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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Tom_M
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

927 Comments
Sqrcz
New member | Level 2

+1

dyihoon90
New member | Level 2

+1

Arne1
Explorer | Level 4

This is a very important function. I can't use Dropbox for my projects because I can't tell DropBox to ignore my IDEs temp and backup files. As soon as I start it, DropBox goes crazy and messes my file history with continues uploads. Please add a function to simply ignore files/folder by name, like .git, *.tmp and so on.

glauco76
Helpful | Level 5

+1

 

I guess this feature (or similar) is being asked in like 20 other threads, each one with 100s votes.

 

Summing up all of these makes this request the top of the top of the top of the top priority for new features development for Dropbox (business, pro or basic)

sanfuncisco
Explorer | Level 3

Everyone, look no further... just use this:

https://github.com/syncthing/syncthing

sinnaj-r
New member | Level 2

+1

I have been a Dropbox Power User for years now, but I'm not sure if I can use Dropbox much longer while it doesn't provide a feature like this;

syncing simply takes forever and my machine is constantly on 100% CPU to sync the 100s of thousands of files in my node_modues folders.

Raju R.
Explorer | Level 4

Why does dropbox want to host that no one wants to keep in cloud. Waiting for something like,

.dropboxignore
terman
New member | Level 2

+1

Tom_M
Helpful | Level 6
benony
New member | Level 2

Been using Dropbox for many years, but if they can't add the possibility to exclude folders in selective sync, without deleting them, then I'm unfortunately gonna have to find me a new service that can.

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