FreeFileSync is an Open-Source and cross-platform tool to compare and sync files and folders. It’s a very useful tool as you can compare two folders at different locations with FreeFileSync. You can update two folders and updation will copy all the new files from one folder (source folder) to another (target folder). It is helpful in taking backup of your important folders at a different location in different folders, such as in USB, Network, or internally. The way I use FreeFileSync is that I take backup of my ‘Downloads’ folder to the folder in my cloud storage. This way I don’t have to manually compare both the folders to find and copy new files. I just select ‘Downloads’ (source folder) and ‘Downloads backup’ (target folder), select update rules and hit Synchronize to sync all newly downloaded files to my cloud storage.
You can also mirror two folders very quickly. Mirroring two folders matches the source folder with the target folder.
Beside update and mirror rules, you can also set your own rules to synchronize folders.
- Synchronize network shares and local disks
- Synchronize MTP devices (Android, iPhone, tablet, digital camera)
- Synchronize via SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
- Detect moved and renamed files and folders
- Show disk space usage with directory trees
- Copy locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
- Detect conflicts and propagate deletions
- Compare files by content
- Configure handling of Symbolic Links
- Automate sync as a batch job
- Process multiple folder pairs
- Comprehensive and detailed error reporting
- Copy NTFS extended attributes (compressed, encrypted, sparse)
- Copy NTFS security permissions
- Support long file paths with more than 260 characters
- Fail-safe file copy prevents data corruption
- Cross-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
- Expand environment variables like %UserProfile%
- Access variable drive letters by volume name (USB sticks)
- Native 64-bit support
- Manage versions of deleted/updated files
- Prevent disc space bottlenecks via optimal sync sequence
- Full Unicode support
- Highly optimized run time performance
- Include and exclude files via filter
- FreeFileSync portable and local installation available
- Handle daylight saving time changes on FAT/FAT32
- Use macros %time%, %date%, et al. for recurring backups
- Case-sensitive synchronization
- Built-in locking serializes multiple users synchronizing the same network folder
- … download and use for free!
How To Use FreeFileSync
- First of all, select the source folder in the left side and target folder on the right side.
- Now click the settings icon from top right and set sync rules. You can set your own rules by selecting ‘Custom’. Click ‘OK’ to save sync rules.
- When you’ve selected rules, click ‘Synchronize’ to sync folders. To confirm sync click ‘start’. Now sync will start.
- Done! Sync has been completed and finally you’ve log of your sync.
How To Install FreeFileSync
You can easily install FreeFileSync by adding ppa to your Linux system. Type the below commands to add ppa and install FreeFileSync.Install FreeFileSync 7.8 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint
unfortunately 7.8 is not compatible with Ubuntu 15.04. Don’t worry you can use FreeFileSync 7.5 version and it works fine on Ubuntu 15.04.