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Sharing a subfolder

You can synchronize and share folders with other Syncplicity users. When you synchronize a folder on your desktop client, all the folders and files in that folder also are synchronized by default. This folder becomes a top-level folder, and any folder under a top-level folder is a subfolder or a child folder.

When you share a folder, you grant the recipient or group with editor or reader permission. The desktop client allows sharing:

  • Top-level folders or
  • Any subfolder in any hierarchy

Syncplicity supports sharing multiple levels of folders and subfolders with client versions 4.1 and later.

When a subfolder is shared with a recipient, the highest permission of the parent folders shared with the recipient are inherited. For example, if you have shared a parent folder as an Editor and a subfolder as a Reader to a recipient, the subfolder inherits the highest level of permission from the parent folder as Editor.

Important Information for sharing folders and subfolders:

  • You must be the owner of the parent folder.
  • You can share a subfolder without sharing its parent folder or a sibling folder.
  • When you share a subfolder, you cannot share the parent folder until you stop synchronizing the subfolder. This is to ensure that there's no duplication of the data.

Folder icon descriptions




A private folder, synced but not shared.


A shared folder.


A subfolder of a shared folder, not explicitly shared with the receiver.


A received shared folder, shared with the user as an intended receiver.


A subfolder of received shared folder, not explicitly shared with the receiver.

Visibility of recipients

The recipients with whom you share your folders can view other recipients of the same folder as shown in the next graphic. In addition they can see if they have been added as an explicit participant in the current folder or if they have been added to a folder higher up in the folder hierarchy as shown by the Parent Folder column.


Receiving shared subfolders

As the recipients of a subfolder share it appears exactly the same as a top-level shared folder and you can map it to your desktop. If both a folder and a subfolder are shared with you, you have the choice of which folder to map to your desktop. See Working with folders and files in Windows for more information on mapping folders to your desktop. If you have already mapped the subfolder to your desktop you will be prompted to un-map that folder first before mapping a higher level folder.

If you are experiencing sync issues with pre-4.1 desktop clients you can find the solution here.

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