BitTorrent Sync: free plan folder limit lifted, new personal Pro pay-once plan

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 13, 2015
Updated • Aug 29, 2019

We have covered BitTorrent Sync several times before here on Ghacks as we have followed the file synchronization solution closely ever since the first alpha version was released back in 2013.

The main appeal of the product is its direct device to device synchronization capabilities. This is great for privacy as data is not parked or stored permanently in the cloud. While it means that both devices need to be online, it ensures that data is not stored on a server farm that you have no control over.

Functionality and pricing was introduced with the release of BitTorrent Sync 2.0 back in March 2015. The announcement caused quite the controversy as it limited the root folder count that you could sync with the software to ten. Since the limitation was not available previously, it looked as if the company wanted to get users to sign up for Pro accounts which were available for $39.99 per year at that time.

Update: BitTorrent Sync has been spun-off by BitTorrent Inc. The solution is called Resilio Sync now. A free plan is still available for Home users. End

BitTorrent Inc announced on Friday that it made the decision to change pricing and functionality for personal users.

bittorrent sync 2.2 changes pricing

Good news is that the free version remains, and that the ten folder limit has been lifted. This means that free users can once again add as many root folders to the application as they like without having to worry about reaching the artificial limit.

The new pricing table on the official website reveals another change: the company added a Pro version for individuals to the list of available plans.

Individuals who sign up for it pay a one-time fee of $39.99 instead of the yearly subscription fee that businesses pay that want to use the Pro functionality.

Differences between Free and Pro (individual), and Pro (individual) and Pro (business)

The two core differences between free and pro individual plans are that pro users get access to the selective sync feature (formerly known as sync all) which they can use to sync some but not all contents of a folder, and that they can change folder access permissions.

What individual pro users don't get are team management functionality and priority support, both of which are only available for business users who sign up for the pro subscription plan. This was not the case previously as all Pro customers received priority support.

The FAQ answers questions existing pro users may have. Individual Pro users may switch to the non-subscription license. Emails with instructions and information will be made available to all pro customers according to BitTorrent Inc.

It appears that individual Pro licenses won't provide lifetime upgrades, at least that's how I interpret the following Q and A.

Q: If I purchase a non-subscription license of Sync for personal use, will I be charged for major product updates in the future?

A: Non-subscription licenses will be subject to the standard product warranty but no Priority subscription support

Now You: Are you a BitTorrent Sync user? What's your take on the changes?

BitTorent Sync: free plan folder limit lifted, new personal Pro pay-once plan
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BitTorrent Sync free users can sync as many folders as they like once again with the most recent update. There is also a new pay-once individual Pro plan.
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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.

  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

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  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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