Are you looking for a freeware tool to synchronize folders? SyncBack is free and a great application to synchronize folders. Besides that it can also create backups of your data. But you are reading this because you want to synchronize folders, right? So go ahead and download SyncBack here and you’ll have a working folder synchronization tool within a minute.

Synchronize Folders - syncback

When you start the application for the first time you are asked if you want to create a profile. Without a profile you can’t do anything, so you should create one. In the next dialog window you have to choose between a backup and a synchronization profile. No matter how you decide, you will have to make additional specifications. This time the options are manifold:

To synchronize two folders you have to define a source and a destination folder and choose how the synchronization tool handles subdirectories. You should also check the advanced and copy/delete tab to ensure the settings are in line with what you plan to do. If you just want to synchronize two folders you are finished now. SyncBack offers a lot more features, though: To view all of them you have to switch to expert mode. You can do that by clicking the “Expert” button on the bottom of the window. Now a few more Tabs will appear in the window, namely “Compression,” “FTP,” “Network,” “Background,” “Auto-close,” “Programs,” “Misc.” and “Compare Actions.” I don’t want to explain those any further, because you just want to synchronize folders, right?

Click on “Ok” and you’ll be asked if you want to make a dry run of the profile. This dry run doesn’t alter anything on the hard disk, it just displays what the tool would do. If you decide to run the synchronization job, the job window pops up:

Synchronize Folders - syncback popup

Here you can start, modify or delete the current job or create a new profile. Besides that you can create a schedule or restore backups. Another purpose of this window is to provide an overview over all your profiles and their status.

There are also non-free versions of SyncBack: SyncBackSE and SyncBackPro. SyncBackSE extends the folder synchronization tool SyncBack with many useful features. SyncBackPro adds additional features on top of SyncBackSE. You can find a complete comparison of the different versions here. If you just need to synchronize folders SyncBack is probably enough for you, but as soon as the job gets very complex you might have to update to a commercial version. But compared to other folder synchronization tools the freeware version of SyncBack offers more possibilities than many other commercial software packages. And if you decide to buy SyncBackSE or SyncBackPro you’ll already know that you get excellent value for your money.

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