The need here is to be able to sync a few "mounts" on multiple devices, desktop and, if possible, mobile (Android + SailfishOS).

There are a few existing tools, such as OwnCloud and NextCloud, which are both absolutely overkill and pretty painful to set up/maintain.

The tool should provide this "mounts" service, with an optional simple web interface, and nothing more.

Ideally, the tool should be a runnable archive/binary, and not rely on interpreters such as PHP, Node, or Python.

Edit: Just to be clear, some additional things that make other questions unrelated:

I'm not searching for a tool that "can" do that, and more.

I'm specifically searching for a tool that can only do synchronization, I'm not even interested in a web UI to manage the files online, and want something as simple as possible to use.

  • Not using it myself, hence no answer – but while waiting for one, take a look at SyncThing. That seems to match your description almost perfectly.
    – Izzy
    Jul 15, 2019 at 17:47
  • Syncthing is advertized as a "P2P file sync. tool", and I couldn't find a documentation to run a node as a server. Can you do so?
    – Nyx
    Jul 15, 2019 at 21:50
  • There are a couple of good vids on it, linked from the app's entry in my corresponding list (next to the official client; the list has 2 more).
    – Izzy
    Jul 15, 2019 at 23:09
  • Thanks, @Izzy, after setting it up, it perfectly matched what I was aiming for.
    – Nyx
    Jul 17, 2019 at 11:18
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    Added my full list, as you requested @Izzy
    – Nyx
    Jul 18, 2019 at 12:57

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I tried Pydio, which was a nightmare to set up right, and its compatibility with MariaDB only was a serious downside, so I put that solution aside.

As @Izzy mentioned, SyncThing is a good fit, even for a server <> clients architecture, as it'll act as a central P2P node on which every device will connect.

Its compatibility with a very wide variety of systems also make it a very appealing choice, and its lightness is also a good point to note.

So, for a lightweight file-synchronization-only tool, SyncThing was the right fit.

This is the list of softwares I went as clients.

  • SailfishOS: syncthing-bin.
  • ArchLinux: syncthing-bin, running as a daemon, with a small shortcut added to my i3bar configuration.
  • Android: Syncthing
  • Windows: SyncTrazor, but I may move to Syncthing-GTK, as it does not look very active.

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