FreeFileSync Portable 5.12 (synchronize files and folders) Released

Submitted by prapper on February 5, 2013 - 8:31pm

logoFreeFileSync Portable 5.12 has been released. FreeFileSync helps you synchronize files and synchronize folders. It's packaged in Format so it can easily integrate with the Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.


ScreenshotFreeFileSync lets you both compare and synchronize files and folders. It supports copying of locked files (Volume Shadow Copy Service), symbolic link support, NTFS permissions syncing, long paths, multiple configurations and jobs, and lots more.

Learn more about FreeFileSync... Installer / Format

FreeFileSync Portable is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. It supports upgrades by installing right over an existing copy, preserving all settings. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


FreeFileSync Portable is available for immediate download from the FreeFileSync Portable homepage. Get it today!

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I had i terrible situation this morning.
I created all my Backup- and Syncjobs. FFS gave me it's "App" Folder as location. So i created a Jobs there.
Everything was fine but this morning, i installed the announced update.
BÄÄÄM there is no "Jobs" Folder anymore.
I'm glad i always run my Backup, even of my Backupsoftware.
I just restored my Jobs.
However i propose, you set another Location as default location, that will not be purged on upgrade.

Bennieboj's picture

Normally the app backups all *.ffs_gui and *.ffs_batch files from the \App\FreeFileSync folder. So you should place them in directly(no jobs folder or whatever), then they'll get backupped to \Data\ffs\somefolder...

Seriously, not everyone is going to look at the launcher.ini file to know where to place the files, put this is the readme, or at the app page or something...

Yes, I set the working directory!

John T. Haller's picture

Sorry to hear about that. Apps folders of all apps are wiped out on every upgrade. Storing things there is the equivalent of saving something to Program Files on a local PC. The files will be lost if you do this. Some apps, for some odd reason, will only default to their current path for the open/save dialog. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do about that.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Bennieboj's picture

If he would have know that he should have put the files directly into the folder (hence, not a Jobs subfolder) nothing would have gone wrong.

Maybe all apps who allow "user file saving" could mention specific rules to follow in the help.html or the app page?

Yes, I set the working directory!

John T. Haller's picture

All apps are the same and should not have files saved to the Apps folder. There are really no other guidelines. Moving the jobs files back and forth was done in the launcher.ini as a simple courtesy for people who accidentally saved the jobs files in Apps\FreeFileSync. We could note that on the app homepage, but it likely would have not helped in this situation. We've learned from experience that no one reads the notes until they have a problem (and often not then either).

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!