If you mixed Git and Dropbox, and made it open source…

…you’d get SparkleShare. It automatically synchronizes directories to Git repositories, whether you host them locally or on some service like GitHub.

Now, don’t get me wrong: this isn’t how you want to do version control for your software, where meaningful commits are important.  This is more for “data” or “asset” files – I’ve seen it used for project artwork/icons, for instance. It can also be handy for managing an essentially static web site built with a tool like Jekyll. For those use cases, it can be a great tool, particularly for non-programmers.

I’ve recorded a screencast showing how to install (even as a non-admin) the app on Windows, set it up to link with your GitHub account (they handle ssh keys transparently in the background), and add your first repo. Enjoy!

[EDIT: Sorry, Screenr has gone away along with this screencast.]

 

[EDIT TO ADD]: Ubuntu includes SparkleShare in its repos, but it’s an outdated version (in all releases). A useful PPA to add would be this: https://launchpad.net/~rebuntu16/+archive/sparkleshare+unofficial Note that SparkleShare requires Git, and the newer the version of Git, the better your life generally is, so make sure you have the Git update PPA also enabled: https://launchpad.net/~git-core/+archive/ppa . Something like this would add them for you:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/sparkleshare+unofficial
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:git-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
(optionally sudo apt-get dist-upgrade or other method of upgrading your git packages)
sudo apt-get install sparkleshare

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