Syncthing is an open source file syncer that synchronises files across a network. The application can be run as a Windows Service using FireDaemon, which lets you start the application automatically at boot prior to login, start multiple instances of the application and more. This HOWTO will show you how to set it up. You can also use Fusion to manage FireDaemon and other Windows services via a web browser.

Syncthing Setup Under FireDaemon

Download Syncthing for Windows from the official website. Extract the .zip file to the directory of your choice. For the purposes of this HOWTO, we will use C:\Syncthing.

Run the Syncthing.exe file included in the directory. There is no installer; instead, the .exe file starts the browser GUI as well as a console. Configure Syncthing to suit your preferences, such as adding remote machines. The Syncthing Getting Started guide explains more on setup.

Download and install FireDaemon Pro into the directory of your choice, typically C:\Program Files\FireDaemon.

Next start the FireDaemon GUI from the desktop shortcut. Click on the "Create a new service definition" button in the toolbar (or type Ctrl+N) and enter the information into the fields as you see below. Adjust the paths to suit your installation.

  • Executable: The path to your syncthing.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Syncthing\syncthing.exe.
  • Working Directory: The directory containing your syncthing.exe file. For the purposes of this HOWTO, the path is C:\Syncthing.
  • Parameters: None. Leave this field blank.

Now click on the Settings tab. If you DON'T want to see Syncthing running, uncheck the Interact with Desktop check box & select "Hidden" from the "Show Window" dropdown. You must run Syncthing as the user you installed it as. In the Logon Account field type your username (e.g. Administrator) and then enter the user's password twice in the Password and Confirm fields. You can change the Process Priority to allocate more CPU time to Syncthing or specify which CPU or core that Syncthing will run on (in the case of multi-processor, hyperthreaded or multi-core CPUs).

Now click OK to finish setup and start Syncthing!