How to Back up Your FolderMill Settings and Hot Folders

When you finally get everything in FolderMill configured just right, it's a good idea to save it at this checkpoint. This article explains how to back up your settings and configuration for future use.

Backing up your settings is not a must, but we recommend that you do it from time to time. 

Why we suggest doing this

There are several reasons. You may want to: 

  1. Re-install FolderMill or migrate to another PC
  2. Share your settings with someone else
  3. Restore configuration after some changes in your system
  4. Test new settings and keep previous settings safe
  5. Upgrade FolderMill to a newer version (previous settings are kept automatically so it is not necessary; still, odd things might happen)
  6. Just to be on the safe side (any other reason)

How to save all Hot Folder configuration data & general settings

  1. Open FolderMill Control Panel;
  2. Click the Export button on the top panel;
  3. Ensure that All settings in a single file (*.zip) option is selected;
  4. Choose the output location and click Save.
Save all settings data as a single ZIP file

Now you have all your Hot Folders' settings and their Actions (rules) saved in a single ZIP file. You'll be able to load them later using the Import button.

How to save settings of a certain Hot Folder

  1. Open FolderMill Control Panel;
  2. Select a Hot Folder and click Export;
  3. Ensure that Rule file (*.rule) option is selected;
  4. Choose the output location and click Save.
Save current Hot Folder settings

Now you have a .rule file with saved settings of a specific Hot Folder. 

How to load configuration data & general settings from backup

To load your saved settings, use the Import button. There are two options:

  • import a ZIP archive to overwrite all current configuration from backup 
  • import a RULE (or FMRULE) file to add a certain Hot Folder with parameters
  1. In FolderMill Control Panel, click Import;
  2. Select previously saved .rule, .fmrule, or .zip file and click Open;
  3. Confirm replacing data.
Import previously saved data

Learn more tips in the Knowledge Base