File Director keeps all files in sync, regardless of age, type, or size. You may want to tailor what gets synced, saving network bandwidth and storage.

You can define exclusions for File Director Mac to exclude files and file types from being uploaded.

The exclusions use the same "language" as the exclusions for the File Director Windows client:

<Rule name> = <expression>

<expresssion> = [ext=<extension>]

[filePath=<regex String>]

[size>=<number in bytes>|<number + unit (B,kB,MB,GB,TB)>]

[<Rule name> AND <Rule name>]

[<Rule name> OR <Rule name>]

Rule syntax has been relaxed slightly:

  • Whitespace around the operators are now ignored.

  • Extensions can be specified with or without leading dot.

  • Sizes can be specified using units.

See Examples for clarity.

For more information on Windows exclusions, see Exclusions, electives and overrides in the File Director Windows Client help.

Default exclusions

Certain files and folders are excluded by default to save resources, for example:

Exclusion Description
.DS-Store Desktop Services Store files
.download Safari temp download files
.crdownload Chrome temp download files
.Spotlight-V100 Index data files for Spotlight searches
.fseventstd File System Events notifications
.DocumentRevisions-V100 Excel temp files
Icon Folder icons
.part* Partial downloads
.localized Localized file/folder names
.VolumeIcon.icns Volume icon
.TemporaryItems Folder for temp items
.Trashes Folder that stores deleted data
.Trash Trash folder
~$* Paths that start with "~$", for example Office temp files

Related topics

Disk access permissions