToy would match to most of points (especially user-friendliness, from my point of view), but it's a Windows-only tool.

So, of course, it won't match to the "cross-platform" condition. I'm mentioning it mostly as a reference. Ideally, we would need to find a similar tool, working under linux.

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I have used SyncToy on Windows systems to sync over to a Samba share on a Linux system, it works great. – jtimberman Aug 28 '09 at 15:01
Thanks, I'll consider it. – sastanin Aug 28 '09 at 15:11
Well, probably it may work SyncToy + Samba share for windows and something else and the same share for Linux... Thanks! – sastanin Aug 31 '09 at 9:12

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