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# SparkleShare

SparkleShare is an Open Source collaboration and sharing tool that is designed to keep things simple and to stay out of your way. It's available for Linux distributions, Mac, and Windows.

![Banner](https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hbons/SparkleShare/master/SparkleShare/Common/Pixmaps/tutorial-slide-2%402x.png)


## How does it work?

SparkleShare creates a special folder on your computer. You can add remotely hosted folders (or "projects") to this folder. These projects will be automatically kept in sync with both the host and all of your peers when someone adds, removes or edits a file.


## Setting up a host

SparkleShare uses the version control system [Git](https://git-scm.com/) under the hood, so setting up a host yourself is relatively easy. Using your own host gives you more privacy and control, as well as lots of cheap storage space and higher transfer speeds. We've made a simple [script](https://github.com/hbons/Dazzle) that does the hard work for you. If you need to manage a lot of projects and/or users it may be worth setting up a [GitLab](https://www.gitlabhq.com) instance.


## Free and Open Source
`SparkleShare` is Free and Open Source software and licensed under the [GNU General Public License version 3 or later](legal/License_for_SparkleShare.txt). You are welcome to change and redistribute it under certain conditions. Its library `SparkleLib` is licensed under the [GNU Lesser General Public License version 3 or later](legal/License_for_SparkleLib.txt).


## Compiling from source

Here are instructions to build SparkleShare on [Linux distributions](SparkleShare/Linux/README.md), [Mac](SparkleShare/Mac/README.md), and [Windows](SparkleShare/Windows/README.md). Make sure to have the `git` package installed when you're building on Linux.


## Useful links
[Website](http://www.sparkleshare.org/), [Twitter](https://www.twitter.com/SparkleShare), [Wiki](https://www.github.com/hbons/SparkleShare/wiki), and [Source Code](https://www.github.com/hbons/SparkleShare). Join the chat: `#sparkleshare` on `irc.gnome.org`.


## Finally

Have fun, make awesome. :)