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System Requirements

Syncovery runs on:

Windows
All versions of Windows since Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are fully supported, including Windows 10 and Server 2019 and all other versions and editions of Windows that have a graphical user interface. Syncovery is available in 32-bit and 64-bit editions.

Syncovery generally also still runs on Windows XP and Server 2003, but some features may not work (especially cloud features on Server 2003). The 64-bit editions require at least Windows Vista. For older 64-bit Windows versions, please use the 32-bit edition of Syncovery.

For Windows 2000, please download Syncovery version 6 from our additional downloads page.

Macintosh
Syncovery runs on all Intel Macs, and on all macOS versions since 10.4 “Tiger” up to including the latest version. Syncovery 8 is available as a 64-bit edition which runs on the newest macOS versions to be released in 2019 and beyond (the 64-bit edition is required starting with macOS 10.15 “Catalina”). A separate version is also available for old PowerPC Macs. This version also requires at least macOS 10.4 “Tiger”.

Linux
The command line and HTML/Web GUI Edition “SyncoveryCL” is available for Linux. It should run on any recent 32-bit or 64-bit Linux distribution for Intel, ARM, AARCH64, PowerPC, PPC64 and PPC64EL processors. See the Linux download page for details. Dedicated installation packages are available for Synology and QNAP NAS devices, as well as Debian and RPM installers.

Works on OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)

Syncovery works fine on Apple’s new operating system, OS X 10.9 (Mavericks).

To install it, you need to go to the Mac OS System Preferences, Security & Privacy, and specify that you want to allow apps downloaded from: Anywhere.

How to deal with changing USB drive letters easily

A lot of customers ask how they can define a job so that it always copies to or from a USB drive, even if that drive’s letter changes. For example, on one day, your external hard drive might be drive F: and on another day, Windows changes it to drive G:.

The solution is to change the “Base Path” for the external drive in the profile. Instead of the drive letter, type the volume label (volume name). For example, if your drive is named MyUSBDrive, then you would type MyUSBDrive:\FolderA instead of F:\FolderA.

v6.35 (Windows) adds support for Rackspace Cloud Files

Syncovery for Windows now supports synchronizing your files with Rackspace Cloud Files. This is the first of a series of new cloud services that will be supported in the near future.

Cloud storage allows you to upload as much data as you need, paying only for the storage that you are actually using. It is a highly recommended storage location for your online backups. You need to sign up with the cloud storage provider, and then set up a profile to upload your data. Choose your local folders on the left-hand side, and click on the Internet button for the right-hand side. Then, choose the protocol you want to use (for example: Rackspace), and specify a container and folder where the data should be stored. You should also specify your Rackspace username and password (access key) here.

Even though your data is uploaded via secure https with SSL, you may want to use zipping and encryption for your files. To keep a constantly updated mirror of your data, we recommend using the option “Zip Each File Individually”.

Due to the nature of Rackspace Cloud Files, the “Last Modified” timestamp of your documents cannot be preserved. Therefore, we recomend to use the “Filename Encoding” feature of Syncovery. This adds the timestamps to the file names when uploading, and restores the original names and timestamps when restoring. You will find this checkmark on the Versioning tab sheet, as well as on the Internet dialog.

Additional cloud services will be added in the near future. Feel free to send your suggestions to info@syncovery.com!

Amazon Glacier Backup

Since version 6.20, Syncovery can upload files to Amazon Glacier. To set up Glacier as the destination, click on the Internet button for the right-hand side and choose Glacier as the Internet Protocol.

Amazon Glacier is intended for long term archiving and backup with the expectation that most operations are uploads and not downloads. Downloads should be a rare exception, since they can be extremely slow. To download a file, Syncovery needs to initiate a job with Amazon Glacier, and even with small files, it takes at least three hours for Amazon Glacier to retrieve the item. The same is true for file listings. Therefore, Glacier cannot be used for two-way synchronizations. It is intended only for backing up and archiving.

Please be aware that there is a download fee from Amazon if you download more than 5% of your data per month (or something like that). It seems that in some special cases, the download fee can be extreme. If you intend to make a full backup and restore for testing, please read the fee schedule closely, and also read articles such as this one:
Is There a Landmine Hidden in Amazon’s Glacier?


Two methods to use Glacier

  • Choose S3 inside our software, and use a lifecycle rule in S3 to move files to Glacier to reduce costs. See the Amazon Web Services Blog
  • Choose Glacier directly in our software. The rest of this article describes this method.

Because there is no quick way to get a file listing from Glacier, Syncovery maintains a local database with the information of all the files on Glacier. This database is automatically maintained and it is independent from the checkmark “Cache Destination File List”. Therefore, with Glacier, there is no need to use the caching option. The local databases used for Glacier are separate for each vault, but shared among all profiles. When you create a new profile that accesses an existing vault, it will alraedy know the vault contents, if the vault has been used on the same machine.

Glacier also cannot rename items which have been uploaded. When you rename or move files on the local side, they have to be uploaded again.

In version 6.20, the download process is still inefficient if you need to download many files. It will initiate the download job for each file and wait for it to complete, then download the file, and then proceed to the next file. You can specify a number of files to copy in parallel in this fashion (on the Files tab sheet), but the limit is 30. So, you can download up to 30 files in 3 to 5 hours, but downloading 300 files will take 30 to 50 hours. This limitation will be removed in a future update.

In light of this, if there is a chance you will need a complete restore, it may make sense to use “Zip Packages” with many files per zip archive, instead of uploading individual files.

This information will be updated as support for Glacier is optimized and more experiences are made with Amazon’s new service.

Mountain Lion Compatibility

A Mountain Lion compatible update of Syncovery is now available. The version number must be 6.03 or higher.

To be able to continue using your old configuration and profiles, please use at least version 6.04 or higher.

The migration wizard should appear automatically, or you can invoke it via the File menu. You can also manually import config files via the File menu.

Since version 6.04, no special action is required any more to migrate your settings.

Syncovery 6 has been released

Version 6 has been released in mid-2012, under the new name Syncovery! After one year of development, we are confident that the improvements will be great to have for all our users and customers. Version 6 uses new registration codes and you can order your license or upgrade from Super Flexible File Synchronizer. Many customers will receive a free upgrade, if their license purchase was within the past two years.

The list of new features can be seen here.

If you wish to upgrade, please install Syncovery on top of your current version and it will show the migration wizard.

For those customers who are using the ExtremeSync Remote Service, please note that you need to replace it with the new Syncovery Remote Service and update all clients and servers at once, unless you want to keep both Remote Services running during the transition period.

Advanced Documentation


The following advanced documentation is available:

Everybody can now upload “any file” to Google Docs!

Apparently Google has removed a limitation and it is now possible for all Google customers to upload “any file” to Google Docs. If you would like to try it, make sure you have the latest software version from our web site.

Up until at least mid-2011, our Synchronizer could only upload converted files unless the customer had a Google Apps Premier account. Now this problem is completely gone.

That is really great news I think!

Creating Profile Groups


You can create profile groups by naming your profiles as shown in this example:

Backup Home
Backup Office
Backup Music

This will create the group “Backup” containing these three profiles because the first word in the profile names is identical.

Then you can easily select them or choose them with checkmarks (Windows only) and start them all at once.

Be sure to check out the right-click menu that you get in the Profile Overview. It contains options to start the profiles in various ways, such as:

  • Run in Attended Mode
  • Run in Unattended Mode
  • Run in Background