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New Python version of the Pydio synchronization client [beta]

The work is still in progress. Make sure your server is recent and properly configured. This can help.

This is a python rewrite of the former java-based synchro client.

Server Requirements

Pydio server needs the following to be turned on:

  • RESTfull access point (see /rest.php file) and a working pair of credentials for that (rest_user/rest_password)
  • DB-based setup : serial-based will soon be deprecated anyway
  • Meta.syncable plugin applied to the workspace you want to synchronize. This will track all the changes in a specific db-table, making it very quick for the sync client to load the last changes.
  • php_rsync extension on the server to allow transferring files deltas instead of complete files contents when modified. Not yet implemented but will be back at one point.

##Client Setup


  • Make sure to install Python 2.7
  • Install pip - Make sure to have a version 1.4 or upper on Linux
  • Run: pip install git+

Quick start

Start main module

python -m pydio.main

If the UI is not installed, simply launched your webbrowser at, you can now create a synchronisation task. Your data will be stored in USER_HOME/.pydio_data/

Start with non-random credentials for the web-UI:

python -m pydio.main --api_user=UsernameForTheWebInterface --api_password=PasswordForTheWebInterface

Alternative parameters

Alternatively, you can start the program with the following parameters:

  • Pass a server configuration through parameters (will be added to the config file)
python -m pydio.main 
  • Pass a path to a json file containing the server configs:
python -m pydio.main 

In that case, the JSON file must contain an array of "jobs configs" objects, including a type key with value "JobConfig":

        "__type__"  : "JobConfig", // This one is important!
        "server"    : "http://mydomain.tld/path",
        "workspace" : "ws_alias_or_id",
        "directory" : "/Path/to/local/folder",
        "user"      : "user",
        "password"  : "password",
        "direction" : "bi", // can be "up", "down", "bi"
        "active"    : true

Development Setup


sudo apt-get install python
sudo apt-get install python-dev
sudo apt-get install python-pip
sudo apt-get install libzmq3-dev


Install python 2.7. To quickly setup python start powershell and paste this script

(new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile("", "$pwd\python-2.7.6.msi"); msiexec /i python-2.7.6.msi TARGETDIR=C:\Python27
[Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable("Path", "$env:Path;C:\Python27\;C:\Python27\Scripts\", "User")

Install Pip using powershell

(new-object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadFile("", "$pwd\"); C:\Python27\python.exe virtualenv

or using python itself

python -c "exec('try: from urllib2 import urlopen \nexcept: from urllib.request import urlopen');f=urlopen('').read();exec(f)"

Run to create virtual environment and build the app

All platforms

mkvirtualenv pydioenv
source pydioenv/bin/activate
pip install -r requirements.txt
# do some changes


python -m pydio.main -mp True


Profiling requires:

  • graphviz (packet manager: port, brew, apt, pact, yum...)
  • kernprof, gprof2dot, line_profiler (pip)

To obtain a useful callgraph with CPU usage:

python -m cProfile -o output.pstats
# -n and -e followed by a number allow to set a limit for nodes and edges to be draw based on total % cpu
gprof2dot -e 0.01 -n 0.01 -f pstats output.pstats | dot -Tpng -o output001.png

Another interesting point is to add an @profile marker and use:

kernprof -v -l

Reporting Issues

If you have any questions, please consider finding or posting them on our dedicated forum, once it is qualified as a bug, you can open issues.


Please sign the Contributor License Agreement before contributing.


Python version of the Pydio synchronization client




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