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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.
Tom

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Helpful | Level 6

@Ogilthorp If you exclude the nodes_modules directories you will no longer have 3 million files to sync.
I have been progressively migrating all my progects to pCloud and so far I havent experienced any issues. 
I remember migrating a 6 430 files project from github to pCloud I was expecting 2hours of sync times like with dropbox "indexing files..." but it just took like 10 min or so.

Explorer | Level 4

Sugested the same feature (essentially) via twiter and got sent here to upvote (which I just did).

edit: removed link to tweet as twitter seems to generate incorrect URL's

Helpful | Level 5

Desperately need this feature! I'm only replying so I can get notifications for this thread (didn't know how to get this otherwise).

Dropboxer

You can also click on the ellipsis button (...) from the upper right corner of a post and then click on 'Subscribe' so you can get notified about any future responses @borkdude.

In addition, I also wanted to thank you all for providing your constructive feedback and reassure you that your comments have been passed along to our dev team for their consideration. I can't comment on if or when this will get implemented though. 

If you have anything to add, please let us know! 

Explorer | Level 3

@Walter if the team decides not to work on it, will you at least comment on that?

Helpful | Level 5

A programmatic (e.g. Python) or command line interface would also work for me, as long as I would be able to script something and not use the GUI. This is already possible on linux. Why not on Mac?

Explorer | Level 4

Another "no comment" on this feature.  Will be cancelling DB for either pCloud or Sync.  For those that absolutely need this feature, here's a screenshot of pCloud's ignore interface in their desktop app.

I haven't used it yet, but others in this thread are seeing dramatic indexing/syncing speed increases.  I'll be testing it out over the coming months.

Another scary part of keeping sensitive dev/source files on DB is right in their terms.  Here's a quote from /terms :

"These and other features may require our systems to access, store, and scan Your Stuff. You give us permission to do those things, and this permission extends to our affiliates and trusted third parties we work with."

No thanks.  You're fading fast, Dropbox.

Explorer | Level 3

I'm a developer and I work with web and mobile projects. More than often I shuffle between my desktop and my laptop (when on the move). This means that my projects are stored in Dropbox and stay in sync so that I can seamlessly work on either of these machines.

When working with Node.js projects, there is a folder named node_modules which typically ends up with thousands of files, which do not require to be synched every time because they contain thousands of files and synching it takes hours even on a fast connection. 

What I'd like to do is be able to selectively prevent folders (by a pattern) from getting uploaded. A solution like .gitignore is thus highly sought which would allow advanced users to define a pattern for preventing files and folders from getting synched.

Please do incorporate such a feature. It would drastically improve the user experience for use cases like mine. The selective sync, unfortunately, is not the best solution for this job. It's too basic and clunky for this purpose. A .dropbox file in the root with a pattern to prevent files/folders would be perfect.

Thanks

Dropboxer
Hey there @sachinbee,
 
Just to note, I’ve merged your post to this thread here so as to keep track of your comments more efficiently. I’ll be passing along this info to our dev team for review and thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts here on the Community.
 
Have a great day - Thanks!
Explorer | Level 4

@Daphne - is there any reason why Dropbox has been ignoring this seemingly simple request for so long? Going through the comments now, I see a lot of frustration as a result of the lack of feedback. As some have started to note - your competitors are starting to steel your thunder, so please consider taking your community a little more seriously. 

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