Sunday, August 4, 2013

FreeFileSync 5.19

While wondering about how to do my synchronizations between 2 folders in my windows machine without any headache and possibly automated, I came upon FreeFileSync. It is a freeware developed by the sourceforge user named "ZenJu". It is nothing new that I love freewares. But that fact doesn't reduce the fact that even when compared to any paid solution of similar kind, FreeFileSync is something you must respect and bound to prefer. With the simplistic interface and multiple options this freeware utility makes synchronization a lot easier. To automate it you just need to follow the instructions and set your windows task properly with the batch file provided by the app. The application can be run as portable too.

License: Freeware
Official Site:
Download: Download from Sourceforge

"FreeFileSync is a free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders. It is designed to optimize user productivity and runtime performance to help get your files in sync quickly and reliably."

Quick Start Guide:

1. Choose left and right directories.

FreeFileSync guide at .NeXT

2. Compare them.

FreeFileSync guide at .NeXT

3. Select synchronization settings.

FreeFileSync guide at .NeXT

4. Press Synchronize to begin synchronization.

FreeFileSync guide at .NeXT

New in latest version 5.19:
Version 5.19 redesigned progress dialog including new items graph, reduced progress dialog layout twitching, and supports external command lines starting with whitespace.

Common Features:
  • Detect moved and renamed files and folders
  • Copy locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service)
  • Detect conflicts and propagate deletions
  • Binary file comparison
  • Full support for 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 path names > 260 characters
  • Fail-safe file copy
  • Cross-platform: Windows/Linux
  • Expand environment variables like %USERPROFILE%
  • Access variable drive letters by volume name (USB sticks)
  • Native 64-bit support
  • Keep versions of deleted/updated files
  • Optimal sync sequence prevents disc space bottlenecks
  • Full Unicode support
  • Highly optimized performance
  • Include/exclude files via filter
  • FreeFileSync portable and local installation
  • 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 jobs running against the same network share

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