To create a symbolic link between your desired folder and your ShareFile account, you will need to use the Mklink command within Windows Command Prompt. To link your folder, run the Mklink command with the necessary folder information based on the template and example below.
Note: When designating a location in your ShareFile account, add a new folder to the ShareFile file path to correspond with the new linked folder. Ex: C:Users(Your Username)ShareFilePersonal FoldersMy Link Folder
- Mklink /D <ShareFile Location> <SourceFolder>
Example mklink command:
- Mklink /D “C:Users(Your Username)ShareFilePersonal FoldersMy Link Folder” “C:Users(Your Username)DesktopMy Link Folder”
Once run successfully, the folder will be created within your Sync location, and the linked folder will be synchronized with ShareFile anytime a new file is uploaded to or downloaded from that folder. The linked folder should show the green Sync overlays for individual files that are synced or syncing.
- Windows NTFS file system should be used.
- Symbolic links to individual files are not supported
- Links work best within the same drive. Links to removable disks and network locations may be removed or disconnected, which can interfere with the link to Sync and cause various issues.
- A folder can only be linked in one place within Sync. For example, if the C:UsersUserADocuments is linked to ShareFilePersonal FoldersLink, it cannot also be linked to ShareFileShared FoldersLink.
- Renaming of the source folder will break the symbolic link. However, if the source folder is renamed back to its original name, the file may not be uploaded. Sync would require a restart in this case.
- You cannot create child links to the source folder you already created. For example, creating 2 links as follows will not work: C:usersuserADocuments and c:usersuserADocumentsFolderA
“Cannot Create a File when that file already exists”
- This often occurs when the “ShareFile” filepath of your command is pointing to a folder that already exists in ShareFile. Add a folder to the file path, such as “….ShareFilePersonal FoldersLinked Locations“