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SparkleShare 0.2 Release Candidate 1

SparkleShare is a file sharing and collaboration tool inspired by Dropbox. 

SparkleShare isn't just a piece of software, it's part of your workflow. It's 
designed to make sharing documents and collaboration easier, and to make peers 
aware of what you are doing. It allows you to instantly sync with any Git 
repository you have access to. The user interface and features are made to 
support this goal. Though SparkleShare is not made to be a graphical frontend 
for git or a backup tool, it may be useful for other kinds of purposes as well, 
like backing up small files or monitoring your favourite project. In contrast 
to the projects name, we will very likely refuse to implement your personal 

SparkleShare currently only works on Linux/GNOME.
Windows and OSX ports are planned for the future.


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

Run on Linux:

SparkleShare currently requires:

   - git >= 1.7
   - gtk-sharp2 >= 2.12.7
   - mono-core >= 2.2
   - ndesk-dbus >= 0.6
   - openssh
   - gvfs >= 1.3
   - intltool
   - libnotify
   - nautilus-python
   - 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 ~/.ssh and uses that for
   authentication. Please mind this if you're planning to set up your own server 
   by hand.

Build on Linux:

To build SparkleShare you need:

   - gtk-sharp2-devel >= 2.12.7
   - mono-core >= 2.2
   - mono-devel >= 2.2
   - monodevelop >= 2.0
   - ndesk-dbus-devel >= 0.6
   - ndesk-dbus-glib-devel >= 0.6
   - nautilus-python-devel
   - nant
   - notify-sharp-devel
   - webkit-gtk-devel
   - webkit-sharp-devel

Installing the build dependencies on Debian:

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

You can build and install SparkleShare like this:

   $ ./configure (or ./autogen if you got SparkleShare from the repository)
   $ make
   $ sudo make install


   Use './configure --prefix=/usr' if you want the Nautilus extension to work.

Run on Mac:

Just double-click the

Build on Mac:

Install the Mono Framework, Monodevelop (plus the MonoMac plugin), and MacPorts.

Install git-core, automake and intltool using 'port install'.
Make sure that git or a symbolic link to git is in /usr/bin.


   You may need to adjust some environment variables to 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
   $ ./
   $ make

The last step will give you some errors, but you only need the libraries to be compiled.
Open 'SparkleShare/Mac/SparkleShare.sln' in MonoDevelop and start the build.

Frequently Asked Question

Q: Why is it written in Mono/C#?
A: Because I hate freedom.


Official website:

Project page:

IRC Channel:
#sparkleshare on


Issue tracker:

Translation project:

Now have fun and create cool things together! :)
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