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restic9.1 9.3 Rdiff-backup VS resticFast, secure, efficient backup program
Duplicati8.2 7.3 Rdiff-backup VS DuplicatiStore securely encrypted backups in the cloud!
BorgBackup8.2 9.8 L2 Rdiff-backup VS BorgBackupDeduplicating archiver with compression and authenticated encryption.
Bup7.7 7.2 L3 Rdiff-backup VS BupVery efficient backup system based on the git packfile format, providing fast incremental saves and global deduplication (among and within files, including virtual machine images). Please post problems or patches to the mailing list for discussion (see the end of the README below).
Lsyncd7.4 7.1 Rdiff-backup VS LsyncdLsyncd (Live Syncing Daemon) synchronizes local directories with remote targets
Backup7.4 0.0 L4 Rdiff-backup VS BackupEasy full stack backup operations on UNIX-like systems.
Duplicacy7.0 4.4 Rdiff-backup VS DuplicacyA new generation cloud backup tool
TimeShift6.8 4.7 Rdiff-backup VS TimeShiftSystem restore tool for Linux. Creates filesystem snapshots using rsync+hardlinks, or BTRFS snapshots. Supports scheduled snapshots, multiple backup levels, and exclude filters. Snapshots can be restored while system is running or from Live CD/USB.
Rsnapshot6.4 2.0 L2 Rdiff-backup VS Rsnapshota tool for backing up your data using rsync (if you want to get help, use https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/rsnapshot-discuss)
Back In Time5.4 5.5 Rdiff-backup VS Back In TimeBack In Time - A simple backup tool for Linux
Barman5.4 9.1 Rdiff-backup VS BarmanBarman - Backup and Recovery Manager for PostgreSQL
Backuppc5.3 1.0 L3 Rdiff-backup VS BackuppcBackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up to a server's disk.
Attic5.0 0.0 L3 Rdiff-backup VS AtticDeduplicating backup program
Bareos5.0 9.9 L1 Rdiff-backup VS BareosMain repository with the code for the libraries and daemons
ZBackup4.7 0.0 L2 Rdiff-backup VS ZBackupZBackup, a versatile deduplicating backup tool
UrBackup4.3 6.4 L2 Rdiff-backup VS UrBackupUrBackup - Client/Server Open Source Network Backup for Windows, MacOS and Linux
Burp4.1 5.6 L3 Rdiff-backup VS Burpburp - backup and restore program
Elkarbackup3.8 0.0 Rdiff-backup VS ElkarbackupOpen source backup solution for your network
Shield3.6 7.2 Rdiff-backup VS ShieldA standalone system that can perform backup and restore functions for a wide variety of pluggable data systems
Amanda3.4 3.9 L1 Rdiff-backup VS AmandaAmanda Network Backup
knoxite3.2 0.0 Rdiff-backup VS knoxiteA data storage & backup system
lvm23.0 9.6 Rdiff-backup VS lvm2Mirror of upstream LVM2 repository
Kup Backup SystemA backup scheduler for KDE's Plasma desktop
rdup2.8 0.0 Rdiff-backup VS rdupThe only backup program that doesn't make backups!
Brebis2.7 0.0 L2 Rdiff-backup VS BrebisA fully automated backup checker.
Snebu2.6 0.0 L1 Rdiff-backup VS SnebuSimple Network Encrypting Backup Utility
DREBS2.5 0.0 L4 Rdiff-backup VS DREBSDisaster Recovery for Elastic Block Store
Duplicity2.4 0.0 L3 Rdiff-backup VS DuplicityUnnoficial fork of Duplicity - Bandwidth Efficient Encrypted Backup
synbak2.3 0.0 Rdiff-backup VS synbakSynbak - Universal Backup System
gutbackup2.2 0.0 Rdiff-backup VS gutbackup[Bash] The simplest rsync wrapper for backup and restore Linux system. Support ArchLinux, Ubuntu, etc
BackupninjaLightweight, extensible meta-backup system.
BaculaAnother Client-server model backup tool.
SafeKeepCentralized pull-based backup using rdiff-backup.
FreeFileSyncFolder comparison and synchronization tool.
rclonea command line program to sync files and directories to and from several cloud storage systems/providers.
ObnamAn easy, secure, snapshots-based backup program with data de-duplication.
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rdiff-backup is a simple backup tool which can be used locally and remotely, on Linux and Windows, and even cross-platform between both. Users have reported using it successfully on FreeBSD and MacOS X.
Beside its ease of use, one of the main advantages of rdiff-backup is that it does use the same efficient protocol as rsync to transfer and store data. Because rdiff-backup only stores the differences from the previous backup to the next one (a so called reverse incremental backup), the latest backup is always a full backup, making it easiest and fastest to restore the most recent backups, combining the space advantages of incremental backups while keeping the speed advantages of full backups (at least for recent ones).
If the optional dependencies pylibacl and pyxattr are installed, rdiff-backup will support Access Control Lists and Extended Attributes provided the file system(s) also support these features.
In older Linux distributions the rdiff-backup versions are of the 1.x series, which is not recommended for new installs anymore. Follow the instructions below to install the latest 2.x release of rdiff-backup.
Ubuntu Focal or Debian Bullseye or newer (has 2.0)
sudo apt install rdiff-backup
Ubuntu backports for older versions (needs a backported 2.0)
sudo apt install software-properties-common sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rdiff-backup/rdiff-backup-backports sudo apt update sudo apt install rdiff-backup
CentOS and RHEL 7 (From COPR)
sudo yum install yum-plugin-copr epel-release sudo yum copr enable frankcrawford/rdiff-backup sudo yum install rdiff-backup sudo yum install py3libacl pyxattr
NOTE: the last line is optional to get ACLs and EAs support.
CentOS and RHEL 8 (From COPR)
sudo dnf install dnf-plugins-core epel-release sudo dnf copr enable frankcrawford/rdiff-backup sudo dnf --enablerepo=PowerTools install rdiff-backup
NOTE: you can add the option
--setopt=install_weak_deps=Falseto the last line if you don't need ACLs and EAs support. You can install
python3-pyxattralso separately. Under RHEL, the repo to enable is codeready-builder-for-rhel-8-x86_64-rpms in order to get access to pyxattr, instead of PowerTools.
sudo dnf install rdiff-backup
NOTE: for earlier versions, see the COPR instructions below.
Debian and derivatives, Raspbian, etc. (from PyPi)
sudo apt install python3-pip python3-setuptools python3-pylibacl python3-pyxattr sudo pip3 install rdiff-backup
NOTE: If your platform is not i386 or amd64, e.g. ARM/MIPS/etc, you may need the build dependencies
CentOS and RHEL 6 (from PyPi)
sudo yum install centos-release-scl sudo yum install rh-python36 gcc libacl-devel scl enable rh-python36 bash sudo pip install rdiff-backup pyxattr pylibacl echo 'exec scl enable rh-python36 -- rdiff-backup "[email protected]"' | sudo tee /usr/bin/rdiff-backup sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/rdiff-backup
Fedora and derivatives (from PyPI)
sudo dnf install python3-pip python3-setuptools py3libacl python3-pyxattr sudo pip3 install rdiff-backup
Other Linux and UN*X-oid systems, e.g. BSD (From PyPi)
You need to make sure that the following requirements are met:
- Python 3.6 or higher
- pip3 e.g. installed with
curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py; sudo python3 get-pip.py.
- librsync 1.0.0 or higher
- pylibacl (optional, to support ACLs)
- pyxattr (optional, to support extended attributes) - the xattr library (without py) isn't regularly tested but should work and you will be helped
- if Python's version is 3.7.x or below, importlib-metadata 1.x (or alternatively setuptools)
- SSH for remote operations
Then you should only need to call the following before you can use rdiff-backup:
sudo pip3 install rdiff-backup
NOTE: especially if your platform is not i386 or amd64, e.g. ARM/MIPS/PowerPC/etc, but also if the pip3 installation fails with
include [...].hfiles missing, you may need the build dependencies named like
Just download and unpack the file
available as asset attached to one of the releases available in the
releases section and
drop the binary
rdiff-backup.exe somewhere in your PATH and it should work,
as it comes with all dependencies included.
For remote operations, you will need to have an SSH package installed. We recommand using OpenSSH from http://www.mls-software.com/opensshd.html
Creating your first backup is as easy as calling
rdiff-backup <source-dir> <backup-dir>
(possibly as root), e.g.
rdiff-backup -v5 /home/myuser /run/media/myuser/MYUSBDRIVE/homebackup
would save your whole home directory (under Linux) to a USB drive (which you should have
formatted with a POSIX file system, e.g. ext4 or xfs). Without the
-v5 (v for verbosity),
rdiff-backup isn't very talkative, hence the recommendation.
Subsequent backups can simply be done by calling exactly the same command, again and again. Only the differences will be saved to the backup directory.
If you need to restore the latest version of a file you lost, it can be as simple as copying
it back using normal operating system means (cp or copy, or even pointing your file browser at
the backup directory). E.g. taking the above example
cp -i /run/media/myuser/MYUSBDRIVE/homebackup/mydir/myfile /home/myuser/mydir/myfile and the lost file is back!
There are many more ways to use and tweak rdiff-backup, they're documented in the man pages, in the [documentation directory](docs/), or on our website.
If you have everything installed properly, and it still doesn't work, see the enclosed [FAQ](docs/FAQ.md), the rdiff-backup web page and/or the rdiff-backup-users mailing list.
We're also happy to help if you create an issue to our
GitHub repo. The most
important is probably to explain what happened with which version of rdiff-backup,
with which command parameters on which operating system version, and attach the output
of rdiff-backup run with the very verbose option
The FAQ in particular is an important reference, especially if you are using smbfs/CIFS, Windows, or have compiled by hand on Mac OS X.
Rdiff-backup is an open source software developed by many people over a long period of time. There is no particular company backing the development of rdiff-backup, so we rely very much on individual contributors who "scratch their itch". All contributions are welcome!
There are many ways to contribute:
- Testing, troubleshooting and writing good bug reports that are easy for other developers to read and act upon
- Reviewing and triaging existing bug reports and issues, helping other developers focus their efforts
- Writing documentation (e.g. the man page), or updating the webpage rdiff-backup.net
- Packaging and shipping rdiff-backup in your own favorite Linux distribution or operating system
- Running tests on your favorite platforms and fixing failing tests
- Writing new tests to get test coverage up
- Fixing bug in existing features or adding new features
If you don't have anything particular in your mind but want to help out, just browse the list of issues. Both coding and non-coding tasks have been filed as issues.
For source code related documentation see [docs/DEVELOP.md](DEVELOP.md)
Installing latest development release
To provide meaningful bug reports and help with testing, please use the latest development release.
Ubuntu and Debian development releases
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rdiff-backup/rdiff-backup-development sudo apt update sudo apt install rdiff-backup
Fedora, CentOS and RHEL
On CentOS and RHEL (7 and 8):
sudo yum install dnf-plugins-core epel-release sudo yum copr enable frankcrawford/rdiff-backup sudo yum install rdiff-backup
On Fedora 30+:
sudo dnf install dnf-plugins-core sudo dnf copr enable frankcrawford/rdiff-backup sudo dnf install rdiff-backup
sudo pip3 install rdiff-backup --pre
Packaging status in distros
*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Rdiff-backup README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.