Install FreeFileSync 7.8 on Linux

FreeFileSync is a free and open source software that helps you to synchronize files & folder. Lots of option is available which is unbeatable, see below for freefilesync features. It is available for Windows, Linux and OS X which was designed to save your time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way. The team proudly announced the latest version freefilesync 7.8 on January 01, 2016.

FreeFileSync Features

  • Synchronize network shares and local disks
  • Synchronize MTP devices (Android, iPhone, tablet, digital camera)
  • Synchronize via SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
  • Detect moved and renamed files and folders
  • Show disk space usage with directory trees
  • Copy locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
  • Detect conflicts and propagate deletions
  • Binary file comparison
  • Configure handling of Symbolic Links
  • Automate sync as a batch job
  • Process multiple folder pairs
  • Comprehensive and detailed error reporting
  • Copy NTFS security permissions
  • Copy NTFS extended attributes (compressed, encrypted, sparse)
  • Copy HFS+ extended attributes and ACLs
  • Support long file paths with more than 260 characters
  • Fail-safe file copy prevents data corruption
  • Cross-platform: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
  • Expand environment variables like %UserProfile%
  • Access variable drive letters by volume name (USB sticks)
  • Native 64-bit support
  • Manage versions of deleted/updated files
  • Prevent disc space bottlenecks via optimal sync sequence
  • Full Unicode support
  • Highly optimized runtime performance
  • Include/exclude files via filter
  • FreeFileSync portable and local installation available
  • Handle daylight saving time changes on FAT/FAT32
  • Use macros %time%, %date%, et al. for recurring backups
  • Case-sensitive synchronization
  • Built-in locking serializes multiple users synchronizing the same network folder

1) Install FreeFileSync in Linux

None of the major distribution included FreeFileSync package by default in repository. We can install it by downloading the tar file into our systems.

# For RPM based system #
$ sudo

# For DEB based system #
$ sudo wget

# Extract the archive file #
$ sudo tar -zxvf FreeFileSync_7.8_openSUSE_64-bit.tar.gz

# Navigate to Directory #
$ cd FreeFileSync

# Launch the app #
$ sudo ./FreeFileSync

2) Install FreeFileSync via gedeb package

Alternatively we can install FreeFileSync via gedeb package.

# Download gedeb Package #
$ wget

# Install gedeb package #
$ sudo dpkg -i getdeb-repository_0.1-1~getdeb1_all.deb

# Update system repository #
$ sudo apt-get update

# Install FreeFileSync #
sudo apt-get install freefilesync

3) Install FreeFileSync via PPA

Alternatively we can install FreeFileSync via PPA.

# Add FreeFileSync PPA #
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:freefilesync/ffs

# Update system repository #
$ sudo apt-get update

# Install FreeFileSync #
sudo apt-get install freefilesync

See the below screen shot taken from Fedora 23, I’m using latest version of freefilesync 7.8.

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One Comment on “Install FreeFileSync 7.8 on Linux”

  1. the third option, installing via ppa, doesn’t work on ubuntu mate 16.04.3

    Err:11 xenial/main amd64 Packages
    404 Not Found


    E: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
    E: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found
    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.


    E: Unable to locate package freefilesync

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