* SIMPLE: choose two folders, and sync from one --> other instantly
* SMART: copies only what's changed to sync faster
* SCHEDULED: sync now, or on a customizable schedule

SyncBuddy is the easiest backup sync available for your Mac. Designed by the makers of FolderWatch, this new app was built from the ground up to provide simple ONE-WAY sync. It's not meant to replace complex syncing apps like iCloud or Dropbox, but instead offers an extremely fast and reliable way to automatically back up your photos, music, or other important folders to another place on your computer or external/network drive.

1. Add a new Sync by pressing the "+" button
2. Select a “source” folder and a backup “destination”
3. Click Preview to verify the results you expect
4. Press Sync and you’re done!

- Safely preview changes before syncing
- Exclude files based on size, file extension, or select them manually
- Automatically syncs to the schedule you choose
- View real-time stats & activity

- Gorgeous and easy to use
- Intelligent: only copies files that have changed
- Optional menu bar icon for 1-click syncing
- Integrates beautifully with OS X Notification Center

What’s New

Version 1.2.0

- Add support for dark mode
⁃ Fix bugs related to scheduling and showing errors
⁃ Note this update requires OS 10.11 or newer

Ratings and Reviews

2.0 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

dgabriels ,

Not quite

Doesn’t do bi-directional sync - set up to keep a sync between a NAS and two Macs - testing indicated that it only moves files from Source to Destination. Created new (empty) test folders on the destination then ran sync again - the new test folders were deleted, and the source folder did not have them. Also noted that after one sync, repeating the sync on the same script can create more changes - odd.

So it’s not a sync program - it’s a mirror program - from source to destination. Which is fine if that’s all you need. But it doesn’t ‘sync’ as the name implies.

Maybe an update in order?? (Try synctoy on Windows - an ideal app that’s a great example to emulate.)

zzzyzxxxx ,

Recommended but can be slow for larger files

I like this program and plan to continue using it. However it is inefficient in that if a file folder’s name is changed and then sync’ed then every nested file inside it is copied again to the destination disk and the original copies inside the destination folder are deleted. This can make for a slow and disk taxing process. For practical purposes this means that it is much more efficient if you only need to make a file name change to do it manually rather than let Syncbuddy do it. It’s a good and useful program and I would’nt stay away from it: for large files just plan your time to accommodate the time needed. A minor point: the bar graph showing percent completion of the synching may indicate a low percent completed and then suddenly jump to 100%. Nice to see that the process has suddenly completed but linearity would be better!

Slow slow slow! ,

Very Very Slow…has not finish after 24 hours

I was hoping this would help to keep folders in sync with my WD NAS drive. I think its capable of doing this but it has yet to actually complete a 54GB backup of my iTunes folder after 24 hours. Everytime I stop the sync, it has to start all over. When I move files manually between my MacBook and NAS its relitivly fast (268GB in 3 hours). SyncBuddy is so slow its not usable. Its transfer rate is at best 1 Mb per second…this is assuming its actually transfering anything. Most of the time it seems to just sit idle and do nothing.

I would avoid purchasing this product if I were you.


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OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.