Documentation

Welcome to SyncBelt! In this guide you will find detailed information about this application; how it works and how to set it up, among others.

SyncBelt is a folder synchronization program: sync folders easily, without having to manually log in to your servers every time.

SyncBelt is really easy to install and use. There are no special requirements, no dependencies and no restrictive hardware limitations, except for a basic list of minimum requirements as seen below.

Check the how to... section, in case you need help, or contact us for assistance.

This documentation is valid for SyncBelt 1, available at syncbelt.com.

Requirements

The requirements below list the minimal configuration. Any better hardware or newer software may be used. If you experience problems nonetheless, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Software
  • Windows 10 (64-bit)
Hardware
  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster processor
  • At least 2 GB of memory
  • 20MB available disk space
Web Browser
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge

Installation

To install SyncBelt, execute syncbeltsetup.exe and follow the directions that appear on screen. If an old version is found, it will be automatically upgraded. Old settings will be preserved when possible.

Upgrading

To upgrade SyncBelt, install the new version without uninstalling your old copy. If an old version is found, it will be automatically upgraded, when possible. Note that a new license may be required after upgrading to a new major release.

Uninstallation

To uninstall SyncBelt, open Windows Settings, locate Apps & features, select SyncBelt and click on Uninstall.

Setup

After the installation is over, SyncBelt will be running on your system, ready to work. SyncBelt is web-based, which means you need to open it on your web browser. To open SyncBelt point your browser to http://localhost:2350 or http://127.0.0.1:2350.

  • SyncBelt requires a web browser to work, but it is not in the cloud
  • SyncBelt must be manually installed

Evaluation

You are permitted to try this software on your system (for 30 days) without any cost or obligation. Payment is required if you find this software to be useful or if you wish to continue using this software beyond the evaluation (trial) period. This product is provided at no charge to the user for evaluation. The purpose of an evaluation version is to provide computer users with quality software on a try before you buy basis, however payment is still required for continued use of the product.

This method allows you to try out all the features in SyncBelt to confirm that they work to your satisfaction before purchasing a license of use.

The evaluation version is the same as the full version of the product: no nags, no disabled features.

Projects

Create projects to manage your synchronization folders. SyncBelt allows you to create up to 15 projects.

To create a new project, click and enter your project details.

First, we will configure the folder of Origin, on the left side of the screen:

  • Decide if you wish to sync from a local or remote folder, by clicking on the Protocol box. Select either Local, SFTP or FTP.
  • Enter the folder from where files will be copied.
  • If the folder is a remote server, enter the server address and port, with username and password, if required. Click the Test Connection button to check your server details.

Now, move to the right side and repeat the same process to configure the folder of Destination. Click Save when finished.

Your first project is now ready. Check the Project Summary at the top. By default, files are synchronized by modification date, no destination files are deleted and no files are skipped. If you wish to modify the defaults, click on Edit and then click Advanced at the bottom of your project.

Advanced options allow you to modify your project's defaults:

  • Determine if a file has changed by: allows you to set the file comparison method to by file modification date or file size, or alternatively do not compare and always copy.
  • Orphaned files in destination must be: allows you to decide if destination files that do not exist in origin should be deleted in destination, or ignored.
  • Skip files matching the following rule: allows you to skip files that match the chosen rule.

After making changes to your project, check again the Project Summary at the top to make sure everything is configured as desired.

If you need to delete a project, open the Edit menu, select Delete and click Confirm.

Syncing

In order to synchronize a folder, first you'll need to create a project. Once you have a project, open it and click Start at the bottom to begin.

The synchronization process has 4 different steps:

  • Simulation: during this step, SyncBelt executes your project and compares origin and destination files. Nothing is actually done, yet.
  • Review: on this step, SyncBelt is ready to sync and shows you a list of files based on the simulation results. Now, you know what will exactly happen with each individual file and still can make changes. When you are ready, click Sync Files.
  • Syncing: on this step, SyncBelt synchronizes files based on the selected data on the previous step.
  • Results: on this final step, SyncBelt shows you a brief summary of what happened. For more details open the Report menu and click on View Report or Export as CSV.

The Review step is the most important one. Double-check the list of files to make sure the synchronization process will proceed as expected. Files are checked or unchecked based on their resolution:

  • Checkbox: Indicates if the file should be copied/deleted (checked) or ignored (unchecked).
  • File: Name of the file, including path.
  • Size: File size, including icons to indicate if the file is bigger in Origin (▲), smaller in Origin (▼) or equal (=).
  • Resolution: A short sentence explaining what will happen with the file, which can be overridden: checked files will be copied/deleted, unchecked files will be ignored.

For resolutions, the source file (origin) is always the reference. Take this into account when interpreting the presented information.

  • Unmodified: Origin and Destination files are equal. Origin file will not be copied. Check to override resolution and copy anyway.
  • Orphan: Destination file/folder does not exist in Origin. Destination file/folder will be deleted. Uncheck to avoid deletion.
  • Modified: Origin file is different than Destination's and will be copied. Uncheck to skip.
  • New: Origin file does not exist in Destination and will be copied. Uncheck to skip.
  • Skipped: Origin file will be skipped based on a rule. This resolution cannot be overridden. Revisit your rule to obtain a new resolution.

Comparing

During synchronization, you'll be able to compare files before proceeding which allows you to see specific differences between files.

After the simulation process has ended, you'll find this symbol to the right side of some files. These are the requirements in order to be able to compare files:

  • Different size/time: files must have a different size or modification time.
  • Text extension: only text files can be compared.
  • 1MB: only files smaller than 1MB can be compared.

Rules & Permissions

Rules are helpful to skip files during synchronization. For example, you may want to skip .tmp files or .git folders.

To create a rule, click on the Rules link at the top of the screen and then click on the New Rule button. Rules must include a set of conditions:

  • File size: this condition is triggered when a file is equal/greater than/less than a specific number of bytes/KB/MB/GB.
  • File name: this condition is triggered when a file name is/begins with/ends with/contains a specific text.
  • Folder name: this condition is triggered when a folder name is/begins with/ends with/contains a specific text.

By default, rules require any condition to be met in order to be triggered, but you can change it to all conditions, at the top of your rule. Use the X button at the right side of each rule to remove it.

Unix-style permissions can be optionally applied to files after synchronization. Permissions only apply to remote servers and can be configured from the Rules screen. Use the X button at the right side of each permission to remove it.

To create a permission, click on the Rules link at the top of the screen, then click on the Permissions tab and then click on the New Permission button. Enable or disable permission settings by clicking on each button.

  • Permissions are applied based on file extension.
  • By default, files synchronized via FTP/SFTP have the following permissions: User: Read & Write, Group: Read, World: Read.
  • By default, folders synchronized via FTP/SFTP have the following permissions: User: Read & Write & Execute, Group: Read & Execute, World: Read & Execute.

How to...

Create a new folder

Edit your project and click on , next to the folder path box. On the Select Folder window, select a folder and click on at the top right corner of the window. Type the folder name and press Enter to save, or Esc to cancel.

Compare folders without making changes

Create a new project and then click Start at the bottom. SyncBelt will show you a list of files with all the details. Click Cancel when finished.

Skip a folder or file when synchronizing

First, create a new rule and then edit your project and select the rule in the Advanced section at the bottom of the screen.

Duplicate a project

Open the desired project, then open the Edit menu and select Duplicate.

Duplicate a project as mirror

Open the desired project and click on

Compare files before syncing

Open a project and click Start. After the simulation step is done, you'll be presented with a list of files. Simply click on next to a file to compare origin and destination.

Privacy

This privacy statement refers to the product SyncBelt. Please, check our online privacy statement for complementary information.

What information does Anfibia Software collect regarding SyncBelt?

SyncBelt is not an online service. SyncBelt is self-hosted software. The software is installed on your computer, and only you have access to it. As such, we do not remotely collect data of any kind: emails, passwords, credit card numbers, phone numbers, usernames, configurations, logs, IP addresses, etc.

When you purchase a SyncBelt license, we store name, organization, address, and email, as provided by you, the buyer -directly- or through our e-commerce partners Stripe and FastSpring. Check their Privacy Policy here and here, respectively.

When you register your copy, we store (and validate) your registration key in our server.

What is done with the information?

We may contact you using your email address to inform you of new versions or for customer support; if you wish for us to not do that, please reply and let us know.

How is my information protected?

The SyncBelt website and server use industry standard protocols to protect all information obtained including SSL encryption (secure socket layers), and hardware firewalls.

Why and how does SyncBelt use cookies?

SyncBelt does not use cookies.

How is SyncBelt protected from remote intrusions?

SyncBelt does not work remotely, only locally. SyncBelt does not require an internet connection to work.

What if I have a question or problem related to my privacy?

Please contact us at syncbelt.com or privacy@anfibia.net.

Consent

You must consent to this privacy policy to use SyncBelt.

EULA

End-user Software License Agreement

Notice to users: Carefully read the following legal agreement. Use of the software provided with this agreement (the "software") constitutes your acceptance of these terms. If you do not agree to the terms of this agreement, do not install and/or use this software. User's use of this software is conditioned upon compliance by user with the terms of this agreement.

1. License grant. Anfibia Software grants you a license to use one copy of this software on any one system for as many licenses as you purchase, or to use one copy of this software by as many users as the license allows. "You" means the company, entity or individual whose funds are used to pay the license fee. "Use" means storing, loading, installing, executing or displaying the software. You may not modify the software or disable any licensing or control features of the software except as an intended part of the software's programming features. When you first obtain a copy of the software, you are granted an evaluation period of not more than 30 days, after which time you must pay for the software according to the terms discussed in the software's documentation, or you must remove the software from your system. This license is not transferable to any other system, or to another organization or individual. You are expected to use the software on your system and to thoroughly evaluate its usefulness and functionality before making a purchase. This "try before you buy" approach is the ultimate guarantee that the software will perform to your satisfaction; therefore, you understand and agree that there is no refund policy for any purchase of the software.

1.1 Software misuse. This software should never be installed, or used, without the PC administrator's consent. This software is designed for use when any required consents have been obtained. Anfibia Software declines all responsibility concerning any illicit usage.

2. Ownership. The software is owned and copyrighted by Anfibia Software. Your license confers no title or ownership in the software and should not be construed as a sale of any right in the software.

3. Copyright. The software is protected by European copyright laws and international treaty provisions. You acknowledge that no title to the intellectual property in the software is transferred to you. You further acknowledge that title and full ownership rights to the software will remain the exclusive property of Anfibia Software and you will not acquire any rights to the software except as expressly set forth in this license. You agree that any copies of the software will contain the same proprietary notices which appear on and in the software.

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6. Severability. In the event of invalidity of any provision of this license, the parties agree that such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this license.

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