10.7 (Lion) or later
Vista or later


You can install the package from your distribution (likely old and not updated often), but we recommend to get our Flatpak with automatic updates to always enjoy the latest and greatest:

flatpak remote-add flathub
flatpak install flathub org.sparkleshare.SparkleShare

How does it work?

SparkleShare creates a special folder on your computer. You can add remotely hosted folders (or "projects") to this folder. These projects will be automatically kept in sync with both the host and all of your peers when someone adds, removes or edits a file.

What's it good for?

SparkleShare was made to cover certain use cases, but doesn't handle every scenario well. To help you decide if SparkleShare is right for you, here's a few examples of what it does well and less well with smiley faces:


Not so great

For more information on usecases, read the wiki.

Setting up a host

SparkleShare uses the version control system Git under the hood, so setting up a host yourself is relatively easy. Using your own host gives you more privacy and control, as well as lots of cheap storage space and higher transfer speeds. We've made a simple script that does the hard work for you:

# Run all of the following commands as the root user on
# a Debian or Red Hat based Linux system

# Fetch the Dazzle script
curl \
  --output /usr/bin/dazzle && chmod +x /usr/bin/dazzle

# Run the initial setup
dazzle setup

# Link SparkleShare clients using their Client ID found in the status menu
dazzle link

# Create a new project. Add as many as you need
dazzle create PROJECT_NAME

# Alternatively, create a new encrypted project
dazzle create-encrypted PROJECT_NAME

That's all there is to it. Since SparkleShare uses plain Git repositories, you can keep using all your favourite tools that work with it. For example, for more sophisticated hosting, including team management and access control, check out Gitlab.

If maintaining your own host isn't for you, there are also existing project hosting sites like Github or Bitbucket that are compatible with SparkleShare (keep in mind your projects will be public unless you're on a plan, respective Terms of Service agreements apply).

Why SparkleShare?

The idea of SparkleShare sprouted at the GNOME Usability Hackfest in London, where a couple of designers came to the conclusion that they didn't have a good (Open Source) collaboration tool to share their work (for more background, read “The one where the designers ask for a pony”). They didn't like how the good collaboration tools were proprietary, and that using them meant having to give up privacy, control and other rights. What they needed was something that they could run and control themselves, without having to depend on other companies.

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