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Seafile client for a Cli server

Installation

You can follow this documentaion to install Seafile CLI client on various Linux distributions.

Basic Usage

Initialize & start the client

# choose a folder where to store the seafile client settings e.g ~/seafile-client
mkdir ~/seafile-client            # create the settings folder
seaf-cli init -d ~/seafile-client  # initialise seafile client with this folder
seaf-cli start

Download and sync a library from a server.

  • retrieve the library id by browsing into a library on the server. The ID is part of the URL. The format looks like f4962ce9-ba07-47b8-a83a-73dd96c2ebfd .
  • then
seaf-cli download -l "the id of the library" -s  "the url + port of server" -d "the folder where the library folder will be downloaded" -u "username on server" [-p "password"]
seaf-cli status  # check status of ongoing downloads
# Name  Status  Progress
# Apps    downloading     9984/10367, 9216.1KB/s

Note: if you don't supply the password parameter in the command, it will be asked later, which is more secure.

Example: seaf-cli download -l 0536c006-8a43-449e-8718-39f12111620d -s http://cloud.seafile.com -d /tmp -u freeplant@test.com

The above command will create a new folder with the same name as the library under the specified folder.

You can also sync a library with an existing folder on the local computer. The existing files in the local folder will be merged with the files in the library.

seaf-cli sync -l "the id of the library" -s  "the url + port of server" -d "the folder which the library will be synced with" -u "username on server" [-p "password"]

After running the download or sync command, the local folder will be automatically synced with the library.

Detailed documentation

seaf-cli is the command line interface for seafile client.

Subcommands:

    init                Initialize config directory
    start               Start ccnet and seafile daemon
    stop                Stop ccnet and seafile daemon
    list                List local libraries
    list-remote         List remote libraries
    status              Show syncing status
    download            Download and sync a library from seafile server
    download-by-name    Download and sync a library defined by name from seafile server
    sync                Sync a library with an existing folder
    desync              De-sync a library with seafile server
    create              Create a library
    config              Configure seafile client

Running seaf-cli -h will show the above help. For each subcommand, you can also use -h option to get help, e.g. seaf-cli download -h.

Detail

Seafile client stores all its configure information in a config dir. The default location is ~/.ccnet. All the commands below accept an option -c <config-dir>.

init

Initialize seafile client. This command initializes the config dir. It also creates sub-directories seafile-data and seafile under parent-dir. seafile-data is used to store internal data, while seafile is used as the default location put downloaded libraries.

seaf-cli init [-c <config-dir>] -d <parent-dir>

A file named seafile.ini will be created under ~/.ccnet to record the location of seafile-data directory.

If you want to run multiple instances of Seafile cli client in the same machine, you can specify different config-dir and parent-dir when initializing different client instances. Then the instances can run without interfering each others. When starting the instances, just specify ccnet config directories with the -c option.

start

Start seafile client. This command starts seaf-daemon , which is the file syncing engine for Seafile client.

seaf-cli start [-c <config-dir>]

stop

Stop seafile client.

seaf-cli stop [-c <config-dir>]

Download/Download-by-name

Download and sync a library from seafile server. It will create a new folder with the same name as the library under the parent folder. The local folder will be automatically synced with the library. The download-by-name command works similarly, but can save you from finding the library ID. It only works when the library name is unique on the server.

seaf-cli download -l <library-id> -s <seahub-server-url> -d <parent-directory> -u <username> [-p <password>]

sync

Synchronize a library with an existing folder. The existing files in the local folder will be merged with the files in the library.

seaf-cli sync -l <library-id> -s <seahub-server-url> -d <existing-folder> -u <username> [-p <password>]

desync

Desynchronize a library from seafile server. After running this command, the local folder will no longer be synced with the server.

seaf-cli desync -d <existing-folder>

create

Create a new library on server

seaf-cli create [-h] -n library-name -t description [-e library-password] -s server -u username -p password

list

List information about synced libraries. The information includes library name, library ID and local folder path for the library.

seaf-cli list [-c <config-dir>] [--json]

list-remote

List information about accessible libraries on the server. The information includes library names and ID.

seaf-cli list-remote -s <seahub-server-url> -u <username> [-p <password>] [-c <config-dir>] [--json]

status

List syncing status of libraries. This will return the name, syncing status and progress information about all local libraries.

seaf-cli status

The returned status and their meaning:

status meaning
synchronized Local folder is consistent with the remote library
committing Files in local folder are being indexed
initializing Getting sync information from server
downloading file list Downloading file list from server. Progress will be displayed.
downloading files Downloading files from server. Progress will be displayed.
uploading Uploading files to server. Progress will be displayed.
error Error message will be displayed in the progress column.

Skip SSL certificate verify

If you're using self-signed certificate on the server, you should ask the client to skip verifying certificate.

seaf-cli config -k disable_verify_certificate -v true

Set Transfer Speed Limit

Set upload speed limit to 1MB/s :

seaf-cli config -k upload_limit -v 1000000

Set download speed limit to 1MB/s :

seaf-cli config -k download_limit -v 1000000

Two factor authentication

seaf-cli supports 'Two Factor Authentication'.

If you want to use the feature, you should add the argument --tfa <token> to any seaf-cli commands. <token> is Google Authenticator's verification code.

For example:

seaf-cli download -l "4b11d9d4-e3b1-4394-be85-9d4a80f626fa" -s "https://demo.seafile.top" -d "testst" -u "abc@abc.com" -p "abc" --tfa 002755