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SparkleShare is a file sharing and collaboration app. It works just like Dropbox, and you can run it on your own server. It's available for Linux distributions, macOS, and Windows. Support the project on Patreon.


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.

Install on Ubuntu or Fedora

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

Now you can run SparkleShare from the apps menu.

Note: by default SparkleShare uses an AppIndicator status icon on Linux. If you use GNOME on a distribution other than Ubuntu, please install the AppIndicator extension. If you don't use GNOME, you can start SparkleShare with --status-icon=gtk.

Install on macOS

Download the app from the releases page.

Set up a host

Under the hood SparkleShare uses the version control system Git and the large files extension Git LFS, 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. If you need to manage a lot of projects and/or users we recommend hosting a GitLab Community Edition instance.

Build from source

SparkleShare is Free and Open Source software and licensed under the GNU GPLv3 or later. You are welcome to change and redistribute it under certain conditions. Its library Sparkles is licensed under the GNU LGPLv3 or later.

Here are instructions to build SparkleShare on Linux distributions, macOS, and Windows.

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