Allow JSON files on OneDrive for Business
I do development work for my company and they enforce OneDrive as the only backup/sync option. I have added all my projects to my oneDrive folder so that they are backed up and available from my Desktop and Laptop. I keep getting sync errors on JSON files. This is a big problem for me.
Please consider allowing JSON files for sync. I'm guessing one of the issues is that you don't want to provide a free data host where people use Sharepoint to access these files publicly. Perhaps you could block it at that level instead of the sync level?
You should now be unblocked from using JSON files on OneDrive for Business.
Scott Beeson commented
Jelle, on March 18th of last year, Jason from Microsoft flagged this as done stating that JSON files are now allowed. Your company info is outdated.
My (big global) company is moving to ONEdrive now in a O365 environment, and we are being blocked from using JSON. Is my company's info outdated, or is it actually still not allowed?
John R. Moore commented
Thanks @Jason Moore! Are there other file naming limitations that were also lifted, or just JSON at this time? This page needs to be updated: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Types-of-files-that-cannot-be-added-to-a-list-or-library-30be234d-e551-4c2a-8de8-f8546ffbf5b3?CorrelationId=81881f8a-aacc-40c7-8150-ede8deceb153&ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
Which I got a link to from here: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2933738
Thanks for the info Jason.
I've just checked it and it's true all json files were synced. Keep up the good work.
Bjoern Sjut commented
Actually there is now a new scenario in town that should lead you to rethink the blocking of json files:
Onedrive is now a source for PowerBI. And PowerBI consumes json just fine. So we're running into an issue, where we are storing json files on a onedrive and try to use this as the PowerBI source.
I voted for this, however, I actually do not see this as a "feature: Allow JSON sync" but a "bug: JSON not synced (for whatever strange reason)
Jani 'Jassi' Hyytiäinen commented
You should use source control for development, not OneDrive. You can get a free (for 5 developers and unlimited stakeholders) source control here: https://www.visualstudio.com/
And even if you have more than 5 devs, having all of them editing the same files at the same time on OneDrive is like asking for merge failures.
MAYBE OneDrive team should look into the ability of marking folders for different content types and then build integrations to other services based on that. F.ex. you could right-click a folder and mark it to contain source code and instead of using OneDrive, it'd use Git in VSO to sync the source code. Since VSO already has good integration points, I don't think it'd be a big of a deal to seamlessly work through OneDrive while the undelying sync would happen through VSO/Git.
I have always recommended Dropbox to use for file syncing services. The IT department has insisted that there is nothing wrong with OneDrive for business and they "never had any problems", and yet, there continues to be many problems with it, including this issue.
Why does it take Microsoft so long to get things right? They are blown away from the competition *consistently* by taking years longer than other companies to fix all of the problems. It amazes me. Blocking JSON is another example of how incompetent you guys look, especially when your answers are always either "we don't get that problem on our end" or "we are looking into it". Great job guys, really.
If you want to change my opinion about you guys, how about trying to give some more informative answers to questions? Maybe even reasons why it might take more time?? I don't expect things to be answered too quick as things take time, but it has almost been a year with this one with "we are looking at it". Unacceptable... again.
You have been looking at it for 3 months now Reuben. This .json issue is pretty annoying. Any outcome to expect?
Just bought Office 365 for our start-up. In terms of cloud storage, we'll have to stick with Dropbox though. It goes without saying that not being able to backup our dev projects on OneDrive is a severe issue. We're considering Google Apps now.
Same issue here: although my company mandates using OneDrive, I cannot due to this JSON restriction. I have to use GDrive or DropBox.
Chris Czopnik commented
any updates on this topic?
Alan Parr commented
I don't understand why JSON files are banned but XML allowed, it doesn't make any sense.
At least make this configurable. Even if the default is for json files to be banned, allow admins to allow certain extensions where their business necessitates it.
Gabriel Cunha commented
In my company, we can not use the OneDrive because of this restriction for JSON files.
We need to hire Dropbox for cloud storage. Unfortunate!
Is there a date for when this restriction will cease to exist?
Colin Mierowsky commented
Any progress on this?
We recently started using OneDrive for Business as a backup / collaboration solution, but this is hampering us severely. It is incredibly frustrating to have this storage which we are paying for restricted to such an extent.
With any other "cloud based file system", e.g. Dropbox, drive etc I have complete control over what I can store.
Bob Wynn commented
I suggest instead of randomly blocking content you consider malicious or otherwise dangerous, allow paying customers' system administrators to choose what file types are to be allowed to sync. The rational for this approach is manifold. A most logical argument would be the following: If tomorrow some sophisticated hacker will find the way to run macros using Ms-Office native formats, will you immediately put .docx, etc on a list of banned formats? There are plenty of chances you might stay with little or no customers in a very short time.
Consider this: Microsoft was among the first (if not THE first) on the market to offer what’s now called “cloud storage”. Instead of bettering this product consequently making it world dominating standard you guys managed losing most of momentum allowing other to win. Their recipe – simplicity, consistency and attention to customer needs. Today, with Dropbox, Box and Google Drive firmly dominate cloud storage niche, what forces you, people to do anything in your power to turn most loyal customers away? After yesterday’s support session I am pretty much done explaining to the business why Microsoft is good for us. Feel free reaching out should you need more specifics.
I wanted to sync an Android development project and ran into same issue. I used consumer onedrive instead which worked ok. It seems more suited for business needs!
Thanos Angelatos commented
Same here; can you please let us know if and when this may be possible?
Marviene Fulton commented
I have had a stifling amount of files that just couldn't sync because of them being a file extension that wasn't approved or the file name was too long. I am very unhappy. I work on websites. I will have these file extensions and the files will have long names.
Going to have to move back to Dropbox, the 2G file size limit and file limitations are deal killers