sync between local/network and FTP server folders
The folders being synchronized can reside at local folders or at
a network share (UNC filenames and paths are supported). The other
side of the sync set can reside on the FTP server, running any common
FTP server software. InstantSync uses standardized FTP protocol
commands, so it does not rely on any server side extensions or non-standard
Task Editor software for task management
The Task Editor is an easy to use tool for creating, editing, and
running the sync tasks. All task options are clearly arranged in
tabs and you can access context sensitive help everywhere, making
setting up task parameters easy. Running a sync task couldn't be
1) Select sync task
2) Click Sync-button
The sync results are shown in a clear tree view arrangement, just
like in Windows Explorer.
Preview - see sync results without actual transfers
Task Editor also has a sync preview feature, which displays sync
results without actually transferring any files. This preview feature
is a great tool for testing and fine-tuning the sync task filters
and options. While in preview, you can add files and folders to
include and exclude filters via right-click menus, minimizing the
possibility of typos and errors when creating filters.
Task wizard makes it easy to create new sync tasks, and gets you
started quickly. It prompts you for all of the details needed to
set up a new sync task.
instantaneous syncs with SyncDB smart change tracking
When synchronizing files using the FTP protocol, file comparison
is much more difficult than when doing local file syncs. This is
because all of the file dates change when the files are transferred,
due to FTP protocol limitations. Similarly, text/html/ascii file
sizes change when these types of files are transferred, due to file
system differences. This raises a problem, as there is no way to
directly compare local files to FTP server files, as they all look
like they have been changed.
The solution to this problem is SyncDB. The SyncDB feature tracks
these changes and allows InstantSync to accurately transfer only
those files that have really changed.
Without SyncDB, consider the effect on a large website, where possibly
10,000 or more html files would be transferred during each sync,
since the file dates and sizes would be changed during the transfer.
Now thanks to SyncDB smart file tracking, only the files that have
really changed are transferred, resulting in only a few files being
transferred during each sync.
SyncDB is also an essential component for implementing propagated
deletions for two-way syncs.
file synchronization (bi-directional)
Keep two folders perfectly in sync, while files can be modified
on both sides. The file date stamps are used for comparison. InstantSync
will adjust server file dates using server time-zone settings for
proper time comparisons.
deletions for true bi-directional syncs
Propagated deletions allow you to create true bi-directional syncs.
When enabled, the software tracks deletions on both sides, and repeats
the deletion made on one side on the other side.
New and changed files are transferred from source to target. Date
variables can be used in folder names (see more below). Perfect
for backup sync tasks.
file replication (mirroring)
New and changed files are transferred from source to target. Any
extra files or folders that no longer exist on the source are also
deleted on the target. This helps you to manage clutter on the target,
making the target an exact replica of the source.
file move (transfer & delete)
All files in the source folder are transferred to the target, and
after a 100% successful transfer, they are deleted on the source.
In other words, files are moved from the source to the target. If
a certain file is not transferred in full, it is not deleted on
the source. You can create a hot-folder sync task that is configured
c:\OutBox -> ftp.yourserver.com/InBox
And all of the files found in the c:\InBox (and its subfolders)
are moved to the remote /InBox. The sync task can also be set up
ftp.yourserver.com/OutBox -> c:\InBox
variables in folder names
Date variables with user defined formatting can be used in the
source and target folder names to create dynamically changing folder
names, e.g., for backup sync tasks.
InstantSync supports up to 10 simultaneous browsing and file transfer
threads. This will greatly increase the performance of the file
InstantSync accelerates file transfers with on-the-fly file compression
using the MODE Z command.
reconnects, retries, and resumes
The number of reconnects, retries and timeouts can be specified
individually for each task. You can also use unlimited retries.
Software will automatically continue (=resume) the transfer in exact
point of failure, rather than starting from the beginning of the
file each time. When reaching the max limit for retries, you can
be notified via log files and email notifications (more below).
Support for many European language foreign characters (like ßåäöØæ)
in file and folder names using UTF-8 encoding.
You can specify multiple include and exclude filters for each task.
Filters can use file/folder names, file size, date and attributes,
and can utilize regular expressions for powerful control over filters.
File name filters can be matched within a specific sub folder, set
of sub folders or all folders. You can also use date variables in
InstantSync can detect conflicts (=file has changed on both source
and target) and you can specify the action to take in conflicts,
like skip file, skip and report, always upload etc.
folders and symbolic links
You have an option to ignore subfolders (no recursion to subfolders)
and also ignore symbolic links. Specific folders & symbolic
links can also be excluded with filters.
Transfer history records a full history of all sync runs performed
on the system, with information like date, number of files transferred,
errors, average transfer speed, time taken, etc. You can also view
a list of all of the files transferred for a selected history sync
logging with auto-rotate schemes
You can generate up to four different log files for each run of
the sync task. The log files are: Transfer history log (shared summary
log file for all sync tasks), FTP command log, list of files transferred
and error log.
There are various auto-rotation schemes available for log files,
so you can e.g. set up log file to be rotated when its size reaches
100MB. Or set new log file to be created every day or every week
Our BatchSync product adds scheduling to the above feature set.
Read more about BatchSync here.
Edition adds support for FTPS and SFTP over SSH2
If you demand a secure file synchronization solution, InstantSync
Secure Edition adds support for FTPS and SFTP over SSH2. Read more
about InstantSync Secure here.
Try InstantSync FTP yourself. Free
30-day trial is available here.
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