Synergy KVM Replacement


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

Over 10 years ago I reviewed a program that I have found to be extremely useful in a multi-desktop environment.  At first I was skeptical, but I quickly realized my life was much easier using it – the program seamlessly integrated the keyboard and mouse of the server machine across any number of client machines.

The program is not a complete KVM replacement, in that it only utilizes the keyboard and mouse, and requires separate monitors for each desktop.  Its usefulness however, as I will show, it is a tool that takes a multi desktop environment and unifies it.  No longer does the user have to switch between machines – one keyboard and mouse rule all others.

Since I started using the program over 10 years ago, setup has become much easier, and requires much less technical knowledge to setup, but considering that the intended audience is using Multiple Desktops and usually technically savvy, configuration should not be a problem.

In 2014 Synergy shifted from a free-download business model to a paid-download business model, and while I personally have not shifted to the latest version requiring payment (I still use version 1.4.18 from 2014 that is still free), I can see where it would be beneficial to acquire a paid version, and the technical support that would be included.  Free versions of the software can still be found on their new rebranded corporate site here:


As of the writing of this post only the versions for Mac OS X 10.9 are still available, all other Mac OS links are dead.  Alternative OS downloads still work.

Additional information can be found here:


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