BitTorrent Sync hits 10 Million Users, New Version is Way More Usable for Filmmakers

When BitTorrent's file transfer app BitTorrent Sync hit the 1 million user mark earlier this year, we knew they would only continue to become a go-to way to transfer files. They are now at 10 million user installs and it's one of the only ways of bypassing "the cloud" when transferring files over the internet. With version 1.4, they've brought us new sharing features and a redesigned user interface, saying, "No cloud means faster transfer speeds and that no third parties ever have your data; your data belongs to you."

"Sync gives you full ownership over your data. With no third parties involved in storing or arbitrating your data, you know exactly where your files go. Privacy controls including Read-Only/Read & Write options, link expirations and approval settings, which all let you customize the level of access you want to provide."

As a user of the previous iteration of BitTorrent Sync, I'm really glad they decided to keep working on it and improve it. It was a little difficult to explain to people how to set it up if they weren't a little more tech savvy than normal. For those who liked the "secrets" (now called "keys") system of sharing folders found in versions 1.3 and earlier of BT Sync, the option is still available. So, what about transferring huge media files you ask? It works. It works incredibly well. BitTorrent says that cloud-based solutions slow the speed of transfer:

Remember, both nodes (devices) need to be on and connected to the internet to be syncing, so don't forget to leave your laptop open when you leave the house if you're transferring large files.


New in this Release

The main new feature is the introduction of easy linking -- enabling users to share files without signing up for an account. On top of that, the app has been totally redesigned and it makes it a lot more user-friendly. I haven't used it yet because at the time of writing this post it's not currently out, but it looks like a vast improvement on what was already a very usable and powerful tool.

Download it and try it out todayand let us know your experience with it.

Link: Introducing BitTorrent version 1.4 -- BitTorrent Blog

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Never used it, but what if I have a very bad upload speed? or if I use it in my workplace, will it slow down all my other connections?

August 26, 2014 at 3:02PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


You can set a limit for the upload and download speeds if need be at your workplace. As for having a bad connection speed, I recommend upgrading your internet provider...

August 26, 2014 at 3:51PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


I really hoped this would be better than dropbox and used it last November for an animation project. It didn't work. Large files never were synced. Sometimes files appeared twice and so one. For a proffessional environment it was useless. Anyone knows if it is better now?

August 26, 2014 at 4:20PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


I use it quite a bit for sending videos to my sound guy and it works really well. Much better than Dropbox which converts files into weird formats, zips folders, and does a ton of stuff you have to undo. BitTorrentSync just moves the files to the other computer at a much higher speed and leaves the file formats alone.

Since it's peer to peer, it's always going to be dependent on both computers Internet speed, so that could be where some of your issues are coming from. But I strongly urge you to get this setup up because, #1 it's free, #2 when it works it works really well.

August 26, 2014 at 5:51PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


Wetransfer works really well for me. Up to 10gb upload and fast

August 27, 2014 at 1:47AM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM


I use free FTP software and store locally. I assume this product is very advanced compared to FTP, but with FTP you have total control.

September 1, 2014 at 3:10PM, Edited September 4, 8:56AM