Excluding files or directories

Excluding files or directories is done per folder and allows the user to prevent certain files or directories to be synced to other clients. This operation also affects the sync percentage, so excluded files are not counted there.

Excluding files or directories editing the exclusion list

To exclude files or directories from the sync of a certain folder:
  1. Enable the Expert Mode.
  2. Click on the folder in question in the main window.
  3. In the right pane which opens up, please click on the Settings tab.
  4. To add an exclusion click on the plus symbol below the exclusion list.
  5. Enter the file or directory to exclude. A list of examples can be found below in this article.
    (Info) The exclusions patterns on the exclusion list is case-insensitive, means the client doesn’t care if an exclusion contains upper- or lower-case characters.
  6. Click on OK.
  7. (Haken) Done. The file/directory is now excluded from the synchronization.Unbenannt


Excluding files and directories on Windows-based operating systems
Windows uses the ‘\’ (backslash) character to separate paths. Our client internally converts them into cross-platform-compatible ‘/’ (slash) characters. It will correctly exclude files and path that contain backslashes and/or normal slashes. However the exclusion list in the user interface will always display a ‘/’, even on Windows systems.


Examples for exclusion patterns

Exclude the file nosync.txt:


Exclude all files starting with nosync:


Exclude all files starting with nosync:


Exclude all files containing the word nosync:


Exclude all files with a .png extension in ALL sub-directories:


Exclude all files with a .png extension in the folder’s root directory only:


Exclude all files in the sub-directory nosync:


Exclude all files in ANY sub-directory called nosync:



Excluding files or directories using the internal file browser

To exclude a file or directory using the context menu in the internal file browser:

  1. Click on the folder where the file/directory you want to exclude resides in.
  2. In the right pane, the file browser, browse to the directory where the file/directory to exclude resides in.
  3. Right-click the file and click on Exclude.
  4. (Haken) Done. The file/directory is now excluded from the synchronization.

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