LocalSend - Share files to nearby devices

submitted by Avatar Edu4rdSHL edited


If you want a easy, reliable and cross-platform way to share files between computers, phones, etc, it may be of your interest.

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I like LocalSend, much easier than KDEConnect, and also on F-Droid. But I have to confess that I usually send photos via Signal on mobile to myself and then open Signal app on the desktop to download it.


I even do that with links because syncing tabs between Firefox instances is so unreliable for me.

Avatar NeryK

I have been using it for the last ~6 months and found it to be very useful and easy to use. Transferring stuff between Android phones, Windows 10 & 11 PCs and a Steam Deck (i.e. Linux PC) has been a breeze.


I installed it and immediately felt like it was one of those apps I'd been waiting for my whole life.

Avatar AustralianSimon

I'd use pairdrop over this so I don't need to install it on all my devices.


Avatar Knighthawk 0811

i prefer pairdrop specifically because there's no install.

however, looks like local send (after install) might work offline as long as they local network is up.

Avatar Edu4rdSHL [OP]

I stopped using pairdrop/snapdrop because it doesn't work on native wayland chrome/chromium due to webrtc.

Avatar AustralianSimon

Another reason to use Firefox?

Avatar Edu4rdSHL [OP]

It's about webrtc, which the support on Firefox is even more poor.

noodlejetski , edited

I kid you not, I was actually looking for a solution like that yesterday! hopefully it'll handle a few tens of gigabytes between my two Linux laptops.


This is one file at a time. It's designed more for very quick "Oops I need that photo" sort of stuff.

What you want to do is better served by NFS, SMB or SFTP.


Or Syncthing if they want to sync gb's of files between computers.

Avatar Avid Amoeba

Synced many terabytes, over WiFi, Ethernet and the Internet with Syncthing. It works for all use cases, large and small.


When we are talking terabytes of data there are faster ways for the initial sync job.

I would just use rsync/sftp/robocopy or similar for that first copy for faster transfers, then setup Syncthing on those shares for delta syncs.

Avatar Avid Amoeba , edited

Are you sure those are faster? The only obvious slowdown in Syncthing compared to them is the initial file *scan.* The file transfer saturates the pipes like any other option. If you meant the file scan overhead, then we're on the same page. ☺️

At the same time Syncthing is ultra resilient and will auto-restart and continue syncing no matter what happens to the network connection or the hosts during transfer without intervention. This is why I stopped using rsync for initial transfers. When the initial transfer would take a week over the Internet, using Syncthing and swallowing the initial scan is nice because you don't need to look after it.





Am I allowed to think it's weird the entire open source community can't compete with SMB?


SMB is a protocol that can be used with Samba software in Linux since many years, so there is no need to compete I figure. Depending on the use case, I like to use rsync for copying files across.

Avatar Edu4rdSHL [OP]

It does actually support several files, folders, or anything.


Use Syncthing.

Works a breeze, does require an install on the devices, but man it just works.


Seem to be quite a few of these types of apps, I've been using landrop recently, how does this one compare?

Avatar anteaters

I have not used Landrop but looking at it from the outside, Landrop is version 0.4 and has received no development for 3 years now. LocalSend is past 1.0 and still in active development. I'd rather use LocalSend then instead of something abandoned before it was deemed complete.


I was using landrop before. Works fine but the GUI was just a bit off, not intuitive enough. That's Localsend's biggest improvement IMO.


Thanks, this tends to be functionality I dont need that often but when I do it's frustratingly difficult finding something that doesnt feel like it's going to need me to sign over my soul so it's good to know about other open source solutions.


You also can send the files between a laptop and a phone just by connecting to the phone hotspot. (At least with Linux)