One of the most common reasons for wanting to keep the contents of two folders synchronised is to ensure that a backup copy of important files is also available. However, there are numerous other uses for synchronisation including using network storage to keep data synchronised between multiple computers.

File syncing tools have a tendency to be very complicated affairs, but this is not the case with FreeFileSync. As the name would suggest, the program is available free of charge and it makes light work of ensuring that you always have copies of the latest version of the files you are working with in the folder you need them.

A simple, unclutter interface means that setting up folder pairs is quick and painless and there are a range of file synchronisation options available. Files can be compared using the date of last access, or by performing a bit by bit comparison. There is no limit on the number of files that can be included in a synchronisation job so the program is suitable for even the most demanding of user.

Batch jobs can be created to help automate the process of synchronising a large number of folder pairs, and the option to move files to the Recycle Bin rather than simply deleting them, means that a safety net is always available. With fast operation and fast, simple setup, FreeFileSync enables you to synchronise files free of fuss.

What's new in 7.3?

- New context menu option to copy selected files to alternate folder (create diffs)
- Fill a folder pair by dropping two folders at a time from Explorer
- Added option to set non-standard SFTP port
- Prevent recursive creation of temporary Recycle Bin directories (Windows)
- Retrieve grid column label colors from the system
- Fixed detection of already existing files when moving (Linux)
- Follow os convention for preferences (OS X)
- Prevent progress dialog from hiding behind main dialog (OS X)
- Fixed config saved status not updating when changing certain settings
- Support for high dpi display settings
- Fixed crash when help viewer is open during exit (Windows)
- Show manual deletion progress within comparison status panel
- Further reduced number of file accesses during versioning
- Fixed folder picker failing to select Desktop folder (Windows)

Verdict

A deceptively simple file synchronisation tool which is packed with features.