Alternatives to Cobian Backup for all platforms with any license





Web / Online

Indie / Classic

Other Platforms

  • rsync icon


    rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data...

    Open Source Linux BSD Haiku

  • CrashPlan icon


    CrashPlan lets you automatically back up your hard drive to another computer, for free. The paid version of CrashPlan offers secure...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... iPad

  • Macrium Reflect icon

    Macrium Reflect

    Backup solution for Windows. Basic features free, others only in purchase version (dynamic disk support, auto-cleanup of old backups...

    Freemium Windows

  • Time Machine icon

    Time Machine

    Time Machine is the breakthrough automatic backup that’s built right into Mac OS X. It keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on your...

    Commercial Mac

  • GoodSync icon


    GoodSync syncs files between your computer, mobile devices, FTP, SFTP, Amazon S3, Google Drive, SkyDrive, WebDAV, Azure.

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • SyncBack icon


    SyncBack is a backup and file synchronization software that allows backing up and synchronizing files to the same or different drives...

    Freemium Windows

  • Synkron icon


    Synkron is an application for folder synchronisation and folder-backups that allows you to configure your synchronisations in detail....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Bvckup 2 icon

    Bvckup 2

    Simple fast backup for Windows. At a glance - small and very lean, very fast delta copier, excellent user interface, device tracking...

    Commercial Windows

  • Déjà Dup icon

    Déjà Dup

    Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool. It hides the complexity of doing backups the 'right way' (encrypted, off-site, and...

    Open Source Linux

  • Back In Time icon

    Back In Time

    Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux inspired from FlyBack and "TimeVault". The backup is done by taking...

    Open Source Linux

  • Allway Sync icon

    Allway Sync

    Allway Sync is a free file and folder synchronization software for Windows for private use until max.20000 files/month. It is...

    Freemium Windows

  • IDrive icon


    Get 5 GB of full featured Online Backup for free. Features include Automatic Backup, True Archiving, Versioning, Continuous Backup...

    Freemium Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone iPad

  • Know any more alternatives to Cobian Backup?

    Suggest an application to this list
  • Syncovery icon


    Back up your data and synchronize PCs, Macs, servers, notebooks, and online storage space. You can set up as many different jobs as...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Areca Backup icon

    Areca Backup

    Areca Backup is a file backup software that supports incremental, image and delta backup on local drives or FTP servers.

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • DirSync Pro icon

    DirSync Pro

    DirSync Pro (Directory Synchronize Pro) is a small utility for file and folder synchronization without bidirectional file-deletion....

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • ViceVersa icon


    ViceVersa does File Synchronization, File Replication, File Backup and File Comparison. It can automatically verify data using a CRC32...

    Freemium Windows

  • Toucan icon


    Toucan is a small portableapp utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in...

    Open Source Windows

  • Copywhiz icon


    Copywhiz will drastically speed up your file copying and automatic backup tasks in Windows. Pick only files that you need from several...

    Commercial Windows

  • Share this list of alternatives?

  • Create Synchronicity icon

    Create Synchronicity

    Create Synchronicity is a nice, lightweight backup program with a very user-friendly - yet powerful - interface, that synchronizes...

    Open Source Windows

  • ChronoSync icon


    Synchronize files between folders, hard drives, removable media, laptops, file servers, or any computer, not just a Macintosh. ...

    Commercial Mac

  • rdiff-backup icon

    rdiff-backup Discontinued

    rdiff-backup backs up one directory to another, possibly over a network. The target directory ends up a copy of the source directory...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • Systemback icon


    Simple system backup and restore application with extra features. Systemback makes it easy to create backups of system and users...

    Open Source Linux

  • Windows File History

    File History protects files from within the libraries, desktop, favorites, and contacts folders and creates copies of the files. in...

    Commercial Windows

  • PureSync icon


    PureSync is a professional file backup and synchronization software, that can automatically keep a backup of your important files...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Genie Timeline icon

    Genie Timeline

    Genie Timeline is a time machine backup software for Windows that automatically, wirelessly and continuously backs up music files...

    Freemium Windows iPhone iPad

  • TimeShift icon


    Incremental backup like Microsoft System Restore or Apple Time Machine. Can also backup the whole linux distribution included the...

    Open Source Linux

  • FarStone RestoreIT icon

    FarStone RestoreIT

    RestoreIT® 7 is based on FarStone's patented "Advanced System Restore " technology. RestoreIT® 7 is a new, and...

    Commercial Windows

  • Rsnapshot icon


    rsnapshot is a rsync based backup utillity, providing filesystem snapshot functionality. It can...

    Open Source Linux

  • Carbonite icon


    Unlimited online backup for one flat fee. Free trial, no credit card required. Secure and encrypted for your privacy. Easy, on-demand...

    Commercial Mac Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone Blackberry ... iPad

  • O&O DiskImage icon

    O&O DiskImage

    Prevent data loss easily and securely! With O&O DiskImage you can create images of your entire computer or individual partitions...

    Commercial Windows

  • Back4Sure icon


    Back4Sure is a feature-rich backup solution for typical backup use. No VSS Volume Shadow Copy function for open files. The program can...

    Free Windows

  • These alternatives are not yet approved, do you think they are alternatives?

Cobian Backup Comments

No longer Open Source?

Comment by openstar41
about Cobian Backup Jan 2014

Looks good, but I noted the source code is for sale - so am not sure of the future for it?

It is an older version (four versions old) which is Open Source.


No backups every 2nd Monday, no pause when busy, Duplicati ...

Comment by em4020
about Cobian Backup Jun 2011

No backups every 2nd Monday, no pause when busy, Duplicati is best
It is not good, that missed backups always run, when the computer next time starts up.
Cobian Backup should have an option:
"Run missed backups, only when the system is not busy for 5 minutes and pause missed backups, when the system will be busy again"
Cobian Backup is not able to run Backups only every 2nd Monday. If you need a free solution to backup every 2nd Monday or to start only a backup when system is not busy for x minutes, you must use SyncBack free (1) (only english) or Acronis True Image Home (2) (not free and many languages) or Duplicati (Open Source). SyncBack Free and Areca Backup (Open Source) use the windows Task Manager for the Schedule, Windows Admin rights are necessary for it. SyncBack and Areca cannot cleanup more/older than 4 backups, this only Cobian and Duplicati can do. So Duplicati seems to be the best free backup service.
(1) Small SyncBack iconSyncBack
(2) Small Acronis True Image iconAcronis True Image
(3) Small Areca Backup iconAreca Backup
(4) Small Duplicati iconDuplicati


I have tried many backup solutions so far. Cobian Backup tu ...

Positive Comment by DJF3
about Cobian Backup Jun 2011

I have tried many backup solutions so far. Cobian Backup turned out to be the one I liked most. It's a full features backup application that somehow has a user-interface that's easy and fast. The logging is good even though I cannot configure the log-file location. Workaround: Sync job that copies the log-files to a location I want them to be ;-)
There's regular updates and an ok forum. You should absolutely try this one!

- EASY to use
- Also does goed synchronization
- EASY to use
- Feature rich

Less good:
-Cannot configure log-file location


I like, use and recommend Cobian Backup Amanita version 9.5 ...

Comment by em4020
about Cobian Backup Jun 2011

I like, use and recommend Cobian Backup Amanita version
It has multilanguage support, is very flexible and it is able to limit the number of backups e.g. to a chooseable maximum of 3 backups. You do not need to delete backups later, because the hard disk is full.
Little disadvantage:
the update function works only with SOCKS proxy or no proxy. I have a problem, because I have an internet-connection using only a HTTP-Proxy, but this is not supported by Cobian Backup until now.
I hope, that the next new Cobian Backup Version has an update function which CAN connect to internet with only a HTTP-Proxy.