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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

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.

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Citrix has this program called, Sharefile, and I recall being able to create an ignore list.

"There is a configuration file called "SyncEngine.exe.config" that can be edited to exclude files by name and/or extension. For example, excluding all .exe files from syncing."

Maybe....Dropbox can't touch the tech because there is a patent out for this type of exclusion.

...but then I see that other services like iDrive has it as well.

'To access pattern based exclusion, right click the 'IDrive Tray' (which is running in your system tray) and select 'Preferences' menu item. In the 'Preferences' screen, select the 'Exclude' tab. Under the 'Exclude' tab, insert required patterns that you wish to exclude in the 'Files / folders with partial names' list view.

For Instance: To exclude all ".log" files from backup, insert ".log" in the 'Files / folders with partial names' list view (right click on list view and select 'Insert partial file name' option).'

If you use a service like odrive, you could use it to sync with google drive, amazon cloud, dropbox, onedrive, box, s3, and it ignores a bunch of system files that we would like to ignore.

odrive will ignore certain files. They are typically system files and temporary files that are not intended to be synced to the cloud. 

These types of files will show on your desktop client but will not sync to the cloud. They will not have any badging. There is no list that is generated with them on it. They are literally ignored. 

This is the current "ignore" list. 

File names 
System Volume Information



I remember trying odrive for another reason, to treat your cloud storage like a network drive, but I didn't stick with it for some reason. After dealling with a bunch of node-modules I think I am going to give it a whirl again.


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Well, I see there is nothing happening there ... I really don't get wtf they are doing. On CLI systems it has been proven it was not impossible to implement this.


If you wanna RT ;



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+ 10000000
need this to avoid sync node modules

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+1 for .dropboxignore


I am currently using Dropbox for sharing Java (maven) projects, and problem is that I need to turn off syncronization on computer I am working on, and on end of workday, I need to clear all un-needed files and then reenable the sync, so that my source files can be synced. If I forget to enable sync again, I don't have files sync, or if I forget to turn in off on begining of the day, then a lot of files (that I don't need synced) get uploaded on dropbox account (and then deleted when I see I made a mistake).... PLEASE add this feature....

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+1 .dropboxignore is a good idea

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I dont want to leave dropbox. Really like it. But as the amount of "thrash" grows, dropbox is getting very slow. We need a way to keep generic and redownload-able stuff like ./node_modules out of dropbox.

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 This is even more necessary with shared folders. Anytime any shared folder I have gets a new project (Java/Rails/Node) my computer is nearly unusable for a period of time with Dropbox indexing tens of thousands of files and short of going into the settings on each of my computers and unchecking selective sync for node_modules and related folders, there's nothing I can do. So frustrating.