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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.
Tom

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I am looking for this feature too, Node Modules take too much space and its not needed, I am already searching for a better alternative.

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I am looking for this feature too! like .dropboxignore regex!

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Why won't Dropbox add a feature where you could automatically ignore files by name? I realize that this is a little bit of a niche feature, probably only needed by power users, but it would clearly be trivial to implement, and I've seen many users asking for this feature.

https://twitter.com/stormchild/status/453914697536794624
https://github.com/tkonolige/dbignore
http://superuser.com/questions/731583/can-i-specify-certain-files-for-dropbox-to-ignore
http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/35474/does-dropbox-or-any-other-similar-solution-ignore-f...
http://www.quora.com/Why-wont-Dropbox-add-option-to-exclude-files-by-filetype-extension
https://www.dropboxforum.com/hc/communities/public/questions/201289669-Ignore-folder-without-selecti...

You get the idea, several pages of Google results with people asking for a feature that would take probably less than a week for an engineer to implement.

Super User III

"Clearly trivial to implement"

One of my favourite lines on the forums....

You could of course always write it yourself via the API if its so trivial?

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+1 I guess I will consider switching to some open source solution ot btsync if this won't be solved, others have ignore files and work quite well

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"Unsync this folder" as a context menu add-on is a no-brainer.

Leaving an Alias behind, greye out, would be a perfect reminder that it's still there.