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Introduction and features


FreeFileSync is a free Open Source software that helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders for Windows, Linux and macOS. It is designed to save your time setting up and running backup jobs while having nice visual feedback along the way.

FreeFileSync supports the following OS:

FreeFileSync runs natively on all 32 and 64-bit Windows versions.
FreeFileSync runs on all recent 64-bit editions of macOS.
FreeFileSync is supported on all major Linux distributions

Main features

  • Synchronize network shares and local disks
  • Synchronize MTP devices (Android, iPhone, tablet, digital camera)
  • Synchronize via SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol), only
  • 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
  • Copy NTFS Alternate Data Streams
  • Support long file paths with more than 260 characters
  • Fail-safe file copy prevents data corruption
  • Cross-platform: Runs on Windows, Linux, macOS
  • 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!



For previous version of FreeFileSync : http://www.freefilesync.org/archive.php

Install and download

For Window : Simply download the installer and install it as an usual application
For Mac : Download the FreeFileSync.app and move it to Application folder
For Ubuntu : Coming soon

Posted by Pierre Amey at 13:54

FreeFileSync is quite easy to configure

Some tips to configure the comparaison, filter and synchronization

How can I manage the comparaison settings?

How can I exclude item?

How can I synchronize?

How can I run as service on Windows?

How can I schedule a batch job ? (a. Windows, b. MAC, c. Windows XP, d. Ubuntu )


Posted by Pierre Amey at 13:26