Dropbox has a nice feature "Selective Sync" that allows you to choose which of your folders on Dropbox's servers should be synced with you local computer.

I would like to do the opposite. I have items in my local Dropbox folder that are very large and I don't want them uploaded and updated all the time. I tried using Selective Sync on the local folder, but it actually deleted the whole local copy.

Is there any way to tell Dropbox not to sync from local to cloud?

  • Move them away from the Dropbox folder? I mean, what’t the point of keeping them in the Dropbox folder if you don’t want to sync them?
    – Alex
    Apr 2, 2014 at 11:33
  • I keep all my projects in my Dropbox folder. Typically I want them synced, but in this case, there is one project, I don't want synced. Moving it out of the Dropbox folder means I won't have them all in one place anymore which is not ideal Apr 2, 2014 at 11:36

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This is a bit of a hack, but it works nevertheless (for now at least):

  1. Lets say you have a folder that you want to exclude called NON_CLOUD.
  2. We first create an empty folder that is renamed to NON_CLOUD and place it into Dropbox.
  3. Then, we use selective sync to unsync that folder: https://www.dropbox.com/help/175
  4. Next, move your actual NON_CLOUD folder into the previous location of the empty NON_CLOUD folder.
  5. That folder will have a grey circle with a “minus” sign and will not be synced to Dropbox.


At step 3, make sure the respective folder gets deleted from Dropbox before copying it again.

PS: I’ve tested it and it works.

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