ShareDrop: HTML5 Apple AirDrop clone

Our last article was on lancat but today we found an online service way cooler than lancat. We are talking of ShareDrop, an online service which discovers others users in a LAN using it and allows simple drag and drop file transfers between them through a cool interface. Continue reading ShareDrop: HTML5 Apple AirDrop clone

NitroShare: cross OS LAN file sharing

nitroshare_compUploading huge files to share them with others is a pain. You can share a directory but how long do you need to keep the share alive? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could share files seamlessly between computers running different operating systems in a LAN using a single client? NitroShare makes it possible.


  • Automatic discovery of devices on the local network
  • Simple and intuitive user interface
  • Drag and drop to transfer files
  • Transfer entire directories
  • Completely free and open-source
  • Application indicator in the system tray
  • Runs on Linux / Windows / Mac OS X (written in Qt)


Get the installer for your operating system and architecture from the project page (linked below).

Ubuntu has a dependency which should be installed using:

$ sudo apt-get install libqxmlrpc1

Webpage: NitroShare

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Dukto: multiplatform LAN ip messenger


If you ever used ip messenger (ipmsg) years back, you know how handy it used to be on LANs. On Linux there is iptux but it is not available for all platforms. We found a polished version of ipmsg with a clean metro-like interface – Dukto. It supports both LAN messaging and file transfers. Dukto is a very lightweight application and the interface reminds me of Typhoon. Features at a glance:

  • Simple user interface
  • No server or internet connection needed
  • Zero configuration
  • Clients auto-discovery
  • High speed file transfer
  • Portable version available
  • Multi files and folders transfer
  • Transfers log
  • Send and receive text snippets (eg. useful for sending URLs)
  • Open received files directly from the application
  • Show your IP addresses on the IP connection page
  • Full Unicode support
  • Metro style UI
  • Multi-OS native support (Linux, Windows, Mac, Android iOS, Symbian)
  • Free and open source

While Dukto is very handy, the only problem I found is the lack of quick launch icon on Linux (I am using Ubuntu with LXDE). In my opinion it is a must for applications related to communication.

To install dukto on Ubuntu 13.10, 14.04 and 14.10:

$ sudo sh -c "echo 'deb /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dukto.list"
$ wget
$ sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install dukto

You can directly download packages for several Linux distros here.

QChat is another multiplatform LAN chat client. To install on Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install qchat

Webpage: Dukto

OneTeam: enterprise instant messaging

Employees in every office need instant messaging to communicate. How about a jazzy one with stunning looks? OneTeam is a top-notch enterprise level solution for instant messaging with lots of exciting features:

  • Text, voice and video call support
  • File transfers
  • Multiplatform + Firefox support
  • Archiving
  • Conference rooms
  • Encryption
  • XMPP compliance
  • Polished GUI
  • Free other than the iPhone client

Webpage: OneTeam

iptux: Linux IM on LAN

I was looking for a over-the-LAN instant messaging app on Ubuntu to use at home. A port of good old ipmsg is available but the interface is too dated. After trying a few more options I found iptux. It has a polished interface, the chat window is modern and can be minimized to the system tray. It supports both chat and file transfers. A good way to communicate if you have several users on the same wifi. Available in Synaptic.

To show the iptux icon in the system tray I added it in the systray whitelist:

# gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist
"['Pidgin', 'Dropbox', 'qbittorrent', 'iptux']"

To share files over LAN as well as the internet try BaShare.

Webpage: iptux