More about DEVONthink's synchronization

DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go allow you to work with your databases on all your devices and keep them synchronized. Our sync technology supports a wide range of workflows by offering many transport options:

  • Directly over the local network
  • Local file servers
  • Removable volumes, e.g. HDs or USB sticks
  • iCloud
  • Dropbox
  • WebDAV

For a number of commercial WebDAV providers DEVONthink and DEVONthink To Go come with presets for easier set-up, e.g. for CloudMe, Box, or MagentaCLOUD (in Germany).


The next-gen sync released with DEVONthink 2.9 is up to 688 times faster than our first-generation sync and up to 70 times faster than competing services (see the diagrams). It uses less disk or cloud space and requires much fewer files and folders. Also, it consumes up to 80 percent less bandwidth, less RAM, and less computing power.


Strong AES 256 bit encryption ensures that your private data stays private. Our sync encrypts all data sent over the local network or saved to iCloud, Dropbox, or WebDAV. Neither the service providers nor we can read the data without your consent.


By synchronizing indexed files and folders DEVONthink can be used to  synchronize any number of folders in the file system with another Mac. Due to the highly efficient sync mechanism with built-in compression this is is usually faster than using the cloud services' clients and not limited to just one folder.


Multiple clients can upload and download data to and from sync stores simultaneously without waiting for each other.  To ensure maximum compatibility between the Mac and iOS platforms we use the exact same code on both.