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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Level 5

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

758 Comments
djm2
Level 5

I would also like this feature. Not being able to exclude node_modules ruins Dropbox for me (I know this can be done manually at the start of each project but that is not a reasonable solution). I use git and bitbucket but would like to have a copy of my entire development directory on Dropbox with the node_modules files excluded. The node_modules directory can have hundreds of thousands of files and sym links. I have to throttle the Dropbox process in order for my computer to not overheat while using Dropbox, even when I'm not even updating any files! I'll have to stop syncing my node projects and look for an alternate provider with this feature.

that70schris Level 2
Level 2

anyone know of any alternative services with this feature?

gnou
Level 3

It has been a very popular request from developers which has been ignored for years by Dropbox. Implementing a .gitignore like logic would simply make dropbox usable by developers.

Actually, it is not.

garronej
Level 4

 +1
@Mark You are doing a great job at degrading Dropbox Inc's PR.

Danziger Level 2
Level 2

Totally agree with this request!

I can't believe Dropbox has been ignoring this for so long when the selective sync feature is already there... We just need a different way to tell it what to ignore, something similar to .gitignore or, even better, just be able to tell it to use the existing .gitignore files!

In my opinion, part of the problem is that no other storage providers like Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive are doing that either, at least not that I know. Otherwise, we might see some progress as Dropbox would probably want to catch up with what others are offering to avoid losing users...

ashutoshw3 Level 2
Level 2

I use Dropbox for syncing my development project files but every time all the libraries are uploaded to Dropbox which increases the size of the project by a huge margin. 

It would be very helpful if there is a file like .gitignore implementation for Dropbox sync which will ignore files to be uploaded.

Please implement this feature in the upcoming version, it would be a great help for all of them in the developer community. 

Dropbox has already implemented selective sync in the desktop client so this might not be a very difficult task for Dropbox.

 

bookplay
Level 5

Hello!

For sure that Iam not the only that need this Simple option.

We just need a option to add a folder to a ignored list.

Because we need to upload a MAIN folder, but for example, inside this folder we have a folder that dont need to get uploaded.

Thanks!

AdsonCicilioti Level 2
Level 2

Personally, simple use MegaSync.
The Desktop App is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
And Yes. You can define recursive exclusions just like in .gitignore.
Another feature that was decisive in my choice is the ability to watch one or more directories that are outside the main sync folder.
Example: Documents, Music, etc ... Individually, without moving them to the main sync directory.

If Dropbox implements at least these 2 features I'll be using it again.

AdsonCicilioti Level 2
Level 2

Hi @ashutoshw3. I simple use MegaSync.
The Desktop App is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
And Yes. You can define recursive exclusions just like in .gitignore.
Another feature that was decisive in my choice is the ability to watch one or more directories that are outside the main sync folder.
Example: Documents, Music, etc ... Individually, without moving them to the main sync directory.

If Dropbox implements at least these 2 features I'll be using it again.

iamwwc
Level 3

I'm a NodeJs developer, I always sync my project with Dropbox.

But Nodejs have a folder called node_modules. It have so many files.

I don't want sync that folder

I have Googled. There are many same feature requests about this problem.

https://www.google.com/search?q=dropbox+don%27t+sync+node_modules

Also, there are many posts in dropbox forum.

https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Dropbox/Ignore-folder-without-selective-sync/idi-p/5926

I have send email to Dropbox support. They always doing "considering it and thanks for your feature request"

I'm tired.

We just want a function like ".gitignore" called ".dropboxignore", support regx.

Git with Github(Bitbucket) handle images or another file type not well.

Did dropbox web developers don't use dropbox to sync their codes?

Could Dropbox will solve our requests?