2023-11-17-11+ Comparison of Mainstream File Synchronization Tools - Minor Software

Comparison of 11+ Mainstream File Synchronization Tools - Xiaozhong Software#


A forum user named @Longbearded Cat has posted a thread on the forum:

The thread discusses 11+ mainstream file synchronization software and provides a simple comparison. Let's take a look and see if there are any synchronization tools you need.

Comparison of 11+ Mainstream File Synchronization Tools 1

Discussion on Synchronization Software#

@Longbearded Cat says:

I have used various synchronization software to meet my file synchronization needs, including Kingsoft Kuaipan and Baidu Cloud Sync. In the end, I chose Seafile. However, with the start of remote work due to the pandemic, my needs shifted towards the use of historical file versions. For certain reasons, I switched from Seafile to Nextcloud. However, as the number of files gradually increased, Nextcloud showed performance issues, so it's time to reevaluate. I currently don't have the conditions to test external network connections.

I am an architect, and I mainly manage a large number of engineering files (mainly DWG, accumulated for over a decade, about 50GB) and a large amount of engineering data and commonly used software files. These files continue to increase, with an average increase of four to five GB per year. Although the security of engineering files and the functionality of historical file versions are important, I hope to use the same software for unified management. The engineering data and commonly used software files are large but not frequently modified, and the security requirements are not high. Using backup software can meet the requirements.

Here is a comparison chart:

Software NameTypeOfficial WebsiteCross-Platform File ViewingFree or PaidCostHistorical File VersionsRemarks
SeafileSelf-hosted CentralizedWebsiteYesFree Community Edition-Yes-
NextcloudSelf-hosted CentralizedWebsiteYesFree-Yes-
Jianshu CloudCommercial CentralizedWebsiteYesFree with limitations199/yearYes-
Tianyi Cloud DiskCommercial CentralizedWebsiteYesFree with limitationsPlatinum: 193/year Gold: 108/yearNo-
Weili SyncDecentralizedWebsiteNoFree-No-
GoodSyncDecentralizedWebsiteNoFree trial150/year for 5 devicesNo-
Aomei Easy BackupDecentralizedWebsiteNoFree with limitations98/year 128 permanentNo-
FreeFileSyncDecentralizedWebsiteNoFree with limitationsUnlimitedNo-
FilegeeDecentralizedWebsiteNoFree with limitationsHome Edition 98 yuan Complete Edition 498 yuan Permanent Edition single deviceNo-
Synology DriveSelf-hosted CentralizedWebsiteYes--Yes-

The thread also includes more detailed software introductions, but I won't include the original text here due to length. You can go and check it out.

It compares Seafile and Nextcloud, Jianshu Cloud and Tianyi Cloud Disk, Syncthing, Weili Sync, and Resilio Sync, and GoodSync, Aomei Easy Backup, FreeFileSync, and Filegee.

There is also a more detailed chart:

ItemGoodSyncAomei Easy BackupFreeFileSyncFilegeeRemarks
Cost150/year98/year 128 permanentFree/UndeterminedFree/Home Edition 196 Complete Edition 996Prices for two devices
Cost for Single Device150/year98/year 128 permanentFree/UndeterminedFree/Home Edition 98 Complete Edition 498Prices for one device
One-Way SyncSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported-
Two-Way SyncSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported-
Mirror SyncSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported-
Real-Time SyncSupportedSupportedNot SupportedSupported-
Scheduled SyncSupportedSupportedNot SupportedSupported-
Recycle BinSupportedNot Supported?SupportedSupportedDeleted files in the source will not be completely deleted in the target
Local PathSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported-
Network PathSupportedSupportedSupportedSupportedNetwork Neighborhood
Network MappingSupportedSupportedSupportedSupported-
Cloud StorageSupported (Overseas)Not SupportedSupported (Google Drive)Supported (Home Edition and above)FileGee does not support two-way sync, uncertain for the other two
Object StorageSupported (Overseas)Not SupportedNot SupportedSupported (Complete Edition)-
FTP, SFTPSupportedNot SupportedSupportedSupported (Complete Edition)-
GoodSync ConnectSupportedNot SupportedNot SupportedNot Supported-
Maximum Number of TasksUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited?8 for Home Edition and below, unlimited for higher editions-

The above comparison may contain errors or omissions, so please double-check.

A conclusion has been reached: In summary, GoodSync can be chosen for real-time sync or LAN penetration requirements, otherwise, freefilesync can be chosen.

For now, Longbearded Cat plans to continue using Nextcloud for work files and backup design data using Synology Drive. At the same time, work files will also be synchronized using Synology Drive to prepare for a full transition to Synology Drive in the future.

This is a detailed summary. Qing Xiaowa has omitted the comparison text for each software. If you are interested, you can go to the forum to study and discuss. If you are not interested, this is almost the end.

So, it's a good thing that there are so many software options on the market, as it allows people with different needs to have different tools. It's really difficult to find a perfect tool.

As the saying goes: If it works, don't change it; if it doesn't work, come to Xiaozhong Software to find something new.

The discussion is still ongoing, and your opinions are welcome:

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