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Running Bittorrent Sync As A Daemon On Os X

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I figured out how to get BT Sync running as a daemon, so wanted to post my findings.

 

I'm running 1.3.109 since 1.4 was too unreliable for me.

 

I create a directory in my home ~/Library/btsync_config to hold my config file:

 

~/Library/btsync_config> cat config.json

{
    "device_name": “Bittorrent Sync Daemon”,
    "listening_port": 0,
    "pid_file": "/private/tmp/bt.pid",
    "check_for_updates" : false,
    "use_gui" : false,
    "use_upnp" : true,
    
    "shared_folders" :
    [
        {
            "secret": "<SECRET_KEY>",
            "dir": "/Users/_USERNAME_/Shuttle",
            "use_relay_server": true,
            "use_tracker" : true,
            "use_dht" : true,
            "search_lan": true,
            "use_sync_trash": true
        }
    ]
}
 
Then I create a launchd plist to start BTSync as a daemon on boot
 
This file lives in /Library/LaunchDaemons:
 
/Library/LaunchDaemons> cat com.bitorrent.sync.plist
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Label</key>
<string>com.bittorrent.sync</string>
<key>UserName</key>
<string>_USERNAME_</string>
<key>KeepAlive</key>
<true/>
<key>RunAtLoad</key>
<true/>
<key>WorkingDirectory</key>
<string>/private/tmp</string>
<key>ProgramArguments</key>
        <array>
<string>/Applications/BitTorrent Sync.app/Contents/MacOS/BitTorrent Sync</string>
<string>--config</string>
<string>/Users/_USERNAME_/Library/btsync_config/config.json</string>
</array>
</dict>
</plist>
 
Replace _USERNAME_ with your username so that BTSync runs as you (even when you aren't logged into the console)
 
Once this file is created, tell launchd to start it with
 
sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.bittorrent.sync.plist
 
This seems to be working for me on OS X Yosemite.
 

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