MegaSync: Mega's synchronization client for Windows

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 1, 2013
Updated • Oct 9, 2013

The file hosting service Mega has seen an incredible rise in popularity ever since it launched in the beginning of 2013. In fact, it did surpass established services such as Rapidshare on its way to the top, and while there are still some services out there that are more popular, Mediafire comes to mind for instance, it is on a good way to compete with those services on an eye-to-eye level.

Mega launched as a web-only service initially, but has expanded its reach by launching applications for various operating systems. First to launch was the official Android application, with the promise that official Mega clients for iOS and Windows would follow in September.

While I cannot say anything about the client for Apple's iOS operating system, the native client for Windows has just launched semi-officially (meaning there is no official word yet on the Mega blog that it is available).

Update: Turns out that MegaSync is not an official client created by after all. Mega has confirmed to us via email that the client has not been created by them.  While it still works fine, it is important to know as you may not want to run a third party sync client on your computer after all.


Before you do get too excited, it needs to be noted that the client is currently offered as a beta version. While that does not necessarily mean that it not ready for prime time, you may want to keep your expectations in check as it is a work in progress.

You can download the MegaSync client from this shared folder on the Mega website. Installation worked fine on a Windows 7 64-bit test system, but should work on other versions of Windows as well.

The installer itself gives you options to run a typical installation, or use a custom (called advanced) installation instead. If you choose the latter, you may change the root Mega folder on your system. You also have to select a node which may be difficult to select, as there is no explanation of what nodes are.

Nodes are folders on Mega. Just open your account on the Mega website and pick one of the folders that exist there for synchronization. If you want all files to be synced, select \ as the node instead. All folders need to start with \ followed by the path on the Mega website.

If you select typical installation, a new Windows Sync folder will be created on Mega that is used as the main sync folder. You can however add more nodes in the preferences of the Windows program.

To change nodes or add nodes to the client, click on Syncs in the settings. Here you see a list of all existing nodes and their local folder, and get options to add or delete nodes.

If you have selected typical installation, you may want to add the root node to the client so that all of your files get synchronized.

The settings display the storage space, free and used, let you limit the upload rate, add a proxy, or change auto start and update settings.

The client works fine from what I can tell. I did not run into any issues up until now. What is missing though are technical information about the client, e.g. what is done to protect the flow of data.

Closing Words

If you are a heavy Mega users and would like your files to be synced to your Windows devices, then you may want to try the beta version of the MegaSync application for Windows as it enables you to do exactly that. Cautious users may want to wait for a stable release of the application. There is no word yet though on when that will happen. (via Caschy)


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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