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How to install Syncthing on Tails
last updated: 7-1-2019
After your first boot, go to the Applications menu in the top left corner. Open the Tails menu, and then select “Configure persistent volume”. Follow the on-screen instructions. At the very least, enable Additional Software, Dotfiles, and Personal Data. When the on-screen instructions tell you to reboot, do so.
On boot, go to the advanced settings button in Tails Greeter (the first window that pops up, before you go to the desktop). Click on the plus button, then select Administration Password. Type in a password of your choice and click Add.
sudo apt install syncthing
Open ~/.bashrc in your favorite text editor. At the end of the file, add the following lines:
alias sta=‘syncthing --home=/home/amnesia/Persistent/.config/syncthing’
Save and close the file. Copy it into your persistent Dotfiles folder, usually at
Reboot and unlock your persistent volume. Once on the desktop, open a terminal and type
Open Tor Browser (obviously). Open the hamburger menu and click on Preferences. At the very bottom, click on “Settings” next to “Configure how Tor Browser connects to the internet”. In the “no proxy for” box, type in “127.0.0.1” without the quotes.
Click the OK box and exit Preferences. Open another terminal and type:
sudo iptables -I OUTPUT -o lo -p tcp --dport 8384 -j ACCEPT
You will need to do step 6 every time you reboot Tails, as there is currently no way to make this persistent.