Apr 18, 2017 Make Dropbox Sync Any Folder On Your PC Using Symbolic Links. GRRR. Last week we showed you a REALLY groovy trick using Dropbox with Microsoft Office to backup your temporary Office documents. Part of the trick involved setting up a Symlink which will sync files and folders with Dropbox, even though their not located under the Dropbox parent folder. symbolic link windows dropbox OS: Windows 10 I created a symbolic link inside my Dropbox folder for a folder stored elsewhere: I looked into Dropbox and saw that the linked folder and all subfolders are there. However, when I add a new folder into E: \testLink, it does NOT appear in the Dropbox UI, despite being accessible from the link in the Dropbox folder.
So in the example @Falk gives above, if he edited that file from a remote computer, when it synced back the link would be broken, and Dropbox would contain a new file called testfile (Falks conflicted copy). The only link which works is a soft link where the original file is the one in the dropbox folder. symbolic link windows dropbox
How can the answer be improved? Links are great in Dropbox when it points to something outside your dropbox folder. This way the outside files will be copied to the cloud but wont be copied in your computer. UPDATE: On the matter of relative symbolic links, I guess Dropbox can't sync as it is because your dropbox directory structure may be different from your colleagues. Mar 15, 2017 Linkmaker for Windows: create shortcuts and symbolic links by Martin Brinkmann on March 15, 2017 in Software Last Update: March 15, 2017 8 comments Linkmaker is a free program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to create shortcut, symbolic links and NTFS hard links symbolic link windows dropbox To create a symbolic link, open Terminal, and cd into your Dropbox folder. Then run a command like this. This command would add a symbolic link for a folder called Test that is in your Documents folder: ln s DocumentsTest Using symbolic links allows you to add items to your Dropbox folder yet leave them in their correct location. In order to sync files and folders that live outside the My Dropbox folder, you need to create a symbolic link between the My Dropbox folder and the folder on your drive that you want to sync. ln s pathtoExternalFolder Dropbox. To synchronize an individual file, specify the path to that file instead of the path to a folder. If this method doesnt work, first move the external folder to inside your cloud storage folder, and then create a symbolic link in reverse like you would on Windows. Oct 06, 2017 Symbolic links can save you a lot of time, and the Windows 10 commandline tool MKLink makes it easy to create them. Here are several examples of how you can put symbolic links