Snapdrop is inspired by Apple's Airdrop, but is a Progressive Web App built with Polymer and Web RTC.
Snapdrop is built with the following awesome technologies:
- WebSockets fallback (iDevices don't support WebRTC)
- Material Design
Frequently Asked Questions
What about the connection? Is it a P2P-connection directly from device to device or is there any third-party-server?
It uses a P2P connection if WebRTC is supported by the browser. (WebRTC needs a Signaling Server, but it is only used to establish a connection and is not involved in the file transfer).
If WebRTC isn’t supported (Safari, IE) it uses a Web Sockets fallback for the file transfer. The server connects the clients with a stream.
What about privacy? Will files be saved on third-party-servers?
None of your files are ever saved on any server.
But it does use Google Analytics.
Is SnapDrop a fork of ShareDrop?
No. ShareDrop is built with ember. Snapdrop is built with Polymer.
I wanted to play around with Progressive Web Apps and then I got the idea to clone Apple’s Airdrop. By doing research on this idea I found and analysed ShareDrop. I liked it and thought about how to improve it.
ShareDrop uses WebRTC only and isn't compatible with Safari Browsers. Snapdrop uses a Websocket fallback and some hacks to make Snapdrop work due to the download restrictions on iDevices.
Snapdrop is awesome! How can I support it?
- File Bugs, Give Feedback, Suggestions
- Share Snapdrop on your social media.
- Buy me a cup of coffee
- Fix bugs and do a Pull Request. This is my first open source project, so I am not very used to the common workflow, but we'll figure it out!
- Do Security Analysis and suggestions
Run the project on your device
- Install npm, bower, gulp and the dependencies as described here
npm install & bower install
- In a second shell run