In the next article we are going to take a look at LAN Share. It is a simple application to share files from PC to PC. It is a free, open source and multiplatform tool that will allow us to quickly send files between computers running Windows and / or Ubuntu and those derived distributions
File transfers are done directly, PC to PC. This will happen over our local network or Wi-Fi. No configurations required complicated nor think the slightest bit about user permissions. LAN Share is a network file transfer client written in C ++ and Qt for the graphical interface.
We can use the program to send a file or folder from one computer to another run the application. The application works on both Windows and Ubuntu. This means that we can use it to transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu, Ubuntu to Windows, Windows to Windows and obviously we can also do it Ubuntu to Ubuntu.
When using this program, we will not find third-party servers, or cloud services, or intermediate folders, or complicated protocol configurations involved in the transfer of information. We just have to install the application on each computer that we want to use, use the 'Send' menu to select the file / s or folder / s that we need to send and select the destination device.
One important thing to keep in mind, which is the only important requirement, is that the computers involved are in the same local network or WiFi connection.
- It works straight away, PC to PC. No intermediate points.
- It lacks advanced features.
- It's more fast that if we used a cloud service like Dropbox.
- Will allow us send files or folders, without the need for them to be compressed, between different operating systems.
- No has size limits in sent files.
- The user interface it offers is very simple and straightforward.
- The main window of the program is divided in half. In the upper part we will find the sent files and the received files we will find in the lower part. Both parties will show us progress bars in real time and metadata when files are sent and / or received.
- El Settings button provides access to options for:
- Set or change the device name.
- We will be able to establish or change the ports.
- Indicate the size of the file buffer.
- Select a folder for downloads.
The installers for Windows and Ubuntu They are available on the project's Github page. We will only have to go to that page and there we download the latest version of the .deb package.
Once the package download is finished, we can use the Ubuntu software utility for the installation. If we are more friends with the terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), we open one and write in it:
sudo dpkg -i lanshare_1.2.1-1_amd64.deb
Eliminating this program from our system is very simple. We open a terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T) and write in it:
sudo apt purge lanshare
To finish, I can only say that if what you are looking for is a tool with advanced settings, especially in terms of security, this is not your application. There are other, much more efficient ways to transfer files. This application has nothing to do with SAMBA or transfers via SSH. In this article we are talking about something much simpler than all that. On the other hand, if what you are looking for is something more than walking around the house, if you are going to use it to transfer files between the computers in your home, it is a highly recommended tool.
There is no doubt that if you want to transfer files between computers quickly and easily, this is one of the best options, with simplicity as its great strength.