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

  • @[email protected]
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    Using kde-connect for that, works really nicely cross platform.

    Also inb4 “Discord community server - no thanks” :D

    • Goku
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      I love KDE connect have been using it for years.

      Only issue is recently I tried it on my raspberry pi and some features don’t work. Specifically I can’t get clipboard sharing or remote input to work on my raspberry pi.

    • @[email protected]
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      Works great on my linux laptop. It’s also available for windows but lacks some sruff there unfortunately. For example you can only send one file at a time and many media players in windows are not recognized and yherefore cannot be controlled from the phone.

      I know this is the linux community. Just wanted to mention these things for people like me who also have a windows machine for gaming

    • @[email protected]
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      113 days ago

      I tried to use it between my Mint installation and my iPhone but couldn’t get it to work. Didn’t get any error messages, they just couldn’t find each other. Any idea what’s up?

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    Stupid question from an ignorant fool: how does this differ from just using bluray to transfer files?


    EDIT: GOD I AM AN IDIOT I MEAN BLUETOOTH. BLUETOOTH. XDDD

    • Mrrdrr
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      Burning physical bluray discs can take quite a lot of time.

        • @[email protected]
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          515 days ago

          I mistyped. I.meant Bluetooth. Lol.

          That being said, disk drives are extremely common if you build your own PC. 😈

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            Idk about now… But BluRay Disk drives were quite expensive and not worth it, only worth it if you could burn Blu rays but those were even more expensives. So not common at all. Even physical games that could have benefit from then used just multiple DVDs instead, like the Flight Simulator 2020 which uses likes 10 DVDs

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              You said disk drives, not specifically bluray disk drives. The former is not entirely uncommon yet, though the latter may be. Although in retrospect it may have been obvious by context that that’s what you were talking about. Sorry about that.

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                Well actually you got confused as I am not the guy who did say “disk drives”, that’s somebody else.

                In any case I understood you as talking about the non BluRay indicating they are common in builds.

                I mentioned BluRays because that’s the only one that nowadays could make sense to have and could be common to add to a build, but not even that is being used commonly due to being expensive and basically only used by movies and those are usually played elsewhere.

                I honestly don’t think most people would bother building a new PC with a normal disk drive, they are completely useless. New games/software/video/music are digital or use BluRays, except music I guess. And any other uses has been replaced with external USB drives or other mediums as those are better in many ways. So unless you have some specific need it’s worthless and if you have a need a external USB disk drive is more practical.

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                  Well actually you got confused as I am not the guy who did say “disk drives”, that’s somebody else.

                  Whoops! Sorry. ^^"

                  I mentioned BluRays because that’s the only one that nowadays could make sense to have and could be common to add to a build, but not even that is being used commonly due to being expensive and basically only used by movies and those are usually played elsewhere.

                  I honestly don’t think most people would bother building a new PC with a normal disk drive, they are completely useless. New games/software/video/music are digital or use BluRays, except music I guess. And any other uses has been replaced with external USB drives or other mediums as those are better in many ways. So unless you have some specific need it’s worthless and if you have a need a external USB disk drive is more practical.

                  I wouldn’t say they’re completely useless, but I can agree with enough of what you’re saying to at least respond with a simple “that’s fair.” :)

    • Harzog
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      Answering the question you meant to ask, blueray is a physica… just kidding.

      LocalSend is basically like bluetooth file sharing over WiFi. Bluetooth, especially the fallback 2.0 is notoriously slow and short ranged. The situation got better with BLE, 5.0 and Long Range. Still, both devices need to speak BT. Ap*le’s iOS is well known to ignore BT file sharing capabilities while implementing own proprietary solutions. On desktop, the situation is still bad. I once tried to send a file between two Windows machines via BT, and it was a horrible user experience. LocalSend (and similar) fix this by implementing cross platform apps and using readily available API’s to share files with few clicks and reasonably high speed between a plethora of devices. I guess, if you don’t have the aforementioned problems, you won’t need LocalSend et al.

      • @[email protected]
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        314 days ago

        especially the fallback 2.0 is notoriously slow and short ranged.

        So that’s why my Bluetooth file transferring back in like 2015 was slow as balls! I also assumed it was the devices I had. Lol. Which is weird considering I could have sworn I had also done BT file transfers with other devices previously and it seemed a lot faster. (None of these were Apple devices).

        Ap*le’s iOS is well known to ignore BT file sharing capabilities while implementing own proprietary solutions.

        Rude.

        [Everything else you said]

        That makes a lot of sense! Thanks for explaining. :D

    • Edu4rdSHLOP
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      115 days ago

      It does work over network, so you don’t need any physical connection apart from being in the same network. Therefore, it’s easier, faster, less complicated, and more.

    • @[email protected]
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      LocalSend is nice because you can set it up in a push configuration instead of a pull. I used to set up a server like that where I had the file, then go over where I wanted it and navigate and pull it and wait for it to download. But with auto-accept on on LocalSend I can push the file and by the time I get over to where I sent it it is mostly there already.

  • Harzog
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    615 days ago

    Really great software. Works like a charm most of the time, the apps are quite okay, sends files locally. The first low-barrier solution to share stuff between wildly different devices since e-mail.

  • @[email protected]
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    There are many good sollutions for this use case. Personally I use Warpinator — it comes pre-installed with Linux Mint and just works.

    • Nix
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      615 days ago

      Its more convenient to send just the specific files i need rather than syncing a whole folder. I use syncthing to keep folders in sync between computers and local send to send stuff from my phone to my computer

      • Avid Amoeba
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        115 days ago

        I guess. I keep a dir synced between my desktop and my phone. If I want a file transferred, I just drop it there.

      • Avid Amoeba
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        Some in this thread said that LocalSend can send many files, folders too. 🤔

  • @13617
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    Works perfect for me. Have been using for like a year

    • @[email protected]
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      Isn’t that horribly insecure? I have my doubts regarding privacy. LocalSend sends to the device directly, without an intermediary.

  • @[email protected]
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    215 days ago

    I’ve been using this for a long time now, and it’s godsend.
    Sending files between iOS, Android, Windows, Linux and other devices is great!

    • @Dehydrated
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      But it’s really slow because it uses Tor. Sure, there are some use cases that require anonymity, but it doesn’t make sense for most users.

  • @[email protected]
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    You might want to check out Magic Wormhole
    The “Warp” flatpak uses it. Might serve as a nice backend for your project!

  • Red
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    -115 days ago

    This is great except you need to be on the same wifi / local network. Worked with the wife for a bit, but we get annoyed having to “turn it on” when we send each other photos.

      • Red
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        315 days ago

        Doesn’t solve my problem of having to both turn on our sharing. But a nice app nonetheless

        • TheFool
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          If I understood you correctly ShareDrop should fix your problem, there you can “add” someone from a different network via QR-code

    • Dariusmiles2123
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      I’m using it and enjoying it but I had always thought that it would also work from one device to another without Wifi.

      I guess I always had Wifi😅

    • @leo85811nardo
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      Yes, you send files from/to your phone with an app that looks clean and modern

        • @leo85811nardo
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          215 days ago

          What is that? I am curious because I haven’t seen a competent SCP app for a few years

          • The Bard in Green
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            I just use AndFTP, with SSH. Works fine for local and remote file system navigation. I use it to move files android<->various linux machines at least weekly.

            • @leo85811nardo
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              315 days ago

              It is good that such app works for you, but from what I’ve seen AndFTP is only available in Google Play store, and with bundled ad in the free version and paid otherwise. In comparison, LocalSend is none of that, and it is available on FDriod as well. LocalSend is also FOSS from protocol to the app through and through, and although SSH technology itself is secure, the security of the client depends. These are all the reasons to answer your question of “I need something more than scp”. I use SSHFS myself too in the case of file backup, but also LocalSend for different scenarios such as “I need this video to be sent to my computer ASAP”. If you are not convinced, feel free to overlook the project, that doesn’t mean the app has zero use case