Alternatives to SyncToy for all platforms with any license

  • FreeFileSync icon

    FreeFileSync Bundleware

    FreeFileSync is a free Open Source software to synchronize files and synchronize folders available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • rsync icon


    rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data...

    Open Source Linux BSD Haiku

  • GoodSync icon


    GoodSync syncs files between your computer, mobile devices, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, SkyDrive, WebDAV, Azure.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • SyncBack icon


    SyncBack is a backup and file synchronization software that allows backing up and synchronizing files to the same or different drives...

    Freemium Windows

  • Synkron icon


    Synkron is an application for folder synchronisation and folder-backups that allows you to configure your synchronisations in detail....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Unison icon

    Unison Discontinued

    Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • IPFS icon


    IPFS is a global, versioned, peer-to-peer filesystem. It combines good ideas from Git, BitTorrent, Kademlia, SFS, and the Web. It is...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Self-Hosted

  • Bvckup 2 icon

    Bvckup 2

    Simple fast backup for Windows. At a glance - small and very lean, very fast delta copier, excellent user interface, device tracking...

    Commercial Windows

  • Pulse icon Pulse Discontinued

    Pulse is a free (as in freedom), secure, and distributed file synchronisation engine in Go and Swift.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD OpenSolaris

  • grsync icon


    Grsync is a rsync gui, a graphical user interface for the rsync file synchronization and backup tool. It works on linux, solaris...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Allway Sync icon

    Allway Sync

    Allway Sync is a free file and folder synchronization software for Windows for private use until max.20000 files/month. It is...

    Freemium Windows

  • Syncovery icon


    Back up your data and synchronize PCs, Macs, servers, notebooks, and online storage space. You can set up as many different jobs as...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

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  • DirSync Pro icon

    DirSync Pro

    DirSync Pro (Directory Synchronize Pro) is a small utility for file and folder synchronization without bidirectional file-deletion....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Toucan icon


    Toucan is a small portableapp utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in...

    Open Source Windows

  • Qtd Sync icon

    Qtd Sync

    A graphical interface for the Rsync engine that will synchronise files between two computers either locally or over the internet. The...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Create Synchronicity icon

    Create Synchronicity

    Create Synchronicity is a nice, lightweight backup program with a very user-friendly - yet powerful - interface, that synchronizes...

    Open Source Windows

  • SyncFolders icon


    SyncFolders helps you to synchronize the contents of two folders, including any subfolders, track file modifications and deletions in...

    Free Windows

  • ChronoSync icon


    Synchronize files between folders, hard drives, removable media, laptops, file servers, or any computer, not just a Macintosh. ...

    Commercial Mac

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  • Bacula icon


    Bacula is a set of Open Source, enterprise ready, computer programs that permit you (or the system administrator) to manage backup...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • PureSync icon


    PureSync is a professional file backup and synchronization software, that can automatically keep a backup of your important files...

    Free Personal Windows

  • JFileSync icon


    JFileSync is a Java application used to synchronize directories of two different file systems. For instance, you want to synchronize a...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Directory Compare icon

    Directory Compare

    Directory Compare is a utility to help you keeping copies of your important directories (documents, programs under development and so...

    Free Windows

  • Compare It! icon

    Compare It!

    Easily compare and merge text files; compare doc, xls and pdf files; prepare comparison reports and printouts.

    Commercial Windows

  • CleanSync icon


    Require assistance synchronizing folders between 2 computers? Tired and fustrated of keeping track what files and folders are updated...

    Open Source Windows

  • FBackup icon


    FBackup is a free backup software for both personal and commercial use. It protects your important data by backing it up automatically...

    Free Windows

  • csync icon


    csync is a lightweight utility to synchronize files between two directories on a system or between multiple systems. It...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • rsync backup for Android icon

    rsync backup for Android

    rsync backup is a tool that will, in essence, allow the user to copy data back and forth between the user’s computer and their Android...

    Free Android

  • nsync icon


    nsync is a free, open source software that performs synchronization of your data between desktop PCs, laptops, USB drives and more. ...

    Open Source Windows

  • GNU Diff Utilities

    GNU Diffutils is a package of several programs related to finding differences between files.

    Open Source Linux

  • Syncless icon


    Syncless - An open-source and free synchronization tool so seamless youll forget about it What makes Syncless so unique is the way...

    Open Source Windows

  • FileSync icon


    File/folder synchronization utility for keeping files up to date.

    Commercial Windows

  • Yintersync icon


    Yintersync.NET is a client-server backup tool providing bandwidth and cost economic delta backups of multiple computers over SSL with...

    Free Windows

  • Backuplist icon


    Backuplist+ is a popular "wrapper" application for the new rsync 3.0.6 copy tool. It is a powerful backup application that...

    Free Mac

  • Backer icon


    Leanware Backer is software for Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 for... - Backup - Synchronization - Archiving - Transfer ... of your...

    Commercial Windows

  • Synchronize It! icon

    Synchronize It!

    Powerful folders and archives synchronization tool. Built-in support for zip archives and FTP. Can be used as backup tool, for folders...

    Commercial Windows

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SyncToy Comments

Useless: Will not copy files that are in use

Negative Comment by webheaded
about SyncToy and Synkron, FreeFileSync Jun 2011

SyncToy will not copy files that are in use which makes is somewhat useless for my needs. I recommend FreeFileSync with VSS (Volume Shadow Service) for this purpose. Easier to use and it doesn't freeze up like Synkron does.


Uh, I tried to install it on Windows XP, didn't work.

Negative Comment by gordita_de_lisoform
about SyncToy and Allway Sync Jun 2011

Uh, I tried to install it on Windows XP, didn't work. So I tried Allway Sync and it did the job right.


At least under windows 7, synctoy is not reliable

Negative Comment by riquard
about SyncToy Jun 2011

I also noted that at least under windows 7, synctoy is not reliable. It did not copy everything. I used version 2.1.


SyncToy cannot sync a WebDAV-Folder

Negative Comment by em4020
about SyncToy and Allway Sync Jun 2011

No other free application than Allway Sync (*) is able to sync directly and reliable a WebDAV-Folder or SD-Memory-Card from a "Windows Mobile" SmartPhone with a Vista PC Folder.
After detailed comparison with many other syncing applications I recommend Allway Sync as the best one, if you have no problems with the restriction of max. 40000 files per months for free private use.


SyncToy: synchronisation prozess was not reliable

Negative Comment by em4020
about SyncToy and Synk, Allway Sync, PureSync Jun 2011

I have tested SyncToy many month ago on Windows XP. In my indistinct recollection the synchronisation prozess was not reliable, concerning synchronizing in BOTH directions inluding DELETION in BOTH directions, so that i very soon changed to the very reliable professional products Allway Sync (free until max. 20000 files/ month or PureSync free without limitations for private use. The Open Source product SYNKRON is also very reliable, but You cannot see in the file-list (but only in a hint if moving with the mouse over the filename) the size, date and time of the synced files after comparing process.