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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

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nicc777
Explorer | Level 4

How is this not implemented yet? Do the Dropbox guys even read these suggestions?

jamescorden
Explorer | Level 3

I can't believe dropbox STILL hasn't implemented this in 7 years. Absolutely absurd. Symlinks are completely unnecessary for a service that millions of developers use. 

 

I hadn't opened the Dropbox app on my computer for about a week because I was using a limited hotspot while traveling. I come back and being the syncing process on my home network and it's trying to upload 300k+ files (nearly 3GB of primarily node modules), and it's estimated time is 5+ hours ??? Are you kidding me?

Glenn M.14
Explorer | Level 4

IMO, just having a check box to sync/not sync would be great. I share folders with others, for awhile, and then don’t need to, but can’t Delete. Be nice to step out of the Sync loop.

Pepsimax750
New member | Level 2

Christopher N.1, you recommend storing the files outside of the Dropbox folder; this is exactly what I want to do, but every time I attach an external drive or card reader to my pc, the files automatically synch to DB, so how do you pre-set a folder to not synch to DB?  It is sort of the reverse of synching, I want the files on PC, not the cloud.  Had a similar issue with OneDrive; 1Tb hard drive and 20gb OneDrive account.  When OneDrive was full (with files I didn't want there) I cleared some space and lost years of photos from my hard drive.  I'm terrified of it happening again, how do you protect files on (multiple) hard drives from the capricious whims of these cloud accounts?  I don't want or need to subscribe to an infinite amount of cloud storage, but sometimes it feels like these apps are just a legitimised form of ransomware; counter-intuitive and designed to put your data in peril unless you cough-up for the paid service.

condougan
New member | Level 2

100% need this feature. 

Glenn M.14
Explorer | Level 4

Selective Sync, or the ability to choose what syncs, or not is a feature that has been requested for several years. 

Since it has not been implemented, I have to believe it’s because they make more money when people upgrade because their box is full.

Definitely not interested in their customers. I’ve my eye out for other, more customer responsive solutions, like iCloud, Google Drive, and the like.

Sorry Dropbox, you get a Thumbs Down for customer service.

Terri42
Helpful | Level 5

I'm a novice with dropbox so please excuse lack of knowledge. I have dropbox on my laptop. I have synced with my iPad and iPhone. In my laptop dropbox folder I have many files and folders which have synced to all devices but I would prefer that only one folder goes to my iPhone - they other files will not be used on the iPhone.  Can I restrict the iPhone sync to just one dropbox folder?

 

Also, are the files downloaded to the devices or are they just an alias, which means that I would have to be online to read them.

 

Thank you for any help.

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