An experiment with BitTorrent Sync

I've been finding more applications for BitTorrent Sync, which is a peer-to-peer file sharing utility that works much like Dropbox, without storing the files on a central server.

I've been looking for a reliable way to back up the S3 bucket that serves the content for I want to maintain a copy on one of my servers and desktop computer. I'm also working with a university library to create a permanent archive of the site. That's an interesting project because the site is changing all the time, as I add new blog posts, so we need a sync protocol, not to just save off a snapshot.

Chuck Shotton suggested using BitTorrent Sync, and I set it up and it's really nice. As an experiment, I want to share this content with anyone who reads this site.

For new BT Sync users

Download and install BitTorrent Sync.

Launch the app.

This dialog should appear.

Click on the I Have a Secret radio button, and enter this string below it.


In the next dialog, choose a folder where the contents of will be stored.

As soon as you click Next, BTS will start downloading the archive.

If you already have BT Sync

Click on the Folders tab in the BitTorrent Sync app.

Click the + icon in the lower left corner of the window.

A dialog opens.

A picture named addFolderDialog.gif

Where it calls for you to enter a "secret key" enter this string:


Choose a location for the folder to receive the content of

Click OK.

What will happen

There may be a delay of a minute or two before it starts downloading the content.

You can see the progress in the History panel.

It takes about 50 minutes to download the full contents of the folder, which is 2.2GB with 71,819 files.

Update #1

It's pretty cool, 10 people have hooked into the BitTorrent Sync archive for this site.

When I post this update, they will all get updates to this file, and to its parents.

Let's see if it works!

Posted: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 20:22:57 GMT