BitTorrent Sync: Free, Unlimited, and Secure 'Dropbox' Alternative Enters Beta

BitTorrent Sync, a decentralized file-syncing system spearheaded by the entrepreneurial minds at the BitTorrent Labs was released as an Alpha last April. Now it's here in an updated Beta iteration with more features including mobile syncing and archiving. This could be big for filmmakers: the ability to quickly sync large files between multiple people or devices without the use of a central server. It's free, unlimited, secure, and was designed for "fast file transfer: between users and machines; between editors and collaborators." Hit the jump to learn more:

Since April, Alpha users have synced over 8 petabytes of data; applying BitTorrent to classroom setups, film collaborations, remote backup, data storage, blogging, and project management.

Here's the list of added features and fixes from Alpha to Beta:

  • One-way synchronization
  • One-time secrets
  • Option to exclude specific files/directories
  • Advanced preferences configuration
  • Support for additional types of NAS devices
  • Improved Linux WebUI
  • Bug fixes and other improvements

'Secrets' are essentially permissions that you can add to your files, providing multiple layers of access and control over your media for different users. This new Beta allows you to view and access previous versions of your files as well. On the mobile side it's currently only for Android devices, but plans for an iOS version in the future is likely. Also of interest is this post from BitTorrent that explains how to create your own personal cloud with BitTorrent sync. The advantages to this technology are the same with other peer-to-peer protocols, but perhaps the most pragmatic benefit is speed. With BitTorrent Sync, mirroring many gigabytes of data becomes much more manageable, and as data rates and file sizes increase, so must our methods of transfer and delivery.

BitTorrent Sync Sending with Android

Have more questions? Be sure to read their FAQ about the product (although at the time of writing this it looks like it's not updated for the Beta yet). You can download the application here.

Is this something you're looking to add into any of your workflows? Share in the comments below.


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This is really exciting stuff. It kind of blows my mind the same way their streaming service does. The Raspberry Pi cloud idea is brilliant. It is small enough you could actually attach it to your camera if someone figures out the CF->SSD conversion for magic lantern. You could have the files in a watched folder that automatically converts to cineform or something. Just an idea.

It will be interesting to see how BitTorrent continues to change the landscape of the internet. Fascinating stuff!

July 18, 2013 at 1:22AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


Can't say I fully understand it, but I'm excited about it. I will definitely try this out.

July 18, 2013 at 12:08PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I think this is potentially huge. I've always griped about the file limitation size in Dropbox etc. I know you can enlarge the size but it only becomes cost driven because Dropbox stores a version on their servers. With this you can sync your own backups to RAID etc. Not only that but you can build interactive platforms that utilise the speed of torrenting for a customer base, or as filmmakers like to call them . . . audiences. Cross platform storytelling and pure file driven distribution becomes incredibly cheap because it's cloud driven rather than centrally server based. Amazon should be worried about this . . . or they will utilise it.

July 18, 2013 at 1:35PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


I tested this the other day and got a transfer rate between two computers at home of 7.9mbps upload and 9.1 download speed.

July 20, 2013 at 6:00AM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM


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August 8, 2013 at 4:39PM, Edited September 4, 8:21AM