The FolderSync feature compares and syncs files and folders for you. FolderSync can be used to sync folders across the network, across didferent disks and/or different volumes.
To use FolderSync
- Choose Dual Pane view
- Select the two directories or locations you wish to compare and synchronize
- Select the menu Commands > FolderSync . The FolderSync window appears
When showing folders differences, Path Finder uses different colors to mark items which are different. You can see what these colors mean if you click Colors… button. In the sheet that appears, you can change default colors to your liking.
- Select the actions you wish to perform from the provided options, such as syncing packages as folders or comparing files
- Use the Compare drop-down menu to specify the direction in which the files should sync
Once you compared folders, you would probably like to do actual synchronisation. A couple of predefined operations are available: Compare, Update Left, Update Right, Update Both, Mirror to Left, Mirror to Right. In the picture below, you can see an example of Path Finder showing which operations are needed to perform Update Both synchronisation, as well as information how many items will be added, updated and deleted.
Once you are satisfied with the shown result, click Sync button to begin the syncing operation. After some processing, the FolderSync window will disappear and the syncing operation will start. It acts the same way as other file operations (copy, move, delete…) and you can monitor its progress in the file operation progress window or Progress toolbar item popup.