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App Specs
File size:
10.43 MB
January 11, 2011
January 9, 2013

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Keep a copy of your project mirrored on an external drive or a file server. FolderWatch syncs your project while you work, making sure your copy stays up-to-date at all times. Simply have FolderWatch monitor a folder on your computer and then add, edit or delete files anywhere inside that folder. FolderWatch pushes those changes in real-time to the destination of your choosing.

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  • File changes by FolderWatch are irreversible.
  • FolderWatch is intended to make one-way backups only. (Use a product like iCloud or Dropbox if you wish to sync across multiple computers.)
  • Rsync is an open-source sync engine that powers FolderWatch. We cannot provide customer support for Rsync.
  • FolderWatch will not create a bootable backup drive as it cannot access the protected parts of your OS. (Use a product like TimeMachine for backing up your entire computer.)
  • FolderWatch will not connect to servers. You must manually mount server volumes before it can access them.
  • You will experience mixed or poor results under the following conditions: 1.) The size or number of files you have is large. 2.) The connection speed to your destination is slow. 3.) The filesystem of your drive is not HFS-Plus. 4.) The network protocol used to access file servers is not AFP.


    Beautiful, Easy to Use
  • Full Retina-display support.
  • Harness the power of Rsync with a simple, drag & drop interface.
  • Built-in visual user guide with integrated FAQ.
  • Run FolderWatch in the background with the Menu Bar Helper.

    Intelligent Sync
  • FolderWatch only copies files that have changed, saving you time and bandwidth.
  • Let FolderWatch monitor and sync changes as they occur, or do it yourself on-demand.
  • Ships with the newest version of Rsync*

    Preserve Additional Layers of the Filesystem
  • Mac OS meta data - icon previews, iPhoto packages, label colors, etc.
  • Modification timestamps.
  • Unix symbolic links can be copied or followed*

    Get Notified
  • A spinning indicator means FolderWatch is scanning for changes.
  • A circular pie progress bar shows how many files FolderWatch has copied.
  • See the number of files and data transferred when a sync completes.
  • Growl notifications with optional sounds.

    Comprehensive, Real-Time Logging
  • All file changes performed by FolderWatch appear in the log as they happen.
  • FolderWatch displays the differences it found when comparing your files.
  • See the inner-workings of the app and how it queues synchronization tasks.
  • See exactly which file paths FolderWatch is watching.

    Works with the Finder
  • Use FolderWatch to easily show or hide hidden files in the Finder*
  • Manually refresh the file listing of a window if the Finder remains outdated*
  • From FolderWatch, quickly jump to your source or destination folder in the Finder.

    Advanced Options
  • Option to overwrite files that have newer modification times.
  • Option to delete extra files in destination which are not in the source.
  • Compare files by file size, modification time or checksum.
  • Bandwidth-limiter.
  • Exclude certain file types, directories or individual files.

    Tool for Rsync Experts
  • Use the Sync Queue log to see how Rsync is being executed via the Terminal.
  • You can copy the Terminal commands FolderWatch used to the clipboard.
  • Enable log warnings to troubleshoot Rsync problems in the Recent Events log.

  • To comply with Apple's sandboxing requirement in the future, these features are subject to change.

  • What's New
    Version 2.0.5 - 7/19/2012
  • Fixed bugs with the Menu Bar Helper that were introduced in the previous release.
  • Reduced file size of the app.

    Version 2.0.4 - 6/7/2012
  • Retina graphics.
  • New feature: Sidebar folders.
  • Compatibility with Growl 1.3.
  • Updated Rsync to 3.0.9.
  • Menu Bar Helper now displays warnings.
  • Users are notified about the Menu Bar Helper feature on first use.
  • Reworded/rearranged user interface elements to be more clear.
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements.

    Version 2.0.3 - 8/8/2011
  • Added support for OS X Lion.
  • New feature: Ability to limit bandwidth per folder pair.
  • New feature: Delay the time before automatic watching starts.
  • New feature: Play sounds when syncs complete.
  • Excluded extension are no longer case-sensitive.
  • Bug fixes.

    Version 2.0.2 - 6/28/2011
  • Fixed an issue for users on 32-bit Macs.
  • Fixed an issue where excluding hidden files wasn't always working.
  • The guide can now be used to search the support site.
  • Log warnings now controllable in preferences

  • FolderWatch (com.brothersroloff.folderwatch) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of

    Operating System: Mac

    Default Install Path: /Applications/

    Minimum OS version: 10.6

    Copyright: (c) 2010-2011 Brothers Roloff, LLC. All rights reserved.