Wireless, encrypted file transfer over automatically configured ad hoc networking. No network infrastructure required (access point, router, switch). Just two laptops (Mac and/or Windows) with wireless chips in close range.
Don't have a flash drive? Don't have access to a wireless network or don't trust one? Need to move a file larger than 2GB between Mac and Windows but don't want to set up a file share? Try it out!
On receiving end (Mac):
./flyingcarpet -receive transferred_movie.avi -peer windows
[Write down password]
On sending end (Windows):
flyingcarpet.exe -send movie.avi -peer mac
[Enter password from Mac]
Cross-platform, Mac and Windows.
Speeds over 120mbps (with laptops close together).
Does not use Bluetooth or your local network, just wireless chip to wireless chip.
Files encrypted in transit.
Large files supported (<10MB RAM usage while transferring a 4.5GB file).
Standalone binary, no installation required.
(Ready-to-use x64 binaries in
/bin as well, must run
chmod u+x flyingcarpet for Mac.)
go get ./...
Disables your wireless internet connection while in use (does not apply to Windows when receiving)
On Mac: May have to click Allow or enter username and password at prompt to join ad-hoc network. (Clicking cancel may still work.)
On Windows: Must run as administrator to receive files (to allow connection through firewall and clear ARP cache). Right-click Command Prompt icon in Start menu and select "Run as administrator," or press Win+X, A.
Windows laptop must support hosted networking. To find out if yours does, run
netsh wlan show drivers. If the
Hosted network supported :line says
No, you can't use this product. Known issue on Surface Pro 3 and later.
If you choose to receive a filename that is already present in your current directory, it will be overwritten.
After a successful transfer, Flying Carpet will attempt to rejoin you to your previous wireless networks. If there is an error midway through the process, this may fail.
Disclaimer: I am not a cryptography expert. This is a usable product in its current state, but is also an experiment and a work in progress. Do not use for private files if you think a skilled attacker is less than 100 feet from you and trying to intercept them.
Licenses for third-party tools and libraries used can be found in the "3rd_party_licenses" folder.