Introduction

FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.

Instead of copying every file every time, FreeFileSync determines the differences between a source and a target folder and transfers only the minimum amount of data needed. FreeFileSync is open source software, available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Download and Install FreeFileSync

Visit the below link to download the software

https://freefilesync.org/download.php

Download for Windows

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

After downloading the software run the setup file.

setup file

Accept the license agreement and click “Next

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

Select installation location and click “Next

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

Select Components, click “Next

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

Click “Next”

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

Installation is completed. Click “Finish.”

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

How to use FreeFileSync

Open FreeFileSync

freefilesync

FreeFileSync Interface.

How to Install and Use FreeFileSync on Windows 10

Two-way Synchronization

If both folders contain your work files and you want changes (creates, updates, and deletes) to flow in both directions, then select Two way.

Choose the source and destination location for Two-way Synchronization.

two-way sync

Click “Compare” to compare files and folders at the source and destination locations, then click “Synchronize” for two-way sync.

compare and sync

Click “Start” to start synchronization.

sync start

Synchronization has been completed.

sync completed

Click on the “Log” tab to view the logs.

sync logs

Two-way sync source and destination folders both contain identical data.

identical data

For demonstration purposes, we will delete the inventory file and weekly folder from the destination location USB Flash Drive.

demo

Resync again, click “Compare” it will point out that the inventory file and Weekly Report folder missing in the destination location, click “Synchronize“.

The inventory file and the weekly report folder have been deleted, this is called two-way synchronization.

file deleted

Mirror Synchronization

If only one folder contains your work files and the other is for backup, then select the Mirror variant. The left folder will be the source and the right folder the target of the synchronization.

Click “Compare” then click ” Synchronize“, Purchase and Sales files created at the source will be copied to the destination location.

mirror sync

After the process is completed, the purchase and sales files are copied to the destination location.

For demonstration purposes, we will create an information file at the destination location and try to compare and sync it with the source location.

Click “Compare” to see the information file created at destination location but it did not sync with the source location.

Select “Synchronize“.

Then click “Start“.

The information file is deleted from the destination location; this is how the mirror sync works.

You can also check our post how to install VirtualBox on Windows 10

https://easytechhub.com/how-to-install-virtualbox-on-windows-10/

Conclusion

FreeFileSync is the best open-source file comparison and synchronization software that is available for free for personal and commercial use. The software is very simple to use. Follow the steps mentioned in this post and you won’t face any problems.

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By Feroz Khan

Feroz Khan works as a system administrator with more than 12 years of experience in information technology. He would like to share the knowledge with others that he has gained during his working experience.

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