The easy tutorial of Rsync to “SYNC” two folders and its contents.

January 19th, 2019 admin Location: Raleigh, NC, Topic: Web Design | Digital Media

If you are looking for a solution to syncing two folders, whether it’s over a network or locally, this is how you do it.

In my opinion this is a very valuable specially when you have media files that are very important to you and you want to lose them.

The RSYNC command

The -a flag means “archive” which in turn means recursive and preserving symbolic links, ownership and permissions. In general, it is more likely to use -a than to use -r (recursive).

rsync -a sourceDir/ destinDir

The -n variable is meant as a test “dry-run” and so no actual changes are made. -v is Verbose.

rsync -anv sourceDir/ destinDir

The -z flag compresses the network transfer reducing the size of the transfer as much as possible. The -P flag combines –progress (progress bar) and –partial (to resume interrupted transfers).

rsync -azP sourceDir/ destinDir

The –delete flag deletes the files in the destination that have been removed in the source. Therefore keeping a true sync between both directories. Ideally run it with -nv flag first to make sure that is to be removed is what you want.

rsync --delete sourceDir/ destinDir


So in summary you want to use this to Sync two directories:

1. Run it as a test.

rsync -anv sourceDir/ destinationDir

2. Ready? Run it.

rsync -azPv sourceDir/ destinationDir

3. If the sync has been there before, and so now is truly about syncing the two directories then use:

rsync -azPv --delete sourceDir/ destinationDir

Note: If you use a slash at the end of the first directory, then it means: “The contents of sourceDirectory” but not the directory itself. On the other hand if you ommit the use of the slash in the sourceDirectory then it means: “The content of the sourceDirectory but also the SourceDirectory/ itself”.

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Alex Centeno MBA., Es un director creativo y estratega de medios digitales reconocido internacionalmente. En la actualidad reside a tan solo minutos del Research Triangle Park (RTP) - Carolina del Norte, y con más de 10 años de entrenamiento y experiencia en marketing interactivo, Alex lidera a los clientes internacionales de Merkados™ para maximizar sus estrategias de negocios en línea. Una de las mayores fortalezas de Alex es su capacidad global de combinar de manera efectiva, mercadeo interactivo, diseño de medios digitales y desarrollo web.

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