BitTorrent Sync 1.4 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu

Last updated: August 29, 2014

BitTorrent Sync 1.4 in Ubuntu

BitTorrent Sync, a p2p file syncing service, now has been updated to version 1.4 with new simplified UI and other new features.

BitTorrent Sync is a simple tool that applies p2p protocol for direct live folder sync with maximum security, network speed and storage capacity. It has native versions for Mac, Windows and Linux, as well as native NAS integration.

New in the latest 1.4:

  • New simplified UI
    UI was fully revised and now looks similar on all platforms. Also, UI was simplified significantly to make Sync use faster, convenient, and easy to use.
  • HTTPS links support
    HTTPS links are generated by Sync and shared with a remote peer to exchange Keys securely, using X.509 certificates
  • Proxy server support added
    Direct connection between peers is possible as long as one of the two peers is not behind a proxy
  • Finder / Explorer integration added
    Right-clicking on the folder in Explorer / Finder exposes “Share with BitTorrent Sync” item, which ads the folder to Sync and automatically generates a Key (Secret).
  • Moved folder support
    Sync tracks if synced folders move and automatically adjusts paths to keep the folder synced.
  • Sync performance optimization
    Improves data transfer speed, CPU consumption, peer discovery.
  • Numerous bug fixes reported by users in 1.3

Install BitTorrent Sync in Ubuntu:

The official packages are available for download at the link below, check your OS type (32-bit or 64-bit), download the appropriate package under the Linux section, and finally run the executable from the extracted folder.

Finally, you can access the web client in your Web Browser by visiting “http://localhost:8888/gui/”

BitTorrent Sync Desktop App with Indicator Applet:

If you want an easy way to deploy BitTorrent Sync on Ubuntu, there’s a desktop GUI with Unity indicator created by community. At the moment of writing this tutorial, it is at version 1.3.1. The latest 1.4 should be available soon.



To install this unofficial ready to use server and desktop packages, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal, when it opens paste the commands below and run one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tuxpoldo/btsync

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install btsync-gui

If you want to install the gtk version without the indicator, run below instead:

sudo apt-get install btsync-gui-gtk

Above commands work for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04. Once you installed it, open the gui from Unity Dash and enjoy!


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2 responses to BitTorrent Sync 1.4 Released, How to Install it in Ubuntu

  1. Dear Sir!
    I had a trouble. My PC with Win XP SP2. That is the reason why when I install bittorrent sync not yet finished. It need the IE 9 or newer. But I can not find like that. Please show me the way how to use bittorrent sync with window xp sp2.
    Thanks you so much

    • IE9 is not supported on windows XP, update your windows installation to Vista, or 7.

      I have same problem on a corporate machine, here the keep installing crappy IE 8, for the sake of legacy applications, so I cant use it ether …