A look at BitTorrent Sync's Pro features: Sync All and On-the-fly permissions

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 13, 2015
Updated • Jan 13, 2015

BitTorrent Sync is a file synchronization service that uses BitTorrent technology as its foundation. Unlike other file synchronization services, it is not relying on Internet servers to store data.

Note: BitTorrent Sync 2 is currently in active development which means that it is not final. This is just a snapshot describing the current state of development and no representation of the final product.

That's beneficial to privacy but adds the requirement that at least two computers need to be connected to the Internet for the data to be synced (one with the files and the other who requested them).

When BitTorrent Sync launched it was a rather bare bones application that you could use to sync files and set basic permissions but that was about it.

The developers have been hard at work and announced that they are working on BitTorrent Sync 2.0 that improves the software on many levels.

During that announcement, they mentioned the plan to release a BitTorrent Sync 2.0 Pro version that would offer features that the free version would not.

Today, the first two pro features landed in public alpha builds of BitTorrent Sync 2.0.

Sync All

Up until now, you had the option to sync all files of a selected folder or no files at all. While that works most of the time, it could result in storage issues on target devices since there are not any size limitations when it comes to the sharing of files and folders.

If you are running a 64 Gigabyte Surface Pro 3 device you probably don't want to sync a 20 Gigabyte development folder to the device, especially if you only need some files or a single project folder and not all of it.

Sync All adds that feature to the software. Instead of syncing all files and folders, you switch it to off so that none are downloaded to the device at first.

Placeholder images are displayed instead on the system which you can click on in Windows Explorer to sync them to the device.

Move the mouse cursor over the shared item and click on the three dots that appear to change the Sync all state of that item on the device.

When you do, you get the option to keep all files that have been synced already or delete them all.

New folders that are shared display a sync all setting directly so that you can make the selection before any data is transferred.

On-the-fly Permissions

on the fly permissions

BitTorrent Sync supports three different permissions of which you can set two for each folder you share (the third is owner which is automatically given if you add a folder to the software that you want to sync).

You can set a share to read only which allows others to read files but not modify them, or to read & write which allows them to do both.

On-the-fly permissions allow you to change permissions for individual peers connected to your device. You can leave permissions at read only for most but change permissions for those who need write access to read&write for example.

There is an option to set the owner privilege as well.

A look at BitTorrent Sync's Pro features: Sync All and On-the-fly permissions
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A look at BitTorrent Sync's Pro features: Sync All and On-the-fly permissions
Find out what the first two BitTorrent Sync Pro features, Sync All and On-the-fly permissions, do.

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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 name.com 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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