Syncthing is a popular peer-to-peer file sharing/synchronization software. It uses a web GUI which can be a little confusing for beginners. SyncTrazor is an open source client that makes the P2P tool more user-friendly.
Note: The program prompts you whether you want to allow anonymous usage reporting. You can disable the option, or preview the report and decide if it’s alright. It does not contain personally identifiable data.
SyncTrazor’s distribution includes Syncthing, so you don’t have to download it separately.
SyncTrazor recommends you to set a username and password for authentication. To do this, click on the Actions menu in the top right corner, select Settings, switch to the GUI tab and set your username and password. You may want to toggle the use “HTTPS for GUI” option. Hit the save button to preserve your settings.
The interface displays your computer’s name at the top of the window, and also in the right-hand of the screen under the “This Device” section. SyncTrazor’s GUI is sort of like a file browser. The Folders section on the left lists all folders that have been set up for synchronization, while the “This Device” section on the right side of the screen displays some information about your computer.
Click on Default Folders to expand it, you’ll see a list that may not make much sense right now. That’s because we haven’t marked anything for synchronization yet. So let’s do that. Click the “+ Add Folder” button and a window will pop-up.
Assign a name to the directory using the folder label box. The folder ID can be ignored. The third option, Folder Path will pick up the name that you chose as the Folder Label. Synctrazor saves the folder in your USERS directory.
In our example it is located at, C:UsersAshwinghacks
You can define the Sharing, File Versioning, Ignore Patterns as required. If you just want to use Synctrazor for basic file synchronization tasks, you can ignore the settings. Refer to the official documentation for additional information.
However, there is one setting that you may want to customize. Switch to the Advanced tab and click on the Folder Type menu. This allows you set the folder’s synchronization behavior, i.e., whether it should send and receive files, or just do one of the two things.
Each folder that you add to SyncTrazor has its own settings, which is a nice thing.
Now that our folder is ready to be shared, you can add some content to it. e.g. photos, music, documents, etc. Any data inside the folder will be synced, including sub-folders.
Next, you need to add a remote device that you want to share the data with. You can connect to a different computer or a mobile phone.
To do this you will need to know the device ID, click on the Actions menu and select Show ID. Synctrazor will display a long alphanumerical code, and a QR code below it. You can either paste the alphanumerical content in the remote device or scan the QR code with your mobile phone.
In this example, I will be using the official SyncThing Android app. Tap on the + button in the top right corner of the app and select “Add Device”.
Note: You will need a barcode scanner app to scan the QR code.
Scan the code and give the remote device a name, which in this case is the client computer. Tap the checkmark in the top right corner to save the settings. Once you do that, you will see a notification appear in Synctrazor’s GUI. It displays the ID of the remote device and says that it wants to connect, and asks whether you want to add the device or ignore it.
Click on the add device button, and you can name the remote device, and save it. Your remote device will be listed on SyncTrazor’s screen and its status should be displayed as “Connected”.
Next, click on the Edit button and go to the Sharing tab. Choose the folders that you want to sync and hit save.
You should get a notification on your remote device about sharing the folder.
The Android app displays this in the Web GUI option that can be accessed from the side panel.
If your devices aren’t syncing, check the folder settings to see if it is set to “Send only”. The Syncthing Android app uses that by default, while SyncTrazor is set to send and receive.
The Syncthing console is displayed at the bottom of the SyncTrazor interface, maintains a log of all events that have been recorded.
SyncTrazor is officially recognized and recommended by Syncthing. A portable version of the application is available on the GitHub page.
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