Sync via symbolic links
In Dropbox I just create bunch of symbolic links to my Downloads, Documents & Desktop folders so that my stuffs will be safe with me always.
Looking for the similar treatment from OneDrive too :p
Just Why ? why did you don't support other folders or symlink, so conveniant, so easy ... I simply don't understand, i have drives attached to my Mac; folder organisation build since years, i could just link everything to one drive and get synced but no... not possible, while there is, in my maybe limited view of sysadmin, no technical reasons behind...
Please MS be kind, i know you could be ! and you are more and more often, spread the love and give us this possibility
Simple, easy, the world does it, MS doesn't. If you allowed me to have OneDrive not be tied to a specific folder this would be fine as well. Not everybody has multi TB Hard drives to place the OneDrive "sync" folder, I need to be able to have symbolic links or the ability to have more than one OneDrive mapping, preferably to a mounted drive. Box, Google, iCloud, Linux, Mac, they all do it, why can't you????
Sean Conley commented
Symbolic links should be synced, but I think there should be an option for how they are handled. My preference would be for links to be copied as-is, to simply work as a Windows shortcut would.
Benjamin Thomas commented
Microsoft needs to add this now as Catalina protects the document and desktop folders. That means we can't do the reverse anymore to sync those folders.
Please allow us to either add symbolic links or external volumes (I encrypt my folders locally and so I have to mount them to view, but I want OneDrive to sync the mounted path).
Shrinivas Gadde commented
While this is still being considered..
why don't you leave your source content within OneDrive and create symbolic links from it onto macOS? I have been doing this for Pictures and it works completely fine. Any changes I do within ~/Pictures goes directly into my OneDrive.
One simple question - WHY NOT? Why not have this feature? I'm a PAYING customer and would like to back up / sync whatever files or folders I want. Why put this stupid and meaningless restriction? What do you gain out of this?
Is there a way to get OneDrive two sync the contents of a symbolic link?
Eric Chang commented
Dropbox supported it.
Google One supported It.
and Microsoft OneDrive ? .......... no for now
Just make Onedrive compatible with iCloud! MS can do it because Onedrive for Business is compatible with iCloud.
What I mean is that when you install your "Onedrive for business" folder in the macOS iCloud folder, then all folders in it sync to both icloud as well as onedrive.
If you do this with ondrive (personal) the ondrive folder and subfolders don't sync to icloud.
Let's have ondrive behave like ondrive for business on macOS. Thanks.
This is such an old thread and they’re still no solution. Shame on you, Microsoft!
Charles Charlton (GM) commented
Shouldn't this just be implemented as Known Folder Move so there is feature parity to Windows?
No, no, no, no, no. DON"T do symbolic links. Just give it the capability of targeting native, default folders. Syncplicity, for example, can do this. Symbolic links can be a problem. If they become invalid, the OS gets into a panic and you end up jamming up login and other processes, applications generate errors and so on. Users shouldn't have to know how to create a symbolic link to use capability like this.
This feature would make OneDrive on par with iCloud and Google Drive.
Raymond DeGennaro commented
The only thing that prevents OneDrive from being literally 100% useless is that it's needed to work-around the crippling of OneNote by excluding the use of local export. Between the lack of support for all legal Mac Filenames and the need for everything to be under the OneDrive folder, I really can't use OneDrive for much of anything.
There is no reason for this. Symbolic Links and Aliases have been part of the macOS for almost 20 years. Aliases had been part of the Mac Classic since System 7 (1991) and symbolic links part of *nix since the '80s. Google Drive and DropBox have no troubles following symbolic links.
It's really a blocker for me too as it's preventing me from syncing with my NAS
If symbolic links too hard, please can we add folders from anywhere on the OS?
My personal issue is I have about 40,000 files organised for pro-audio applications like Logic and Ableton Live. If I move the root folder to a new Onedrive folder, all my songs break as the file paths for samples have moved. It would take me weeks to remap everything.
I'm using Dropbox with symbolic links but I'd rather just use my Onedrive but this is a deal breaker.
It works but only sync files when OneDrive started or when file was alerted at another computer which has it directly in OneDrive folder.
Agreed. Symbolic links would ensure we do not have to move and redirect most of the folders in user land.