How to automatically synchronize your Lightroom Classic settings between several computers?

Implementation

It is first necessary to implement synchronization on the first computer which contains the most successful parameters after having made a backup of the 2 directories which will be re-directed to the cloud. We will rename the 2 original directories and create the symbolic links. Finally, we will copy the original files to these new directories in order to put everything back in place for Lightroom.

Once implemented, the files will start to synchronize.

On the second computer (and the following ones), we will rename the 2 original directories, make the symbolic links and thus recover the files coming from computer 1. It will remain to delta the parameters that were present on this computer and may be missing what was recovered from computer 1.

Implementation tutorial on macOS

Start the terminal application on macOS (It is in Application / Utilities). To simplify the reading, the explanations will be given in the code, preceded by #. Remember that you must adapt the path to your user account name, here noted<YOUR_ACCOUNT> and to your synchronization folder called here <CLOUD>:

Attention, on the capture the paths are adapted to my real organization 🙂
# If you are on the first computer, you will have to create the directories
# to synchronize in the cloud (Watch out for capital letters!)
cd /Users/<YOUR_ACCOUNT>/<CLOUD>/X_SyncSettings/
mkdir Lightrooom
mkdir CameraRaw
mkdir CameraRaw/Settings
# End of the action to be carried out on the first computer

# ---- Copy for the Lightroom Settings
# Go to the Lightroom settings directory
cd /Users/<YOUR_ACCOUNT>/Library/Application\ Support/Adobe/
# The directory to synchronize is the entire Lightroom directory
# We will first make a backup copy
mv Lightroom Lightroom_Backup
# Then, we will make a symbolic link to the cloud directory
ln -s /Users/<YOUR_ACCOUNT>/<CLOUD>/X_SyncSettings/Lightroom Lightroom

# If you are on the first computer, you will have to copy the original files to the new location which is now pointing to the cloud
cp -R Lightroom_Backup Lightroom

# ---- Copy for the CameraRaw Settings 
# Go to the CameraRaw settings directory
cd /Users/<YOUR_ACCOUNT>/Library/Application\ Support/Adobe/CameraRaw
# The directory to synchronize is the entire directory Settings
# We will first make a backup copy
cp Settings Settings_Backup
# Then, we will make a symbolic link to the cloud directory
mv -s /Users/<YOUR_ACCOUNT>/<CLOUD>/X_SyncSettings/CameraRaw/Settings Settings

# If you are on the first computer, you will have to copy the original files to the new location which is now pointing to the cloud
cp -R Settings_Backup Settings

Implementation tutorial on Windows

Start the “Command Prompt” application in administrator mode (It is in the start menu at “Windows System”). To start it in administrator mode, right-click on the program name and pull down the “More” menu.

To simplify the reading, the explanations will be given in the code, preceded by #. Remember that you must adapt the path to your user account name, here noted <YOUR_ACCOUNT> and to your synchronization folder called here <CLOUD>:

# If you are on the first computer, you will have to create the directories
# to synchronize in the cloud (Watch out for capital letters!)
cd c:\Users\<YOUR_ACCOUNT>\<CLOUD>\X_SyncSetting\
mkdir Lightroom
mkdir CameraRaw
mkdir CameraRaw\Settings
# End of the action to be carried out on the first computer

# ---- Copy for the Lightroom Settings
# Go to the Lightroom settings directory
cd c:\Users\<YOUR_ACCOUNT>\AppData\Roaming\Adobe
# The directory to synchronize is the entire Lightroom directory
# We will first make a backup copy
move Lightroom Lightroom_Backup
# Then, we will make a symbolic link to the cloud directory
mklink /D Lightroom c:\Users\<YOUR_ACCOUNT>\<CLOUD>\X_SyncSettings\Lightroom

# If you are on the first computer, you will have to copy the original files to the new location which is now pointing to the cloud
copy -R Lightroom_Backup Lightroom

# ---- Copy for the CameraRaw Settings
# Go to the CameraRaw settings directory 
cd CameraRaw
# The directory to synchronize is the entire directory Settings
# We will first make a backup copy
move Settings Settings_Backup
# Then, we will make a symbolic link to the cloud directory
mklink /D Settings C:\Users\<YOUR_ACCOUNT>\<CLOUD>/X_SyncSettings/CameraRaw/Settings

# If you are on the first computer, you will have to copy the original files to the new location which is now pointing to the cloud
copy -R Settings_Backup Settings
Attention, on the capture the paths are adapted to my real organization 🙂

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