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Ignore folder (without selective sync)

Helpful | 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.

Antoni A. New member | Level 2
New member | Level 2

It will be so useful if I could exclude certain files from syncing based on a file mask. Examples:

Christopher N.1 New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

Hi there,

Thanks very much for your feedback. At present, there are only a few file types that don't sync to your Dropbox account. See this Help Centre article for more information:

If there are other files you don't want to sync to your Dropbox, I'd just recommend storing them outside your Dropbox folder.

Hope this helps!

Kaue G. New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

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.

Helpful | Level 5

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

Mark Cerqueira New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

I have my iTunes folder in my Dropbox. It makes no sense to sync iTunes Library.xml since that isn't used by iTunes (it only uses iTunes Library.itl). But I am unable to configure Dropbox to simply ignore iTunes Library.xml.

Mark Cerqueira New member | Level 1
New member | Level 1

You can "hack" file ignore by tricking Dropbox by first setting up a folder with the same name as the file you want to ignore. Check out the instructions here:

It'd still be nice to have this natively built in though.

sam a. New member | Level 1
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Douglas M. New member | Level 1
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sam m. New member | Level 1
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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.

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.