Sync a folder through iCloud among several computers

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  1. Giuanniello macrumors regular

    Giuanniello

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    #1
    Ok,

    long story short, I have a folder I fill with files, I want this folder to be on iCloud and to have a local copy on a computer or more than one and make so that when I throw a file into the local folder from any of the computers I use iCloud with it, the file, gets synched through iCloud and being saved on iCloud itself and, possibly, created an alias or a local copy on the other computers, any way to achieve it?

    Grazie
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    http://www.zibity.com/macdropany.html

    You could use the app MacDropAny to make a symlink between that folder and iCloud Drive. So anything in that folder will also get synced to iCloud Drive.
     
  3. Mike Boreham, Apr 1, 2017
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    Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    Assuming you are on Sierra, then if you turn on "Desktop and Document Folders in iCloud" in Sys Pref -> iCloud -> iCloud Drive -> Options that is exactly how your regular Documents folder (and Desktop) will behave.....unless I am misunderstanding your requirement.

    Since Sierra I have moved all my documents out of Dropbox into iCloud Drive/Documents.

    I like having my Desktop folder sync between my Macs too, but beware of using the Desktop as a temporary parking place for large files as they will be uploaded to iCloud. Also don't leave any Parallels VMs in the default location in Documents or they will be uploaded everytime you open and close the VM.

    You can have whatever subfolder structure you like under the top level "Documents" folder and any type of file.

    (If you happen to use Microsoft Office 2011 then the Microsoft User Data folder will be in your Documents folder now. When you turn on Docs and Desktop in iCloud, it will stay in your Docs folder but won't be uploaded to iCloud Drive or sync with other computers, just a local copy. This is fine and deliberate by Apple...would be chaos if the MUD folders started trying to sync between computers).
     
  4. Giuanniello thread starter macrumors regular

    Giuanniello

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    I gave a try at MacDropAny on a single folder I had on my desktop and it works fine between a computer with ElCapitan and another one with Sierra, I am not using Sierra on any other one and as such can't use the above mentioned option, too complicate to skip all of the issues related to the documents and desktop folders, I am fine with being able to pick just a few I need to share among the various machines.

    Thank you so much for your suggestions


    Giovanni
     

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