Sync only selected files


Recommended Posts



I was wondering if there was some way/workaround to allow desktop users (win 7 64, in my case) to sync only a selected subset of the files in a repository. I know the android version of the client allows this sort of behaviour so I'm a bit baffled that the desktop app doesn't seem to...


I've tried tweaking the .SyncIgnore file in the "client" machine, but to no avail - BTSync seems to ignore it altogether.


Just to make myself clear, say I've a BTSync repository that looks something like




|      |-File1

|      |-File2

|      |-File3



|      |-File4






I want to be able to configure my "client" machine to get only Folder3 and its contents, for example. Note that the subset of files I want will probably change over time, so that maybe tomorrow I'll also want to have BTSync fetch Folder2 and its content.


Thoughts, tricks, ideas, anyone?





PS: Not sure if it makes any difference, but I'm using a readonly key in my "client".

Link to comment
Share on other sites

The .SyncIgnore file in the folder to be synced needs to be identical on both machines -- see the "Do I have an option to ignore some files during sync?" section in the Unofficial FAQ (


Since there isn't a "SyncInclude" feature, there isn't an easy way to specify a subset of the subfolders to sync between the two machines, AFAICT. If the number of subfolders to sync is small compared to the total number of subfolders, it may be easier to sync each separately.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for the answer, I guess. I find that particular design decision a little off the mark, but this isn't really the place to have that discussion.


I still wonder why the behaviour is supported on mobile platforms but not on the desktop, but hey...I guess I'll see if there's some documentation or source code available and build my own version.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.