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SparkleShare is a collaboration and sharing tool that is designed to keep things simple and to stay out of your way. It allows you to instantly sync with any Git repository you have access to.

SparkleShare currently works on Linux and Mac. A Windows port and mobile device support are planned for the future.

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SparkleShare is free software and licensed under the GNU GPLv3 or later. You are welcome to change and redistribute it under certain conditions. For more information see the LICENSE file or visit

Run on Linux


  • git >= 1.7.0
  • gtk-sharp2
  • gvfs
  • intltool
  • libnotify
  • mono-core >= 2.8
  • notify-sharp
  • nautilus-python
  • openssh
  • pygtk
  • webkitgtk
  • webkit-sharp

Run the service, either click the SparkleShare launcher or:

$ sparkleshare start

You can stop the service via the graphical interface or by typing:

$ sparkleshare stop

For help:

$ sparkleshare --help


SparkleShare creates its own RSA keypair in ~/config/sparkleshare/ and uses that for authentication. Please mind this if you're planning to set up your own server by hand.

Build on Linux

Install build dependencies

Debian or Ubuntu (apt):

$ sudo apt-get install gtk-sharp2 mono-runtime mono-devel monodevelop \
  libndesk-dbus1.0-cil-dev nant libnotify-cil-dev libgtk2.0-cil-dev mono-mcs mono-gmcs \
  libwebkit-cil-dev intltool libtool python-nautilus libndesk-dbus-glib1.0-cil-dev

Fedora (yum):

$ sudo yum install gtk-sharp2-devel mono-core mono-devel monodevelop \
  ndesk-dbus-devel ndesk-dbus-glib-devel nautilus-python-devel nant \
  notify-sharp-devel webkit-sharp-devel webkitgtk-devel libtool intltool \

For Ubuntu libappindicator support, install the following package:

$ sudo apt-get install libappindicator0.1-cil-dev 

You can then build and install SparkleShare like this:

$ ./configure --prefix=/usr (or ./ if you build from the repository)
$ make
$ sudo make install

Note: Use --prefix=/usr if you want the Nautilus extension to work.

Run on Mac

Just double-click the SparkleShare bundle.

Build on Mac

Install Xcode, the Mono Framework, MonoDevelop and the MonoMac plugin (you can find it in MonoDevelop => Add-in Manager).

You may need to adjust some environment variables to let the build environment tools find mono:

$ export PATH=/Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/Current/bin:$PATH
$ export PKG_CONFIG=/Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/Current/bin/pkg-config
$ export PKG_CONFIG_PATH=/Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/Current/lib/pkgconfig

Install git, automake, and intltool using MacPorts:

$ sudo port install git-core automake intltool

Start the first part of the build:

$ ./ --enable-gtkui=no
$ make

Now that you have compiled the libraries, open SparkleShare/Mac/SparkleShare.sln in MonoDevelop and start the build.

To create the, make sure the project is focused and select Project from the menu bar and click "Create Mac Installer...". Make sure to select "Don't link assemblies".

Save the somewhere. Paste the contents of the following file in

Copy /Library/Frameworks/Mono.framework/Versions/Current/lib/libintl.dylib to

Now you should have a working bundle that you can run.


Official website:
Source code:
IRC Channel: #sparkleshare on
Report issues:
Translation project:

Now have fun and create cool things together! :)