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sy-plugin(1) General Commands Manual sy-plugin(1)


sy-plugin - list, install, update and remove Syncany plugins


sy plugin list [-R | --remote-only] [-L | --local-only] [-s | --snapshots] [-a | --api-endpoint=<url>] [<plugin-id>]

sy plugin install [-s | --snapshot] [-m | --minimal-output] (<URL> | <file> | <plugin-id>)

sy plugin update [<plugin-id>]

sy plugin remove <plugin-id>


This command performs four different actions:

- It lists the locally installed and remotely available plugins, including version information and whether plugins can be upgraded. The ´list´ action connects to the Syncany host to retrieve remote plugin information. By default, only plugin releases will be listed in the result. If instead daily snapshots are desired, the -s option can be used.

- It installs new plugins from either a given URL or a local file. URL and local file must point to a valid Syncany plugin JAR file to be installable. If <plugin-id> is given, the command will connect to the Syncany host and download the desired plugin from there. If instead of the release version the daily snapshot shall be installed, the -s option can be used.

Plugins installed by the ´install´ action will be copied to the Syncany user directory. On Unix-based systems, this directory is located at ~/.config/syncany/plugins, and on Windows at %AppData%\Syncany\plugins.

- It updates plugins by removing and re-installing them from the Syncany host (if they are updatable). Plugins are updatable if they are out-of-date and are not ´Global´ plugins.

- It removes locally installed plugins from the user´s local plugin directory. Only plugins installed by the ´install´ action can be removed. The plugins shipped with Syncany (e.g. the ´local´ plugin) cannot be removed.


The following actions are available within the ´plugin´ command:

list [<args>] [<plugin-id>]

Lists locally installed plugins and/or remotely available plugins on If <plugin-id> is given, the result list will be shortened to the selected plugin.

-R, --remote-only

Turns off local plugin discovery. In particular, the result list will not include any information about the locally installed plugins. Instead only remotely available plugins will be listed. Cannot be used in combination with -L.

-L, --local-only

Turns off remote plugin discovery. Contrary to -R, the result list will only include information about the locally installed plugins, and no information about remote plugins. The Syncany host will not be queried. Cannot be used in combination with -R.

-s, --snapshots

Instead of listing only plugin release versions (default), the result list will also include daily snapshots (if newer snapshots exist).

-a, --api-endpoint=<url>

Selects the API endpoint to query for remote plugins. If not given, the default endpoint URL will be used (

install [<args>] (<URL> | <file> | <plugin-id>)

Installs a plugin from an arbitrary URL, local file or from the available plugins on (with a plugin identifier).

-s, --snapshot

Installs the daily snapshot instead of the release version. Only if <plugin-id> is given. Not for <URL> or <file>.

-m, --minimal-output

Reduces the output of the command to "OK" or "NOK" instead of reporting detailed progress and download URLs.

update [<plugin-id>]

Updates the plugin with the plugin identifier <plugin-id> or updates all updatable plugins if no identifier is given. Plugins can only be updated if they are newer than the installed version and if they are ´User´ plugins (and not ´Global´ plugins). Plugins will be downloaded from

remove <plugin-id>

Uninstalls a plugin entirely (removes the JAR file). This action can only be used for plugins that were installed by the user, and not for system-wide plugins.


Syncany 0.4.9-alpha, Distributed under GPLv3, Copyright (c) 2011-2015 Philipp C. Heckel