If you want a easy, reliable and cross-platform way to share files between computers, phones, etc, it may be of your interest.

  • lemmyreader
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    162 months ago

    I like LocalSend, much easier than KDEConnect, and also on F-Droid. But I have to confess that I usually send photos via Signal on mobile to myself and then open Signal app on the desktop to download it.

    • @[email protected]
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      22 months ago

      I even do that with links because syncing tabs between Firefox instances is so unreliable for me.

  • @[email protected]
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    112 months ago

    I have been using it for the last ~6 months and found it to be very useful and easy to use. Transferring stuff between Android phones, Windows 10 & 11 PCs and a Steam Deck (i.e. Linux PC) has been a breeze.

    • @[email protected]
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      72 months ago

      I installed it and immediately felt like it was one of those apps I’d been waiting for my whole life.

    • Knighthawk 0811
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      32 months ago

      i prefer pairdrop specifically because there’s no install.

      however, looks like local send (after install) might work offline as long as they local network is up.

    • Edu4rdSHLOP
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      22 months ago

      I stopped using pairdrop/snapdrop because it doesn’t work on native wayland chrome/chromium due to webrtc.

        • Edu4rdSHLOP
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          02 months ago

          It’s about webrtc, which the support on Firefox is even more poor.

  • @[email protected]
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    I kid you not, I was actually looking for a solution like that yesterday! hopefully it’ll handle a few tens of gigabytes between my two Linux laptops.

    • @[email protected]
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      52 months ago

      This is one file at a time. It’s designed more for very quick “Oops I need that photo” sort of stuff.

      What you want to do is better served by NFS, SMB or SFTP.

        • Avid Amoeba
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          32 months ago

          Synced many terabytes, over WiFi, Ethernet and the Internet with Syncthing. It works for all use cases, large and small.

          • @[email protected]
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            22 months ago

            When we are talking terabytes of data there are faster ways for the initial sync job.

            I would just use rsync/sftp/robocopy or similar for that first copy for faster transfers, then setup Syncthing on those shares for delta syncs.

            • Avid Amoeba
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              Are you sure those are faster? The only obvious slowdown in Syncthing compared to them is the initial file scan. The file transfer saturates the pipes like any other option. If you meant the file scan overhead, then we’re on the same page. ☺️

              At the same time Syncthing is ultra resilient and will auto-restart and continue syncing no matter what happens to the network connection or the hosts during transfer without intervention. This is why I stopped using rsync for initial transfers. When the initial transfer would take a week over the Internet, using Syncthing and swallowing the initial scan is nice because you don’t need to look after it.

              • @[email protected]
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                -12 months ago

                Yep, with ST I can trust the files will get there. For large folders I just occasionally check on them.

        • Fontasia
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          22 months ago

          Am I allowed to think it’s weird the entire open source community can’t compete with SMB?

          • lemmyreader
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            22 months ago

            SMB is a protocol that can be used with Samba software in Linux since many years, so there is no need to compete I figure. Depending on the use case, I like to use rsync for copying files across.

      • Edu4rdSHLOP
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        22 months ago

        It does actually support several files, folders, or anything.

    • @[email protected]
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      12 months ago

      Use Syncthing.

      Works a breeze, does require an install on the devices, but man it just works.

  • @richmondez
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    32 months ago

    Seem to be quite a few of these types of apps, I’ve been using landrop recently, how does this one compare?

    • @[email protected]
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      52 months ago

      I have not used Landrop but looking at it from the outside, Landrop is version 0.4 and has received no development for 3 years now. LocalSend is past 1.0 and still in active development. I’d rather use LocalSend then instead of something abandoned before it was deemed complete.

      • @richmondez
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        22 months ago

        Thanks, this tends to be functionality I dont need that often but when I do it’s frustratingly difficult finding something that doesnt feel like it’s going to need me to sign over my soul so it’s good to know about other open source solutions.

      • @[email protected]
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        22 months ago

        I was using landrop before. Works fine but the GUI was just a bit off, not intuitive enough. That’s Localsend’s biggest improvement IMO.

  • @[email protected]
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    12 months ago

    You also can send the files between a laptop and a phone just by connecting to the phone hotspot. (At least with Linux)