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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Helpful | Level 6

Please please please can you add a feature that allows folders to be excluded from the Dropbox account (on windows and mac). For sure I'm not the first person to request this, but I'm yet to find a good explanation of why it's not there. A quick google search reveals loads of people also looking for the same feature. I really like the workflow I have with dropbox, but it's getting to the point where I might switch providers in order to allow better selective sync.

I've seen hackish solutions using selective sync, but it would be great if this could be done in one of the following ways:
- global pattern matching eg "node_modules"
- a marker file in the directory like .dropboxignore
- a simple right click context menu "Ignore this folder"

Other than that, keep up the good work. Cheers.
Tom

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New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Mike, you are the champion! This was a really great advice. It works perfectly. Thank you very much!

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Well, I appreciate the thanks, but the superuser who figured this out deserves the credit (I unfortunately wasn't able to thank HIM since the forum he posted on doesn't even allow comments or thanks until you've been a member for quite some time, and that ain't gonna happen for me). But I'm glad I could pass it on and let's hope that others will find the solution as well.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I installed Dropbox today and within ten minutes I was looking for a way to ignore files by type. This is such a glaring omission.

AutoCAD produces heaps of DWG backup files (*.bak) and sometimes error logs (*.err). Why on earth would I want them syncronised to the cloud and to other offices?

Dropbox, please implement this.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I installed Dropbox today and within ten minutes I was looking for a way to ignore files by type. This is such a glaring omission.

AutoCAD produces heaps of DWG backup files (*.bak) and sometimes error logs (*.err). Why on earth would I want them syncronised to the cloud and to other offices?

Dropbox, please implement this.

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

Would be great to get a comment from the team to understand whether this feature is under development.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Yep, +1 for .gitignore support

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I've found http://konolige.com/dbignore/, but it's for Mac only

Any solution for Windows?

New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

From the "dbignore" project readme:

Recent versions of Dropbox do not work with dbignore. I currently lack the time fix dbignore.

Looks like "dbignore" it's not a viable option. I really wish Dropbix did something to implement this functionality.

New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Yes, it's not longer maintained.

This feature would be SO useful.

Explorer | Level 4

Yes +1