By Ivy / Last update April 25, 2022

Any FreeFileSync Alternative to Sync Files?

Any alternative for FreeFileSync?

I am trying to schedule a FreeFileSync task to run every day - I have followed the instructions in the manual and the task does run but it only compares the two sides, it doesn't sync. What should i do, or find a FreeFileSync alternative to sync files? Thanks in advance.


Sometimes, you will get FreeFileSync not syncing problem in your Windows computer and you cannot figure it out. Here we are help, actually the FreeFileSync does not provide you the schedule option, you have to create a schedule sync task with the help of Task Scheduler and FreeFileSync to get it done. Ensure all the settings is correct.

About FreeFileSync

FreeFileSync is a free open source file synchronization software for Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP (32-bit and 64-bit), MacOS, Linux. It is capable of comparing one or multiple folders according to content, modification time and file size, and subsequently synchronizing the content according to user-defined settings. 

Actually, there are two versions of FreeFileSync: FreeFileSync Free, and its Donation Edition (at least 5 Euro for 1 month). With the help of FreeFileSync Donation Edition, you could get the above features that mentioned plus:

FreeFileSync Main Interface

By the way, after installing FreeFileSync software, you will get the RealTimeSync software installed.

How to Sync Files with FreeFileSync in Windows 7/8/10?

To show you sync files easily with the FreeFileSync in Windows 7/8/10, follow the below steps:

1. Execute the FreeFileSync software, and click + button to add folder pair or click Browse to add a folder on your local computer on the left side (we choose a folder).

Choose Folder Left

2. Select other folders on the right side.

Choose Folder Right

3. Click Compare, If there are some different between the two folders, find the file and click Copy new item to right icon (or click Copy new item to left icon), to perform one-way file sync.

FreeFileSync One Way Sync

4. Or click Synchronize at the top right corner to perform two way sync.


5. Click Start if prompt sync. Then it will sync successfully immediately.

Sync Successfully

FreeFileSync Limitations

Although FreeFileSync is available for you to sync files or folders, the limitation of the freeware you have to be aware:

  • The adware bundled with this tool while installing, and is really annoying.

  • The interface is complicated so as to don’t know what to do.

  • Schedule option is not provided.

And you may get other FreeFileSync not responding or no enough space error while syncing, why not try FreeFileSync alternative to sync easily?

Best free FreeFileSync alternative for Windows 7/8/10

It’s highly recommended to try the best alternative to FreeFileSync freeware - AOMEI Backupper Standard (totally ad-free), which designed for Windows PCs. It covers most of the features, parallel file copy, email notification, one way sync, and provides you more:

  • Scheduled sync: It allows you to automatically sync files and folders based on five modes: Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, or USB plug in respectively (the last two are premium features, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or other editions to enjoy).

  • Run specified program or script before the synchronization (Premium feature).

  • Intuitive interface will do you a big favor to sync files even you are a newbies.

  • Multiple destination selection: you could sync files to local disk, external hard drive, USB flash drive, CD/DVD, network share or NAS, even clouds, etc.

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How to Sync Files Automatically with FreeFileSync Alternative?

Now, we will show you sync files and folders automatically with simple steps using the free file sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. 

Step 1. Perform FreeFileSync alternative - AOMEI Backupper, select Basic Sync at Sync tab.

File Sync

Step 2. Click + Add Folder to choose folders and files that you want to sync. Change Task Name if need be.

Add Folder

Step 3. Select another location as the destination path to save the synced folders and files. 

Select Destination For Documents

Step 4. Click Schedule > General tab, and then choose one of schedule modes to set it up. And click OK to automatically sync folders to target location. 

Schedule Settings General

Step 5. Press Start Sync >> button to choose Add the schedule and start Sync now or Only add the schedule according to your needs. 

Start Sync Scheduled

✍If you would like to monitoring the changes in real time, please try Real-time Sync to keep the synced files and folders up to date in professional edition or other full editions.
✍You could comment the sync task to differ from others, enable email notification to get prompted after the sync task finished successfully, or meet some errors, etc. with the Options.

Then all the files and folders will be synced to the destination you specified in Windows 7/8/10. besides, you could sync files to Google Drive, sync files between two computers, etc.

Wrapping Things Up

If you get some in trouble while using FreeFileSync Windows software or get confused with the complicated interface, please find the solution or try best free FreeFileSync alternative - AOMEI Backupper. It simplify the interface and the steps to sync files and folders, and offers you more advanced features in Professional editon, like real time file sync, two way sync, mirror sync, etc.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is not only a file synchronization software but also the Windows backup and restore software for you to backup Windows 10 operating system, backup hard disk, clone entire hard disk to upgrade HDD to SSD without reinstalling, clone individual partition to another one, etc.

For who is running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), SBS 2003, 2008, 2011, please try AOMEI Backupper Server to sync files between Windows Servers.