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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

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.

Explorer | Level 3

Well, all I can say is that I'm greatly disappointed. I'm a really happy Dropbox Plus user, but this particular feature has become a necessity for me. I was hoping something changed before my DB Plus year ends next month, but this wasn't the change I was expecting.


Now, the thing is: does another service with this feature (ideally, ".gitignore" style) actually exist?

New member | Level 2

Well, Dropbox did make a choice, and so have I. I'm in the progress of moving just enough of stuff off of Dropbox to cancel my paid subscription.  Not, that anyone would care.


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Helpful | Level 6

So... Which are the best options for a Dropbox alternative who really cares for its advanced users? Does anyone have a good list?

New member | Level 2

In my case, I have lot of videos, pdfs, zips, but I want to sync only the images on to other machines. So, I look for mimetype or wildcard based sync option.

New member | Level 2

In git you can igonre certain files & folders from being synced ...

Can we have this feature please ?

Helpful | Level 7

Still hoping for this feature to come. Though those "filename.dat~" files being uploaded are not technically a problem, they are still a nuisance, some software insists on putting temporary files in the same directory or a subdirectory of the location of the user document, so pattern-based exclusions (e.g. all folders named ".cache" or all files matching "*~") would be quite useful still.

Travis W.13
New member | Level 2

Absolutely flabbergasted that such a highly requested - and logically useful - feature would be outright declined. Another Dropbox Plus user who is going to be reevaluating options... Ridiculous.


For others who have asked, Sync has the ability to use an .ignore file similar to .gitignore style and storage/pricing is similar. 👋🏻

Eric M.13
Helpful | Level 6

Thanks for the tip on Sync's ignore file @Travis W.13

Explorer | Level 3


  • Exact same file format as .gitignore and .dockerignore
  • Feature could be an opt-in on the official client
  • Client then ignores anything in that directory or its subdirectories that match the patterns in the .dropboxignore files up to that point.
  • The above rule means that a .dropboxignore at the top of your dropbox would be applied to everything in your Dropbox, but files below that would only apply to their directories and so on.
  • .dropboxignore files are synced to Dropbox unless otherwise specified?


I think this would be a really useful feature for software developers that use Dropbox to sync code between their computers because it would keep build artifacts (the various files generated when compiling code) from being synced around, which would speed up the sync process while also using less space.  This could even be profitable for Dropbox because I would bet that many of the people abusing Dropbox in this way are more likely corporate customers with unlimited plans anyway, since it is relatively untenable to do this on most personal plans.


I imagine this could also be good for other creative / professional types like video editors who don't want all of the files that something like Adobe Premier creates when it does an export.


Lastly it seems pretty straightforward to implement as these things go.  Just a couple klocs (kilo lines of code) in the desktop clients would probably do the trick.

New member | Level 2

In my case, I am working on a project from C / C++ / Fortran and Matlab source code.  After some changes, numerous .o (linux) or .obj (Windows) files are created, and synced with Dropbox.  Although this is not usually a problem for me, I am generally concerned about use of bandwidth and Dropbox resources for it.  (It seems wasteful.)  I thus would prefer to be able to exclude these file types.

Note: I find Dropbox more convenient than say SVN and the like, since it is simpler, with less server installation and maintenance issues, etc.

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