Warpinator allows you quickly and easily transfer files between Linux PCs, Android phones, tablets, and other devices.
Warpinator is a local network file transfer application developed by Linux Mint. It is written with Python 3 and was released by the Linux Mint project in September last year. Warpinator also can be installed on many other Linux distributions.
Server configuration (FTP, NFS, Samba) is overkill for casual file transfers between two computers, and it’s a real pity to use external media (Internet services, USB sticks, external HDDs) just to share files when there’s a local network which could do just that.
Warpinator’s simple, straightforward interface guides users through the steps needed to transfer files wirelessly from PC to PC or from/to Android device and PC without any third-party cloud intermediaries, obscure copy/paste codes, or other hurdles.
In other words, It is designed to simplify device-to-device transfers when two devices are connected to the same network.
The app can automatically discover compatible services on a local network. It works over WiFi and hotspot, and you can transfer any file type over this app or entire directories.
Fortunately, these days the app has arrived on Android. Do note that this is an unofficial port, though. Still, the app works great, and if you need something like that, you should try it.
Of course, there is a reason why the app stands at a 4.7-star rating. Its design is straightforward and does one thing it is meant to do well. Furthermore, the app entirely focuses on transferring files and won’t bother you with a bloated UI or features you’ll never use.
Warpinator is available on Android thanks to Slowscript, a Czech-based developer, and it’s available for download from the Google Play Store.
Installing Warpinator on Linux
You can install Warpinator via Flatpak from the Flathub app store. The reason? There’s no need to compile any source code or anything like that.
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo flatpak install flathub org.x.Warpinator
flatpak run org.x.Warpinator