How to sync local folder with Amazon S3 bucket with CloudBerry S3 Explorer

As always we are adding features that our customers are requesting. This time we decided to add an ability to synchronize the content of your local folder with Amazon S3 bucket. In other words now you can configure make sure the files on your local computer are identical to those in your Amazon S3 storage account. This might be helpful when you want to upload the recent copies of your local files to S3.

How to configure synchronization

First of all we have a new item in the program menu that will help you find the new feature easily.
Click Add Sync Folder to open a configuration dialog. In the opened dialog just enter display name, which is anything you want and will help reference the synchronization later. Choose the source and the target and select the path. Note that your currently selected folders on the left and on the right panel are taken automatically. The source can be a local computer or S3. Currently you can’t sync between S3 accounts but this is something we will add later.
If you are not happy with the selection just click the “…” button to browse the folder. You can browse local folders
… and your Amazon S3 storage account

How to synchronize the folder

To sync the folders just go to the same program menu, choose the folder you want to sync and one of the options available as shown on the screen. As you can see you can:
  • Sync Left to Right
  • Sync Right to Left
  • Sync both ways
The panel at the bottom of the screen will show you the synchronization progress.

Looking ahead

You can automate sync using our PowerShell command line interface. You can learn more about it in our blog post. As always we are looking for your feedback and we are eager to improve the feature to make it work better for you!
If you need a reliable sync you should look at our CloudBerry Backup for Amazon S3 that is designed exactly for that. Also you might like CloudBerry Enterprise Backup for Amazon S3.

Conclusion

The ability to sync the content of Amazon S3 bucket with the local folder is a huge productivity boost. No longer do you have to look for modified files and manually select them. CloudBerry Explorer will make it automatically on your behalf!
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Note: this post applies to CloudBerry Explorer 1.6.3 and later.
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16179048832785429101 Checkmark

    Please add the ability to ignore “date modified”. This will allow for synching folders based on file names only. This will be helpful since my “date modified” is always different from my local machine after I change headers on the uploaded files.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    Thanks for your feedback! We will consider it for the next release.

    Andy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    Hi Checkmark,

    The latest release of CloudBerry Explorer added the ability to ignore date modified. Please see our Monday blog post or just go ahead and download the new version. Thank you for suggesting it!

    Regards
    Andy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06215092576836409620 Mike

    Hi Andy, is this not similar to doing a backup if you’re syncing files between two locations?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    Hi Mike,

    no, it is not similar to doing backup. Backup is fully automated process with a lot of configuration options to make it flexible. Sync feature in the Explorer is something you have run manually.

    thanks
    Andy

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13657588480511841095 Shane

    I was looking for a backup that would ignore data stamps, thanks for the help!

  • Anonymous

    The scheduling option is highly valuable and needed. Do you have an ETA for this feature?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    Hi,

    Thank you for your comment. You can use our PowerShell command line interface to automate sync. You can learn more about this in our blog post here

    However if you need sync I suggest that you check out our CloudBerry Backup

    We don’t have any other plans to automate sync in CloudBerry Explorer as it is more of a management rather than backup/ sync tool.

    Regards
    Andy

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Andy.

    I’ll be more looking into a similar functionality of rsync, where dropping objects (files/folders) into a watch folder this will by automatically sync rather than scheduled task.

    I think this is much valuable

    Roman

  • http://www.helpgurus.com/ computer tech support

    Thanks for this very informative details. I am having a hard time configuring IIS7 for web synchronization. Do you know how to configure it?

  • http://infologicitsystems.com/ monica

    Just a bit of clarification since I’m new to cloudberry. I want to know if I can connect my remote linux server to my Amazon S3 account directly?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    Sorry, Monica, CloudBerry solutions are Windows only. there is plenty of tools for linux, Check out for instance FUSE-based file system backed by Amazon S3

  • http://legalbirthcertificates.com/ Twila

    “Anonymous said…

    Thanks Andy.

    I’ll be more looking into a similar functionality of rsync, where dropping objects (files/folders) into a watch folder this will by automatically sync rather than scheduled task.

    I think this is much valuable

    Roman”

    I also want to know about this

  • http://official-online-ssn-card.org/ver_b/ Korzon

    Once you get used to the manual Sync things get much easier

  • Anonymous

    Hi Andy,
    When do you think you’ll have the automated sync schedule feature available? I’d love to have this sync between S3 and somewhere else.

    I’ve checked your powershell sync script, it’s from 2009. Does that version still work? Thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    We are not going to have an automated sync in Explorer. We have a special product for automated sync CloudBerry Backup

  • Anonymous

    Andy,
    Can cloud server backup run the opposite direction? I’d like to get my data OUT of S3 on a nightly basis for DR, just in case if anything happpens. Any suggestion? I spoke to Amazon support about this but they don’t have a way. They tell me that it’s reliable but still, I have to plan for the worst. Thanks.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16288776213556827245 andy

    The only way would be to configure CloudBerry Explorer to run a scheduled job using PowerShell interface and Windows Task Scheduler. Check out here for how you can do that.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been playing around with your powershell http://blog.cloudberrylab.com/2009/11/how-to-sync-local-folders-with-amazon.html for the past few hours. Thanks. I got it to download the root contents but can’t get it to download subfolders and files. Do you have instruction for *.*? I’d like to synch everything in this folder. Thanks Andy.

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    This is really a very good explanation. Even a starter can understand what to do? and how to do?

    Very well presented.

  • Anonymous

    Hi,
    if files have been deleted, will the syncing process delete them also in the destination location