Synchronizing folders and files

The Leveler

Article from Issue 167/2014

Legacy backup programs are too heavyweight for a quick backup on the fly, but Synkron helps you keep smaller datasets in sync with just a couple of mouse clicks.

Backup solutions for large networks or workgroups are two-a-penny on Linux, but if you just want to back up a couple of folders with your personal data or keep a backup copy of this data in sync, legacy backup tools are often oversized and thus not fit for the purpose. A small Qt application named Synkron [1] steps into the breach and has custom features with enough potential to keep datasets from different sources in sync at all times.


Synkron can be installed from the software repos of virtually all major KDE-based distributions; after installation, you will see a launcher in the Utilities | Archive menu. Arch Linux and derivatives such as Manjaro or Antergos also have Synkron in the AUR [2]. If your distribution does not offer the program, the source code is available for downloading from the project website.

The first time you launch the software, you are taken to a clear-cut program window in which the most important, central element is two input areas for path details. You can enter the two folders you want to sync here; pressing the Browse button to the right gives you an easy way to do so.


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