for Researchers & Teams

Local Sync for Research Data


SESYNC users can maintain local copies of data in their research data directory using the Nextcloud sync client. The sync client provides another way to put data into your research data directory, so it is accessible to colleagues with access to the same research data directory.

The first time you log in to Nextcloud, you will be prompted to install the sync client. This is optional. If you choose to install it at a later date, download the installer for Windows or macOS from


  1. Install the desktop client on your Windows or macOS computer.

  2. Open the Nextcloud application for the first time. You will be prompted to first Log in, and then configure a server.

  3. Configure the connection:
    1. Enter for the server.
    2. Provide your SESYNC username and password.
    3. Customize the Server (what to sync). Your research data directory is an “external storage”, so do not check the second box.
    4. Choose the Local Folder (where to sync).

  4. Confirm that the folders you want to sync are active. Find the new green check-box icon () in your app tray, and open the Nextcloud “Settings”.