Set Up Local File Sync

Oracle Content Management keeps your files safe in the cloud while allowing you to conveniently sync them to a local account folder. This lets you work on your computer as you like, and is useful in several situations:
  • while traveling without access to the cloud.

  • if working on multiple computers.

  • when uploading a folder with multiple files.

To set up local file sync, you first have to make sure that desktop sync is installed. It may come pre-installed or you may need to download and install from your Oracle Content Management cloud account.

Choose Folders to Sync from the Cloud to Your Local Account Folder

When desktop sync is installed, an account folder is created where local copies of all cloud folders you choose to sync are stored. You can explicitly choose the cloud folders to sync by clicking the desktop app icon to open sync activity and then click the More icon, and select Choose Folders to Sync from Cloud to open up the folder sync dialog.

Folder Sync Dialog

Folders listed in the dialog are already in your cloud account. By default all cloud folders owned by you are synced automatically. Uncheck the folders you don't want to sync.


Synced folders copy files from the cloud to your local hard drive. Depending on how your preferences are set to handle unsynced content, unchecking a folder may not remove the files from your hard drive. To remove unsynced files to save space, review your preferences to see how unsynced content is handled and if necessary, locate the files to remove.

If no folders are listed as Owned by You, then you need to copy or create them locally in your account folder, or in the cloud using your web browser.

If there are cloud folders that you don't own but others have shared with you, click the Shared with You tab to select the ones you want to sync. You must have at least a Downloader role in a shared folder for it to appear in your list of folders for syncing.

Sync Subfolders and Files

If you want to sync subfolders but not entire cloud folders, there are a couple of ways to do it. You can either unselect the cloud folder then select the subfolders you want to sync, or you can leave the cloud folder syncing everything and just unselect the subfolders you don't want to sync. The way you choose determines the sync behavior.

If you uncheck a folder so the checkbox is empty No Sync icon then check a subfolder to sync Sync all icon , the checkbox of the folder that contains the subfolder (called the parent folder) changes to white with a dash Sync selected only . This means that the selected subfolder will sync, but any folder that gets added in the cloud to the parent folder later will not sync.

If a folder is checked so the checkbox is black with a white check Sync all icon and you uncheck a subfolder No Sync icon , the checkbox of the parent folder changes to black with a white dash Sync selected and new icon . This means that the unchecked subfolder will not sync, but anything that gets added to the parent folder later will sync.

Parent Folder Selection State Sync Behavior

Sync none icon

No subfolders or items in the parent folder will sync.

Sync all icon

All subfolders and items in the parent folder will sync. New additions to the folder will also sync.

Sync selected only icon

Only subfolders and items specifically selected in the parent folder will sync. New additions to the parent folder will not sync.

Sync selected and new icon

Subfolders and items specifically deselected in the parent folder will not sync. New additions to the parent folder will sync.