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synergy: [noun] a mutually advantageous conjunction of distinct elements


Synergy lets you easily share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers with different operating systems, each with its own display, without special hardware. It's intended for users with multiple computers on their desk since each system uses its own monitor(s).


Redirecting the mouse and keyboard is as simple as moving the mouse off the edge of your screen. Synergy also merges the clipboards of all the systems into one, allowing cut-and-paste between systems. Furthermore, it synchronizes screen savers so they all start and stop together and, if screen locking is enabled, only one screen requires a password to unlock them all. Learn more about how it works.


Synergy is open source and released under the GNU Public License (GPL).





System Requirements



  • Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me (the Windows 95 family)
  • Microsoft Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP (the Windows NT family)
  • Mac OS X 10.2 or higher
  • Unix
  • X Windows version 11 revision 4 or up
  • XTEST extension

    (use "xdpyinfo | grep XTEST" to check for XTEST)

All systems must support TCP/IP networking. "Unix" includes Linux, Solaris, Irix and other variants. Synergy has only been extensively tested on Linux and may not work completely or at all on other versions of Unix. Patches are welcome (including patches that package binaries) at the patches page.


The Mac OS X port is incomplete. It does not synchronize the screen saver, only text clipboard data works (i.e. HTML and bitmap data do not work), the cursor won't hide when not on the screen, and there may be problems with mouse wheel acceleration. Other problems should be filed as bugs.

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it's not a virtual or implied kvm switch, as it does require the other system to have it's own monitor, but...



i've been using synergy for about 2 years now, and it is fantastic. the only problem i've found, is that occasionally you will lose the ability to copy/paste from one computer to another. if you stop and restart it though, it works again.

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This deserves bringing out the closet, as I've been using this GR8 program for 4 yrs now. I also like the fact that you can reduce the area in which the mouse jumps from one screen to the next.



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