BitTorrent Sync 2.0 update brings long-awaited Pro version

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 3, 2015

BitTorrent announced Sync 2.0 and the launch of a Pro version of the product back in November 2014 and has released the final version of BitTorrent Sync 2.0 to the public today.

If you used Sync before you are probably wondering what is changing in the new version. There is still a free version available that you can upgrade your existing version to, but there is also a pro version now that offers additional features.

If you never heard about Sync before, it is a file synchronization service that uses direct connections between your devices which means that no third-party is involved in the process.

If you plan to continue using the free version you may be affected negatively by the update as shares have been restricted to a maximum of ten folders.

You can synchronize as many files as you want and are not restricted file size or transfer speed wise just like before though.

Considering that most file synchronization services require all data to be stored in a single root folder, it is not as bad as it sounds even though some users of the software may be affected by the restriction.

Sync 2.0 Pro

The new BitTorrent Sync Pro is available for $39.99 per year per user offering several features on top of what the standard version of Sync 2.0 offers.

Free users get access to 30-days of Pro after which the account is downgraded to free again unless a license is purchased.

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First, there is no folder limit in the Pro version which means that you can share as many folders as you want when you use it.

BitTorrent Sync 2.0 Pro ships with several core features in addition to what the free version of the file synchronization software has to offer.

  1. Folder ownership and permissions controls allow you to set permissions for specific contacts. You can give read and write access to a folder that is usually set to read only for example, make someone the owner of a folder or revoke user access.
  2. On-demand folder access. Instead of syncing all data right away for select folders, data is only synced when requested which saves storage space on devices where this is implemented without losing access to file and folder lists.
  3. Access to all shared folders from any device thanks to private identity support. This speeds up set up time on new devices as you can use the identity to add all folders in one go to the new device. You create a private identity on the first device you run Sync 2.0 on. The process is automated and you don't have to enter any data to complete it.


Especially the third feature adds some new possibilities to BitTorrent Sync. The developers have added support for select NAS devices and if you combine that with private identities, you can create your own always-on "cloud" server for all of your files using it.


As far as NAS support is concerned, you may want to check out the following page on the official website for a list of supported devices. Brands currently supported include Netgear, Western Digital, Seagate, Synology and others.

Closing Words

The core features of Sync are still all available free of charge in version 2.0. You can still use it to sync files between as many devices as you like without third-party involvement and the addition of NAS support for all users makes this even better.

Sure, some users will dislike the new 10 folders limit and that is understandable as the limitation was not there before.

Businesses and enterprises get additional features they will most certainly welcome: from better permission and access controls to private identity support.

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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

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    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.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

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  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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