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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, Mac and Windows.

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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

Running SparkleShare


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


You can choose to build from source or get the packages through your distribution's repositories.


git >= 1.7.3
mono-core >= 2.8




Download, unzip and open the SparkleShare bundle.


Download the installer and run SparkleShare from the start menu.

Build on Linux

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

For Ubuntu libappindicator support, install the following package:

$ sudo apt-get install libappindicator0.1-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

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.

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. Copy SparkleShare/Mac/config to (adjust the paths to where you saved the .app):

cp SparkleShare/Mac/config

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

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

Build on Windows

Install version 4.0 of the .NET Framework if you haven't already.

Install msysGit. Change the install location to C:\msysgit and use the default settings for the other settings during the installation. Copy the C:\msysgit directory into bin\msysgit (in the SparkleShare source directory).

Open a command prompt and execute the following:

cd C:\path\to\SparkleShare\source
cd SparkleShare\Windows
  • \bin should now contain SparkleShare.exe, which you can run.

If you want to create an installer package, install WiX 3.6, and run:

build installer


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Source code:
IRC Channel: #sparkleshare on
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Now have fun and create cool things together! :)