Resilio Sync on Raspbian

Resilio Sync is an open source tool to create a Dropbox-like file-syncing service. You can share a folder with anyone. Files are stored on the server (which can be your raspberry pi) and on all the other computers that you gave a secret key.

Install

There are a few steps you have to do to install it. This works on Raspberry pi 2 and 3. I’ve installed it most recently on Raspbian Stretch.

Add Resilio’s gpg key:

wget -qO - https://linux-packages.resilio.com/resilio-sync/key.asc | sudo apt-key add -

Add Resilio’s repository to the apt sources.list:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
deb [arch=armhf] http://linux-packages.resilio.com/resilio-sync/deb resilio-sync non-free

Now let’s install it:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture armhf
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install resilio-sync

Most of it comes from Resilio Sync’s installing guide.

My raspberry pi

The raspberry pi is an awesome device. It’s affordable, it’s a media center, a web server, very slow and doesn’t use much electricity. It’s also a very good looking piece of hardware. Fits your living room!

pi-1

pi-2

This post is about how mine is configured!

The services

  • Xbmc (installed as raspbmc): a powerful media center, running on Debian.
  • Transmission: A minimalistic torrent client.
  • CouchPotato: Software that searches the movies you want and starts to download them as soon as they come available.
  • BitTorrent Sync: Dropbox like service, easy way to backup folders on multiple computers.
  • Samba: Share a hard disk to the local network.

The place

My pi lives next to my TV. It’s powered by a 5V 2A power supply. It has a 8 gb sd card and their is a 2 TB external usb hard drive attached.

Connected

I use Putty to modify raspbmc via ssh, Yatse android app to control Xbmc. When needed I can connect an external keyboard because I still have 1 usb port over.

Security

As you could possibly open up some ports to the internet, you will want to secure your raspberry pi.

Install

I won’t list the complete process but refer to guides I followed.

0. Static IP

http://choorucode.com/2012/08/14/how-to-assign-a-static-ip-address-to-raspbmc/

1. Raspbmc

First we need to install raspbmc on the pi: http://www.raspbmc.com/wiki/user/windows-installation/.

2. CouchPotato, Transmission

3. BitTorrent Sync

4. Enable samba

You can do this in the xbmc interface.

5. Dynamic Dns

http://www.techjawab.com/2013/06/setup-dynamic-dns-dyndns-for-free-on.html

XBMC tweaks

  1. By default, if there is no hdmi connected on boot, it won’t enable hdmi. That’s ridiculous!