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Version 6.0 now supports iOS!

Download here or search the App Store for "Flying Carpet File Transfer." I only have so many devices to test with so if you experience bugs please submit an issue with screenshots or output and let me know what happened.

Flying Carpet

To download, visit the releases page.

Wireless, encrypted file transfer over automatically configured ad hoc networking. No network infrastructure required (access point, router, switch). Just two computers or phones (iOS, Mac, Linux, and Windows supported) with WiFi chips in close range.

Don't have a flash drive? Don't have access to a wireless network or don't trust one? Need to move a file larger than 2GB between different filesystems but don't want to set up a file share? Try it out!



  • Cross-platform: Linux, iOS, macOS, and Windows.

  • Transfer multiple files or entire folders at once, without losing progress if the transfer is interrupted or canceled.

  • Drag and drop onto the window to select (except on Windows).

  • Does not use Bluetooth or your local network, just WiFi chip to WiFi chip.

  • Files encrypted in transit.

  • Large files supported (<10MB RAM usage while transferring a 4.5GB file).

  • No installation required and no dependencies needed.

  • Interoperable GUI and CLI versions.

GUI Use:

Mac: unzip to find an .app bundle. You'll have to right-click and select Open to run because it's not code-signed or distributed through the App Store.


chmod +x ./FlyingCarpet/flyingcarpet

Windows: extract, open the resulting folder, and run flyingcarpet.exe. You may have to click More Info to get past the Windows SmartScreen filter. You may also need to disable WiFi Sense.

GUI Compilation Instructions:

  • go get -x

  • Windows only: Open flyingcarpet\WFD_DLL\WFD_DLL.sln with Visual Studio, and compile in Release mode for x64.

  • If compiling on Windows, get mt.exe (available in Windows SDKs) and make sure it's in your path.

  • Go through the entire setup guide for therecipe/qt and make sure qtdeploy is in your path. (Use the sections of the installation guide with header In Module (per project) mode. Working commands can also be found in gui/qtSetupCommands.txt in this repo.)

  • Run .\wg_rebuild.ps1 from Powershell (for Windows), ./mg_rebuild from Terminal (for Mac), or ./lg_rebuild (for Linux).

CLI Compilation Instructions

  • go get -x

  • Windows only: Open flyingcarpet\WFD_DLL\WFD_DLL.sln with Visual Studio, and compile in Release mode for x64. Then copy flyingcarpet/WFD_DLL/x64/Release/WFD_DLL.dll to flyingcarpet/core/wfd.dll.

  • cd $GOPATH/src/

  • go build -o flyingcarpet.exe


  • Apple devices can only transfer to/from Windows and Linux as they can no longer programmatically run hotspots. Use AirDrop instead.

  • 64-bit only.

  • Disables your wireless internet connection while in use (does not apply to Windows when receiving).

  • Drag-and-drop does not work on Windows because Flying Carpet requires administrator privileges on Windows and files cannot be dragged between processes of different privilege level. See more.

  • Flying Carpet should rejoin you to your previous wireless network after a completed or canceled transfer. This may not happen if the program freezes, crashes, or if the windows is closed during operation.

Planned Features:

  • Android version, but I have to learn Kotlin and Android development first so it may be a while.

  • Use QR codes instead of passwords on mobile?

If you've used Flying Carpet, please send feedback to Thanks for your interest!


Encrypted file transfer over ad hoc WiFi. No network infrastructure required, just two laptops in close range. Linux, Mac, and Windows. iOS version available!








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