Resilio Sync Setup for OS X 10.8+ Clients (legacy)

Intended Audience

This post will be of interest if you want to use Resilio Sync to selectively back up folders on OS X 10.8+ clients to a legacy FreeNAS server (version 11.1 or below).

A later version of this post using a modern FreeNAS server (version 11.2 or above) can be found here.


  1. The reader has a working knowledge of FreeNAS.
  2. The Resilio Sync plugin has been installed on the FreeNAS server. If not, refer to this post first.


The instruction here is for setting up Resilio sync client software on OS X 10.8 or later clients to selectively back up data from them on to a FreeNAS server. The app screens that follow refer to the version of the OS X sync client indicated in the screenshot below.


Step 1: Install and start the sync client.

When starting the client, you will be prompted for a user name. As I have a client-server backup arrangement using Resilio, I use the sync name resilio across all devices.


Work your way through this screen and the next newsletter screen after which you will be presented with the client UI.


Step 2: Add a location to backup.

Click the + button in the top left corner and then select Standard folder.


Choose your location. In this example, Documents is chosen.


Step 3: Request session connection with the sync server

Next, select a means of delivering the session request to the server.


Step 4: Establish a session connection on the server.

From the sync server, select Manual connection from Options and then enter the link or key for the session request.



Step 5: Create storage location for the backup.

After clicking Next, the sync server will ask you to choose a folder.


Create a folder under media. Name it something meaningful.


Step 6: Initiate the backup

Click Open and you will be returned to the server sync WebUI. The status will say Connecting… and will then change to Pending Approval.


A notification will be flagged on the client UI.


Click the tick to initiate backup

Backup activity can be observed from the Folders screen of the client UI and from the sync server desktop WebUI.





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