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Library

Collections of files are called libraries, and each library can be synced separately. A library can be encrypted with a user chosen password. This password is not stored on the server, so even the server admin cannot view a file's content.

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Folder

You can sync your Seafile folder with your local folder on your computer. Furthermore you can share your Seafile folder with other members (or anonymously by sending a link to someone) and you can use it as a storage space. A Seafile folder has to be within a library.

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File

Seafile uses libraries to order your files. Files inherit the permission and sync settings of the library. You can also share your files anonymously by sending a link to someone. 

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Sharing

There are two ways to share files and folders with others.

1. Creating share links to files or folders. They can be accessed by anyone even without a Seafile account. You can also use password and expiration time to protext your links. There are two types of links.

  • Download links: Created for others to download files or folders.
  • Upload links: You can use upload links to collect files from others. You can only create upload link for a folder. Others can´t see the files in the folder. They can only upload files to the link. 


2. Sharing libraries or folders. The shared library or folder can be accessed by others with the web app and Seafile clients. You can choose the member range of the share.

  • Share to user: You can share to one or more users, one by one.
  • Share to group: You can share to a group of users.
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Groups

Every Seafile user can be admin of a group. The group admin can add more group members, transfer the ownership of the group to another member, can delete/add members. A library shared with a group will automatically be synced for all group members. 

Syncing

Seafile detects changes on local folder and uploads the changes to the server, which will then automatically be updated for other devices/group members. A seafile client is required to use syncing. 

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Seafile-Client

Seafile is a cloud storage system with file encryption and group sharing. Collections of files are called libraries, and each library can be synced separately. Seafile allows users to create groups with file syncing, a wiki and discussions to enable easy collaboration around documents within a team. 

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Desktop-Client

Available for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.7 or higher, Linux (.deb for Ubuntu 12.04 or higher and as a terminal-client for other Linux-Distributitions)

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Mobil-Client

Get access to your Seafile library on your mobile. You can download and install the Seafile-Client for iPhone/iPad from the App Store or for Android from the Play Store. 

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Cache

A cache  is a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster. 

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Encryption

Seafile provides end-to-end data encryption for libraries. The encryption password is not stored on the server. Unless you use a mobile client, webbrowser or filebrowser of your desktop client, then the password will be stored on the server for one hour. Caution: If you lose your encryption password your data can not be restored. 

Get more information here: http://manual.seafile.com/security/security_features.html

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Cloud

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive.

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