croc is a command-line app. Almost all the functionality of the tool uses its send command. Let’s say we want to send a folder to another machine securely. At the command line we issue the command:
$ croc send folder-name
The tool reports how many files and the total size of the files together with the command to issue on the receiving computer.
The short video below shows us transferring a folder called Remixing which contains 13 files. We issue the command:
sde@ganges:~$ croc send Remixing
As you can see, we’re instructed to enter the command
croc 2714-liter-compass.pogo on the other computer.
The image below shows that we’ve entered the command on the other computer and received the folder containing the 13 files. It’s that simple.
As you may realize, this transfer was performed between two machines on a local network. But croc allows any two computers to transfer data.
What else does croc offer?
- Provides end-to-end encryption (using PAKE). In cryptography, a password-authenticated key agreement method is an interactive method for two or more parties to establish cryptographic keys based on one or more party’s knowledge of a password.An important property is that an eavesdropper or man-in-the-middle cannot obtain enough information to be able to brute-force guess a password without further interactions with the parties for each (few) guesses.
- Enables easy cross-platform transfers (Linux, Android, macOS, and Windows).
- Allows multiple file transfers.
- Allows resuming transfers that are interrupted.
- Uses transmission and therefore does not need a server or port forwarding.
The software also can use a proxy, it defaults to IPv6 (IPv4 as a fallback), define parameters like the sender IP, address of the relay, and password for the relay. We can throttle the upload speed if necessary, disable compression, and even use a built-in DNS stub resolver.
Complete list of articles in this series:
|Abricotine||Markdown editor with inline preview functionality|
|AES Crypt||Encrypt files using the Advanced Encryption Standard|
|Ananicy||Shell daemon created to manage processes’ IO and CPU priorities|
|broot||Next gen tree explorer and customizable launcher|
|Cerebro||Fast application launcher|
|cheat.sh||Community driven unified cheat sheet|
|CopyQ||Advanced clipboard manager|
|croc||Securely transfer files and folders from the command-line|
|Deskreen||Live streaming your desktop to a web browser|
|duf||Disk usage utility with more polished presentation than the classic df|
|exa||A turbo-charged alternative to the venerable ls command|
|Extension Manager||Browse, install and manage GNOME Shell Extensions|
|fd||Wonderful alternative to the venerable find|
|fkill||Kill processes quick and easy|
|fontpreview||Quickly search and preview fonts|
|horcrux||File splitter with encryption and redundancy|
|Kooha||Simple screen recorder|
|KOReader||Document viewer for a wide variety of file formats|
|Imagine||A simple yet effective image optimization tool|
|LanguageTool||Style and grammar checker for 30+ languages|
|Liquid Prompt||Adaptive prompt for Bash & Zsh|
|lnav||Advanced log file viewer for the small-scale; great for troubleshooting|
|lsd||Like exa, lsd is a turbo-charged alternative to ls|
|McFly||Navigate through your bash shell history|
|mdless||Formatted and highlighted view of Markdown files|
|Nushell||Flexible cross-platform shell with a modern feel|
|OCRmyPDF||Add OCR text layer to scanned PDFs|
|Oh My Zsh||Framework to manage your Zsh configuration|
|Paperwork||Designed to simplify the management of your paperwork|
|PDF Mix Tool||Perform common editing operations on PDF files|
|peco||Simple interactive filtering tool that's remarkably useful|
|ripgrep||Recursively search directories for a regex pattern|
|Rnote||Sketch and take handwritten notes|
|scrcpy||Display and control Android devices|
|Sticky||Simulates the traditional “sticky note” style stationery on your desktop|
|tldr||Simplified and community-driven man pages|
|tmux||A terminal multiplexer that offers a massive boost to your workflow|
|Tusk||An unofficial Evernote client with bags of potential|
|Ulauncher||Sublime application launcher|
|Watson||Track the time spent on projects|
|Whoogle Search||Self-hosted and privacy-focused metasearch engine|
|Zellij||Terminal workspace with batteries included|