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Setup BitTorrent Sync on Raspberry Pi

While all the hype is all about cloud storage, Dropbox, Google Drive, or self-hosted OwnCloud, here comes P2P based file syncing tool called BitTorrent® Sync. The main ideology is your data remains yours and just with you, not on any third party server, thus possibly keeping away prying eyes like NSA, ICMS, etc. In our previous article on OwnCloud we have seen how to set up our own cloud storage, and this time its P2P Sync from the makers of BitTorrent. One down-side of self hosted file sharing / syncing system is that it needs to be left turned on always for 24x7 availability. And Raspberry Pi is a perfect choice for this, low power consumption, small size, etc. So let's get straight into business...

Step 1
Download BitTorrent Sync

Step 2 
Unzip & Untar the downloaded file
cd /home/pi
tar -zxvf btsync_arm.tar.gz

Step 3
Start BitTorrent Sync

Step 4
Configure Raspberry Pi to start btsync everytime it starts
sudo crontab -e

Add the following line and ctrl+x and confirm to save
@reboot /home/pi/btsync

Step 5
Now just go ahead and point your browser to your Raspberry Pi

http:[Your Raspberry Pi IP]//:8888

Your need to configure the folders you plan to sync with other devices, and login credentials as you wish to choose.

This is far more easier than OwnCloud way, the Android client app for BitTorrent Sync comes for free and have great utility. Go for it...


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  2. Do I need any web server running? It don't connect..installing on a plain deb image.