• You can ignore both new and old files. Files that have been previously synced will be unsynced if it matches a rule.

  • The Ignore Rule works for specific file types, folder names and relative paths. 

  • Entries are case-sensitive. 

  • One line in the Ignore Rule is one entry.

  • The Ignore Rules supports full gitignore syntax.

  • Ignoring symlinks is currently not supported.

  • There are certain file types that get ignored by default. Check them out here.

Accessing Ignore Rules on the UI

1. Click Account Settings and select Ignore Rules

2. Click on the white text box, type in the rule, and click Apply to confirm. 

Ignore rules behavior

  1. A previously synced file that matches a rule will be unsynced. 

  2. A file will not be synced if it meets an ignore rule. This will be shown on the Feed tab.


Ignore by name

  • To ignore a file and folder by name, enter [file/folder name]. Note that the file and folder must have the same exact name (ie Images will ignore all files and folders with Images).

Ignore paths

  • To ignore paths, enter its relative path* to the Base Folders or its custom sync location (more details explained at the end of this article).

  • You can access the file path from your UI's My Drive or Files tab by clicking Open Location. Right-click the file or folder and view Properties.

  • The Ignore Rule syntax supports forward slashes (/) as path separators, so the rule to add is Submissions/Google Photos/2013).

Ignore file types

  • To ignore specific file types, enter *.[file type] as shown below.

  • Note that file extensions are also case-sensitive. 

Ignore files prefixed with a special character

  • To ignore specific files starting with a special character, prefix it with a backslash (\) . These include #, *, [, ], !, and ?.

Sync certain files in an already ignored folder:

  • Place a /* at the end of the folder’s path to indicate ignoring the entire folder first

  • Place a ! at the start of the folder’s path for files that you want to be synced - this negates the first ignore rule for those certain files. As shown below, the non-ignored file.txt will be synced due to the ! prefix, while the rest of the ignored folder will not be synced.

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*Relative paths explained:

"Relative path" means basically just the part of the full path AFTER the Base Folder path:

The Ignore Rule to add in this case would be just Submissions/Google Photos/2013  and NOT C:/Users/Alex/Insync/ Photos/2013.

If you synced a file/folder to a custom location, the top-level folder becomes its Base Folder. 

  • C:\Users\Alex\Desktop\Documents\Submissions\Google Photos\2013 (full path to be ignored)

  • C:\Users\Alex\Desktop\Documents\ (Full custom location path)

The Ignore Rule to add in this case would be Submissions/Google Photos/2013 and not C:/Users/Alex/Desktop/Documents/Submissions/Google Photos/2013.

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