It’s 2021 and you’ve just realized you have a crap-ton of files and folders all over the place because, let’s face it, what else has there been to do this past year other than sit around and hoard memes? But now, you’ve become sentimentally attached to those wonderful bits of deadpan humour, so you need to get them to a safe place. Such a task requires only the best of tools, that scales any way you need it, and can even work over the local network in the event the apocalypse doesn’t get canceled. Introducing Syncthing.
First off, let’s look at what you’ll need. Syncthing itself is a daemon/service, not an “app” in the traditional sense. It’s something that can run in the background on your Linux, Windows, or macOS machines, as well as your Android phones and tablets. There are however, frontends for Syncthing that make the configuration and management of it much nicer than a config file! I am only covering Linux and Android in this miniguide, but there are apps for many different operating systems!
Syncthing also has something called a Web UI, which is essentially a webpage that connects to the running Syncthing daemon on your system and lets you monitor its status or configure it. This will be what I cover here.