Easily Synchronize All Your Program’s Settings With Dropboxifier [Windows]

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synchronize dropboxAnyone who’s ever used such a service at least once knows how much convenience something like Dropbox can add to a user’s life. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it works practically everywhere on every device. Being able to synchronize your documents, music, photos, and more is a great use of Dropbox, but what would be even better is if we could synchronize our programs’ settings and associated data via Dropbox as well.

However, we can’t simply just drag and drop the folder with such data from its intended location to our Dropbox folder, so what can we do instead to synchronize Dropbox?  One solution is to use Dropboxifier.

About Dropboxifier

Dropboxifier is a tiny program that uses an idea that is more commonly known in the Unix and Linux world than in the Windows world – symbolic links. Symbolic links are similar to shortcuts, but they act like real files (or folders). This key difference is important because while Dropbox doesn’t follow the path of conventional shortcuts, it will be able to follow the path of symbolic links as it cannot tell the difference between real folders and symbolic links.

Dropbox will go into those folders and see the stuff you want it to synchronize, and it’ll do its job. The real location of that data is still, however, where your program’s files are. Genius, isn’t it?

Download & Installation

The program can be downloaded from this site here. It doesn’t require any installation process, so you’ll be ready to go by simply opening the program. Since all it does is set up symbolic links through a graphical interface that is easier to understand than the command line, the “no installation necessary” approach makes sense.

Setting It Up

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Dropboxifier’s interface is rather simple, and there’s really only three text fields you need to worry about.

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At the very top you’ll see a “Dropbox folder” location field where you can browse to your Dropbox folder (and hit Yes to the prompt that appears so Dropboxifier can keep track of what symbolic links it creates). The program will then use that path to create the symbolic links.

Over on the left, you’ll see a “Name” text field where you can give the link a name while will be the Dropbox folder’s name, and so it’s more easily identifiable within Dropboxifier and a “Source” input field where you can browse to the folder that contains the data you’d like to sync.

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Once you’ve done all that, hit Dropboxify and it’ll instantly setup the symbolic link. To receive the synchronized data on another computer, simply repeat the process. Remember to keep the source path the same, so don’t use the Dropbox folder on the other computer as your source.

Removing a Link

To remove a Dropboxified folder, simply choose it from the list and hit “Undropboxify Selected” and it’ll break the symbolic link between the two folders. You can also choose to leave the “Delete Dropboxed Folder” so the folder in your Dropbox that corresponded to the symbolic link is also removed.

Conclusion

Dropboxifier adds even more convenience to your synchronization experience with a simple trick that is easily enabled through its interface. Despite its name, the program will work with any synchronization service and not just Dropbox, so users of SkyDrive, Google Drive, Ubuntu One, and more can all enjoy what this little program has to bring. It is technically still in beta according to its developers, but it has worked flawlessly for my own use.

What’s your favorite Dropbox (or other service) trick? Do you use Dropbox for anything besides synchronization of documents and settings? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments (37)
  • jessemanalansan

    Never been a fan of DropBox but might need this when I get to college! :)

    • Danny Stieben

      I’m sure it’ll be helpful! Don’t forget that it works with any similar synchronization service, and not just Dropbox.

  • GodSponge

    I’ve been doing something like this for a while with Link Shell Extension. Right click on the file or folder and select “Pick Link Target” then got to the folder in dropbox and select “drop as…” and pick symlink or hardlink. This app just seems to make it a tiny bit faster. Link Shell Extension is almost as simple as copy and paste.

    • Danny Stieben

      Link Shell Extension? That sounds a lot like link because Gnome Shell has “shell extensions”.

    • Danny Stieben

      *Linux, not link

  • Sam

    Thanks for the article! I’m using this program now to keep my save game files backed up, as they are all over the place in appdata and other places.

  • Sameer N

    Dropbox is the only clooud storage that I actively use. Will try this app. Thanks.

  • Fik-of-Borg

    “Requires .NET 4.0 and Vista or higher.”

    Are we XP users screwed just because we like a decade-old OS? (a decade? wow!). Not after being shown this Symbolic links concept!
    I just found a shell extension (http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html ) anda a command line utility (http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/ln/ln.html) that do just that.
    And here is the command for linux: http://www.computerhope.com/unix/uln.htm.

    Now I only need to find a similar functionality for android.

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