Synology Cloud Station For Mac

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Go to Cloud Station Overview and click the Download button. Click the button to download Cloud Station for Mac. (You can also download Cloud Station from the Synology Download Center.) Launch the installer on your computer and follow the instructions to install Cloud Station. Synology Drive Cloud Sync. Storage for Virtualization Virtual Machine Manager. Surveillance Station. Packages, desktop utilities and so on for your Synology product to enjoy the latest and versatile features. Please select the product category and the corresponding model you use. Synology Cloud Station is an application for Windows, Mac and iOS that syncs files between your computers and Synology NAS via the Internet, so that your data and documents are always up-to-date and stay beside you.

Description:

Cloud Station Drive is an application designed to synchronize files between your Synology NAS and PCs via the Internet, ensuring that your data is always up-to-date and enabling you to easily access your files. Even when the Internet connection is not available, you can still view and edit your files offline, and all the changes made will be automatically synced to your Synology NAS and PCs once the Internet connection is restored.

System Requirements:

  1. Cloud Station Server package is required to be installed on your Synology NAS.
  2. Supported operation systems:
    • Windows 7 and onward
    • macOS 10.9 and onward
    • Ubuntu 14.04 and onward (officially supported versions)

Version: 4.3.3-4469

Bug fixed

  1. Fixed the issue where files might be rescanned every time Cloud Station Drive is launched.
  2. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.3.3-4468

Bug fixes

  1. Fixed a CVE security vulnerability.
  2. Fixed the issue where continuous file modifications might cause package crashes.
  3. Fixed the issue where backing up a large number of files might fail unexpectedly.
  4. Fixed the issue where continuous file modifications within a short period might not be synced successfully to the server.

Version: 4.3.2-4450

  1. Fixed the issue where application might crash unexpectedly on macOS 10.11
  2. Fixed the issue where previewing files on macOS might trigger data syncing
  3. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.3.1-4437

  • Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.3.0-4435

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Installation and compatibility

The following operation systems will be supported starting from this release.

  • Windows 7 and onward
  • macOS 10.9 and onward
  • Ubuntu 14.04 and onward (officially supported versions)

For applications no longer providing update versions, you may download the applications in 'EoL products category'.

Enhancements and bug fixes

  1. Supports 64-bit macOS client.
  2. Fixed an issue where the file path of the synced file might be incorrect on Windows platforms.
  3. Fixed an issue where the application might crash when syncing icns files on macOS platforms.
  4. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.2.8-4421

Installation and compatibility

To provide a more comprehensive software maintenance, this update is the last update to support the following platforms. The applications installed on the following platforms will remain in Download Center, but no update versions will be released in the future.

  • Windows XP, Vista

  • macOS 10.6, 10.7, 10.8

  • Ubuntu 12.04

  • Fedora

The following operation systems will be supported starting from next release:

  • Windows 7 and onward

  • macOS 10.9 and onward

  • Ubuntu 14.04 and onward (officially supported versions)

Bug fixes

  1. Fixed an issue where the application restarting time might be excessively long after a large number of files are filtered in a selective sync task.

  2. Fixed an issue where loops might occur to synchronization tasks when the synced folders contain empty .lnk files or .link files linking to a large number of files.

  3. Fixed an issue where the application might crash when processing large files.
  4. Fixed an issue where macOS client application might crash (OR terminate abnormally) when Mac Finder is launched.
  5. Fixed an issue where loops might occur to the client application if a directory re-scanned for file modifications is being deleted.
  6. Fixed an issue where loops might occur to synchronization tasks when the system service is shut down during the process of renaming or moving folders with large number of files.
  7. Fixed an issue where deleting directories might fail after selective sync rules are being set.
  8. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.2.7-4415

  1. Enhanced the transfer performance of modified data.

  2. Fixed an issue where a synchronization task might enter a loop.

  3. Fixed an issue where continuous file modifications on a Mac device might cause synchronization tasks to fail and client programs to terminate abnormally.

  4. Fixed an issue where filtering large amount of files might cause synchronization tasks to fail.

  5. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.2.6-4408

  1. Fixed an issue where deleting files on the client side might fail.

  2. Fixed an issue where manual modification of a file’s ACL properties might cause loops during synchronization.

  3. Fixed an issue where syncing files in large quantity from the server side might consume high CPU.

  4. Fixed an issue where frequent triggering of Windows Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) might cause Windows client to stop working.

  5. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.2.5-4396

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed DLL preloading vulnerabilities on Windows desktop clients (CWE-426).
  • Fixed an issue where a large file uploaded via Windows clients may fail to sync with the latest file version if the file was modified during the file upload process.
  • Fixed an issue where daemon may shutdown unexpectedly when the creation of a sync task failed.

Version: 4.2.4-4393

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed an issue where version rotation may cause file upload failure in certain circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where files may fail to download when the maximum number of versions is set to zero on the server.

Version: 4.2.3-4385

What’s new

  1. Enhanced syncing performance.
  2. Added an option for syncing temporary files in support of syncing temporary files created by Microsoft Print to PDF on Windows.

Fixed Issues

  1. Fixed an issue where Excel files cannot be synced correctly.
  2. Fixed an issue where file editing may cause conflicts in synchronization.
  3. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.2.2-4379

Fixed issues

  1. Fixed an issue where special characters in file names might cause synchronization failure and potential security vulnerabilities.

  2. Fixed an issue where unstable network connections might cause synchronization failure.

  3. Fixed an issue where the tray menu might crash when files are mistakenly recognized as images.

  4. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 4.2.1-4374

What’s new

  1. Added accessibility support through NVDA screen reader for visually impaired users .

  2. Enhanced client-side sync log with renaming events.

Fixed issues

  1. Upgraded to be compatible with Cloud Station Server 4.2.0.

  2. Updated the default SSL encryption algorithm to AES128.

Limitation

  1. Support for copying files from other directories to Cloud Station Drive using the context menu is removed from Mac OS X 10 platforms because this integration interferes with other applications’ use of the icon overlay in Finder.

Version: 4.2.0-4339

  1. Added accessibility support through NVDA screen reader for visually impaired users .
  2. Enhanced client-side sync log with renaming events.
  3. Upgraded to be compatible with Cloud Station Server 4.2.0.

Version: 4.1-4224

  1. Fixed an issue where locked files might cause client apps to crash.

Version: 4.1-4222

What's New

  1. Added support for Windows group policy deployment with MSI installation files.
  2. Added support for Synology Online Help.
  3. Added support for creating sharing links through advanced settings.
  4. Added an option to hide the context menu.
  5. Added support for auto-upgrade when wrong versions are detected.

Fixed Issues

  1. Fixed an issue where creating connections may cause computer name error.
  2. Fixed an issue where testing the connection may cause software crash.
  3. Fixed an issue where sync may wrongly resume after software restart.
  4. Fixed an issue where client software may fail to be enabled.
  5. Fixed an issue where changing connection type may cause display inconsistencies on system tray.
  6. Fixed an issue where text may be missing in the context menu.
  7. Fixed an issue where renaming a large number of files in the same folder may fail.
  8. Fixed an issue where server may fail to connect.
  9. Fixed an issue where file lock detection may fail.
  10. Fixed an issue where file download may cause file name error.
  11. Fixed an issue where file upload may fail to resume.
  12. Fixed an issue where connection via search results may fail.

Version: 4.0-4207

  1. Fixed an issue where Cloud Station clients may retain unnecessary files.
  2. Fixed an issue where file rename may fail due to network disconnection.

Version: 4.0-4204

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  1. Fixed an issue on the user interface that might cause connection failure.
  2. Fixed an issue where installation and upgrade might fail when a junction point is present in the user directory on Windows.
  3. Fixed an issue where strings might be missing on Windows when OS language is not supported.

Version: 3.2-3501

  1. Fixed an issue where program temp files might not be removed.
  2. Fixed an issue where connection attempts on Windows might lead to app crash.
  3. Fixed an issue where editing connection settings during file transmission might lead to authentication failure and sync error.
  4. Fixed an issue where removing a file on Mac might lead to a loop.
  5. Fixed an issue where files downloaded with Chrome might not be synced on Mac.
  6. Fixed an issue where NFD normalized files might lead to case conflict on Mac.
  7. Fixed an issue where a file 4096 bytes in size cannot be properly synced on Mac.
  8. Fixed an issue where version history cannot be browsed when the file name contains non-ASCII characters on Mac.
  9. Fixed an issue where RPM installer cannot be properly launched on Fedora 23.
  10. Fixed an issue where system tray icon is not properly displayed on Fedora 21.
  11. Fixed an issue where auto upgrade might fail on Ubuntu 15.10.

Version: 4.0-4203

  1. Synchronize any folders on your Synology NAS.
  2. Configure download-only tasks.
  3. Customize conflict policies by each PC.
  4. Integrated with DSM 2-step verification.
  5. Integrated with Windows VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service).
  6. Enhanced host search algorithm used in QuickConnect connections.
  7. Enhanced user experience and graphic interface.
  8. Now advanced consistency check can be disabled.
  9. Added minimalist system tray icons to better suit the OS themes of modern computers.
  10. Enhanced the installation GUI on Mac.
  11. Optimized memory usage.

Version: 3.2-3497

  1. Added context menu and file status overlay icon for Mac OS X 10.11.
  2. Fixed an issue where non-system drives on Windows PC cannot be selected as the root directory for synchronization.

Version: 3.2-3487

Improvements

  1. Upgraded to support Mac OS X 10.11.
  2. Enhanced compatibility with older Windows versions to support context menu.

Known issues

  1. Due to changes in the Apple Finder, icon overlay status and the context menu are not available in this version for Mac running OS X 10.11.

Version: 3.2-3484

Fixed issues

  1. Fixed an issue that might prevent successful sync resumption.

Version: 3.2-3482

Improvements

  1. Optimized file system scanning performance.
  2. Enhanced upgrade compatibility for versions older than 3.2-3400.
  3. Enhanced file conflict logic with non-ASCII characters.

Fixed issues

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  1. Fixed an issue where Cloud Station update might prevent booting.
  2. Fixed an issue where PC clients might fail to remove a folder immediately after certain events on the server.
  3. Fixed error message and log issues related to shared folder quota.
  4. Fixed an issue where folders with dummy nodes cannot be renamed.

Version: 3.2-3479

Fixed issues

  1. Fixed an issue that might caused high CPU usage using QuickConnect connection.
  2. Fixed an issue where proxy setting cannot be enabled.
  3. Fixed an issue where an expired certificate might cause verification failure.
  4. Fixed an issue where certain domain users cannot be properly enabled.
  5. Fixed an issue that might cause high CPU usage on Mac computers after rebooting.
  6. Fixed an issue where shared folder list cannot be displayed in certain QuickConnect connection.
  7. Fixed an issue where admin users cannot restore and download historic versions without Cloud Station privilege.
  8. Fixed an issue to support directories with brackets.

Version: 3.2-3475

What's New

  1. Added a quick setup wizard.
  2. Added a search feature to automatically find all Synology NAS in the local area network.
  3. Added a system tray menu in graphic user interface.
  4. You can right-click to stop or resume syncing for specific subfolders.
  5. You can right-click any file on your computer to copy it to the Cloud Station folder.
  6. Added a client-side sync log.
  7. You can now right-click a folder to create a folder sharing link.

Version: 3.1-3320

What's New

  1. Enhanced Sync Profile management usability.
  2. Enhanced QuickConnect stability.
  3. Users can now launch Cloud Station from the startup menu on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  4. Users can now sync folders named 'tmp' and 'temp'.
  5. Offers high resolution installer icon for Cloud Station Client on Windows, Mac and Linux.
  6. Updated the publisher of Cloud Station Client for Windows.
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Fixed Issues

  1. Fixed an issue where the package icon might not appear in the main menu.
  2. Fixed an issue where Cloud Station for Mac might not run after logout and re-login of OS X 10.10.
  3. Fixed an issue where historical files without extensions could not be downloaded.
  4. Fixed an issue where Cloud Station becomes unavailable for LDAP or Windows AD users.
  5. Fixed an issue where Windows XP could not shut down with Cloud Station running.
  6. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 3.1-3317

What's New

  1. Displays syncing status by each task.
  2. Supports pausing and resuming individual tasks.
  3. Selective sync filter now supports wildcard pattern matching.
  4. Cloud Station Client offers MSI, DEB, and RPM installers for Windows and Linux computers.
  5. Cloud Station Client for Mac now supports retina icons.

Version: 3.0-3111

Improvements

  1. Enhanced Unix privilege compatibility.

Version: 3.0-3109

Improvements

  1. Enhanced the compatibility ​with Apple iWork applications.

Version: 3.0-3108

Fixed Issues

  1. Autoupgrade might fail in unstable network condition.
  2. Files created via CIFS might not be synced to server.
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Improvements

  1. Enhanced server status accuracy
  2. Fine-tuned graphic user interface

Version: 3.0-3103

Change Log

  1. Updated to be compatible with the latest Cloud Station 3.0 in DSM 5.0.

Version: 3.0-3005

Change Log

  1. Fixed a SSL connection issue.

Version: 2.1-2577

Change Log

  1. Enhanced the stability when syncing files on Windows and Mac.

Version: 2.1-2570

Change Log

  1. Enhanced the stability when syncing file metadata on Mac.
  2. Enhanced the stability when updating client software on Mac.
  3. Enhanced the stability when syncing files on Windows.

Version: 2.1-2561

Change Log

  1. Linux Cloud Station client is now available and has been verified on Ubuntu and Fedora.
  2. Windows & Mac clients are introduced with Selective Sync feature, allowing you to sync only specific subfolders or files, according to filename, file type, and file size.

Version: 2.0-2402

Change Log

  1. Enhances the stability of data synchronization.

Version: 2.0-2391

Change Log

  1. After installing this version, Windows/Mac client will be automatically updated to the latest version in the future.
  2. The log database for file synchronization may now be manually deleted.
  3. Display language is now customizable.

Version: 1.1-2291

Change Log

  1. Enhanced the stability when syncing files.

Version: 1.1-2289

Change Log

  1. Enhanced the stability when syncing files.

Version: 1.1-2288

Change Log

  1. SSL Data transmission is now supported to provide secured Internet data transmission.
  2. Mac client is supported with black and white system tray icon style.

Version: 1.1-2251

Change Log

  1. Fixed an issue where the previous version, v1.1-2249, may not be successfully installed on PC client.
  2. Fixed an issue where all the files may be re-synced after upgrading to previous version, v.1.1-2249 on PC client.

Version: 1.1-2249

Change Log

  1. Up to 2 Shared folders can now be synchronized to different Cloud Station users on Windows PC or Mac Client. (Cloud Station 1.1 on DiskStation is required)
  2. Data transmission is now encrypted by SSL to provide a layer of security over the Internet. (Cloud Station 1.1 on DiskStation is required)
  3. HTTPS tunneling is supported to sync data via HTTPS Tunnel with QuickConnect.
  4. Proxy is now supported to establish connection to your Cloud Station server though your local proxy server.

Version: 1.0-2218

Change Log

  1. Added the client for Mac OS X environment.
  2. Enhanced the reliability of connection to DiskStation by fixing the inappropriate IP address resolving.
  3. Minor bug fixes.

Version: 1.0-2197

Change Log

  1. N/A. (This is the initial release of Cloud Station)

BitTorrent Sync, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud, Google Drive — There's no shortage of ways I can store files on the Internet. I've been a dedicated Dropbox user for many years and continue to pay for their 'Pro' consumer product. The announcement of a new Amazon unlimited storage option is compelling but the lack of options for access as well as limited app support will likely keep me using Dropbox.

But, I find myself using my own hosted Cloud Station on my Synology NAS more often as my way of getting files moved between devices.1 The sync application for the Mac works well and the DS Cloud iOS app is very functional. Both are fast for me, but whatt I really like is that the files are only ever on devices under my physical control.2

Cloud Station

The Cloud Station service runs on the Synology as a free user installed application. It's configured with a Synology 'QuickConnect ID' (which uses Synology's free DDNS service) to make connecting other devices to the service easy. It functions a bit like Dropbox. You point it at some directories on the Synology and it looks for changes and notifies clients when they need to get a new file. In some ways, it's more powerful than Dropbox.

You can setup access through Synology permissions so that different users have different access. Why would this be useful? Because you can share a Synology Cloud Station with another Synology user. Everything they add to their shared folder will automatically be synced between NAS devices. And this can all be segregated based on permissions so that private content stays private.

Cloud Station provides optional sync profiles for configuring what type of content can be kept in sync. If you don't want your friend's collection of animated GIFs, then setup a profile to exclude syncing files with the .gif extension.

Similar to Dropbox Pro, Cloud Station provides optional versioning of the synced files. This is a basic function of the Synology OS and it's extended to the Cloud Station applications on other devices. Versions can be restored or downloaded as a new file.

Other Synology owners can sync through my Cloud Station using the companion Cloud Sync service on their own NAS. Setup is pretty easy but managing the permissions can be a bit confusing if you have no experience with these options.

Once configured, every file added, deleted or changed on either end of the Cloud Station is automatically synced between the two NAS devices. In my testing, the reliability and performance is fairly stable and mostly dependent on how reliable the two NAS Internet connections are. The biggest issue I encountered was with syncing very large collections of files (tens of thousands). The syncing service would eventually die or hang and require a restart of the NAS to fix it. There were no issues with 'normal' sized syncs are syncing multi Gigabyte files.

All of this is available through the Synology web interface, which means I can add or delete files from almost any computer with an Internet connection and changes sync everywhere.

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Cloud Sync for Mac

The NAS to NAS syncing is nice but it's the Mac syncing client that starts to show off the real power behind Cloud Station. The client application is downloaded directly from the Synology NAS interface or from the Synology download page. Once installed, it's a simple matter of giving it a Cloud Station ID and telling it which local directory to use for syncing on the Mac. From there, it behaves much like Dropbox.3

Adding, deleting, or changing files on the Mac causes them to sync to the Synology. Subtle overlays are displayed on the file icons to indicate their current sync status.

Cloud Station also adds a new contextual menu for files to OS X. Right click to access file versions or to create a Synology sharing link. Synology share links use a short gofile.me (another Synology service) URL but these simply redirect to your own NAS through the magic of Synology DDNS and do not reside on a hosted service.4

There's also selective syncing for subfolders. Individual folders can be disabled for syncing to the Synology NAS and all other connected devices.

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Following the Dropbox design, which is fine with me, Cloud Sync runs as a menu bar application to indicate current syncing status and lists recent file changes. The menu bar provides quick access to the local sync directory as well as the settings. As with the Synology Cloud Station app on the NAS, the Mac app has optional sync profiles to restrict file types.

The Synology design allows for a many-to-many configuration. Each Cloud Sync client can sync with many different Cloud Stations and each Cloud Station allows multiple clients. The services keep it all straight and log each device and transaction.

Unlike mounting a remote volume, Cloud Sync works perfectly offline. Files are accessible like normal and once the NAS connection is available again (through the local LAN or over the Internet) file syncing resumes and changes are updated.

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How fast is it? It feels instant on my network. It feels faster than Dropbox.

DS Cloud for iOS

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DS Cloud is the free Cloud Station client for iOS. As with the Mac app, DS Cloud provides access to multiple Synology Cloud Station servers. Files are kept in sync between the iOS app and the Cloud Station directory on the NAS. Cloud Station is also smart enough to provide controls for when syncing should occur. Geofence syncing is also a nice feature to just make sure I'm always up to date when I arrive at home or work. It always drove me nuts to be required to open the Dropbox iOS app so that it would know to sync my files. DS Cloud is not a step backward.

The main reason to use DS Cloud over the similar DS File for iOS is that DS Cloud works offline. Files in DS Cloud are available for editing and sharing regardless of connectivity. The only dependency on the Synology NAS is for syncing across devices. This provides a way to capture to my iPhone anytime or place and only worry about syncing when I'm back on a network connection.5

Working with files is surprisingly easy in DS Cloud. It's very simple to get files out using familiar sharing methods in iOS 8. While any file type is available in DS Cloud, there's enhanced support for images, video and PDFs. All can be previewed directly in DS Cloud. Videos can be played, images viewed at full resolution and there's pretty good PDF annotation and viewing built right in. All without ever leaving DS Cloud.6

Perhaps one of the best features of DS Cloud is its integration with other document providers in iOS 8. Of course, it supports receiving files from other apps through sharing extensions, but I can also pull files directly from any number of other file sources, like Dropbox or iCloud. One of the greatest integrations is with Transmit for iOS which lets me grab files from remote SFTP servers and bring them into DS Cloud without jumping between apps.

Conclusion

There are always going to be questions of performance. Self-hosting has benefits but it also means the buck stops with you. I have terrific performance on my Synology 1815+. But I've also optimized my setup and I have FiOS at my home. Your home network connections are likely to be the primary bottlenecks, so be warned: You only have yourself and your cable provider to blame.

I like Cloud Sync because it means my files are secured in ways that are less opaque. When Slack had their recent security breach, I enabled two factor authentication on all of my accounts. During the process, they create 10 recovery keys. I wanted to snap a photo of these keys and store them somewhere I could trust. So, I opened DS Cloud and snapped photos of each account 2FA page. The files sync to my NAS and Mac within a second and never exist on any cloud service.

I don't have a particular security concern with Dropbox but I figure, why not use something I control if it's just as good in nearly every respect.

  1. That's an affiliate link for the Synology unit I use. It's like Sloth from Goonies. It's a beast but I love it so much. ↩

  2. Sure, someone could argue that the bits are streaming through servers all around the world as they travel from my phone to my Synology. There's nothing I can possibly afford to do about that. ↩

  3. There are Cloud Sync clients for Mac, Windows, Ubuntu and Fedora. I've only used the Mac client. ↩

  4. of course there is a dependency on making your NAS available outside of your home firewall. Files must be accessible over the Internet if you expect to share them that way. ↩

  5. I mean network in the general sense. DS Cloud works on WiFi, LTE, or 3G. But even in this modern utopia of constant technology, there are times I don't have an internet connection. ↩

  6. I don't know where that Monkey-Chicken photo comes from. It passed through my Twitter stream and I had to have it. Thank you, whoever created this. Your life is deservedly more interesting than mine. ↩