Compare pairs of folders and display differences using colour coding. After comparing, choose to automatically sync the folders or manually manipulate the files (copy, move, rename or delete) directly within the Folder Sync window.
Built in scheduling abilities which can run multiple Presets concurrently with no user intervention. Schedule Presets to repeat at a regular interval or to sync at specific days/times.
Ideal for keeping multiple pairs of folders in sync, quickly and easily. Great for backups and for merging and managing content on external USB hard drives, Network Attached Storage, camera memory cards or any other drives from your network which are available through Finder.
- Modern interface
- Simple yet powerful
- Great for beginners and advanced users
- Sync Queue allows multiple Presets to run in parallel with no user intervention
- Schedule Presets to automatically Sync using the Sync Queue
- Excellent preview and feedback at every stage
- Realtime feedback in window as files are read from disk
- Powerful filtering capabilities
- Superb custom selection abilities
- Extensive logging system
- Designate folders as "Read Only Mode" within the app
- App will use the Recycle Bin where available
- Ability to delay read of sub folders from disk, a HUGE time saver
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- Added Sync Both Ways functionality
- User can now customise all options for built-in Sync Types (Mirror, Update, Sync Both Ways)
- Context Sensitive Sync (Using sync from outline context menus now syncs only the selected folder and its descendants)
# New in Version 2.3
- Sync Queue functionality added (queue Presets for automatic syncing, run multiple presets in parallel with no user intervention)
- Scheduling functionality added (simple repeat every X mins/hours/days or Advanced to set multiple specific days/times per preset)
- 14 day Free Trial no longer adds any delays allowing full functionality to be evaluated
- 14 day Free Trial reset so users who previously tested on versions 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 are able to test again, this time without delays being added
# New in Version 2.2
- Mojave support improved (including dark mode)
- Toolbar added
- User configurable colours added
- Tab functionality improved
Ratings and Reviews
I did 3 tests using this app, mostly sync'ing photo libraries. Admittedly there are in excess of 100,000 files in each of the libraries, but when "Folder Sync 2" had completed and confirmed all was OK there was between 800 and almost 2000 files missing from the target locations. I verified this using "find . -type f -print | wc -l" in the source and destination locations. I then used "rsync -a <source> <destination>" which identified the differences and resolved them. I also found FreeFileSync was able to do this as well. Using the "find" command again now confirmed the source and target matched.
It seems there is a fundamental issue in the logic of "Folder Sync 2" as it seems unable to achieve its principle objective! It also seems painfully slow compared to rsync.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for taking the time to review TinyB0b! Please do consider getting in touch with us via email@example.com as we'd be very keen to learn more about your experience. We've only ever had two reports of mismatched sides after syncing, one turned out to be user error (user had compared two folders but did not actually sync them) and the other was traced to the users third party NTFS file system driver which did not correctly resolve file names containing special characters. There is no denying that rsync is a superb tool for those happy operating in the terminal but we note that you chose to compare the speed of Folder Sync with rsync and not the other GUI based app you referenced. A command line based tool with low overheads is always going to outperform an app with a feature rich GUI, especially a mature command line utility like rsync. In a more representative benchmark, when comparing two folders we found that Folder Sync 2 consistently outperformed the other GUI based app you mention.
Trial version is crippled and messed up my folders
Downloaded with best of intentions to evaluate fully and write an honest review (I felt the 2* reviews it had received were unfair), however on installing it and comparing two (not huge) network folders full of photos to “evaluate” how well it works.
Compare seemed to work well, however you cannot sync without going through the itunes “purchase” of a trial, having done that, i hit sync (on a handful of folders it marked as inconsistant) and the software estimated a reasonable 1.5 hours to sync (10gb)
HOWEVER. After you hit sync, the software adds an ever increasing delay (starts at 2 seconds) between file transfers, which means my 1.5 hours has now become 8 hours, if I cancel, i’ll end up with partially copied folders, or I’ll have to wait 8 hours for the sync to complete and hope the network holds out.
I’m sure the software works well, but not being able to evaluate properly when deleting, copying and moving potential critical (or priceless) files should be a warning sign for everyone.
Sadly nothing like version 1 It dose allow any kind of scheduling and there are no clear instructions on how to use it. No bothway sync which is a very usful setting in verson 1.
Developer Response ,
The Sync Queue and Preset Scheduling are now available in version 2.3.0. Please do get in touch with support though, I'd be really interested to know which parts you thought were missing clear instructions to see if we can improve on that.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.