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  • rsync icon


    rsync is a software application for Unix which synchronizes files and directories from one location to another while minimizing data transfer using delta encoding when appropriate. An important feature of rsync not found in most...

    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 cloud storage, in addition to local backups, and continuous, minute-by-minute backup. All backed-up...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Android Web / Cloud 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, command-line-start).

    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 Mac — digital photos, music, movies, TV shows, and documents. Now, if you ever have the need, you...

    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

  • Cobian Backup icon

    Cobian Backup

    Cobian Backup is a multi-threaded program that can be used to schedule and backup your files and directories from their original location to other directories/drives in the same computer or other computer in your network. FTP backup...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated: the software was sold in June 2014 ( to James Sweeney and there were no updates since then. Last version,, released in December 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • SyncBack icon


    SyncBack is a backup and file synchronization software that allows backing up and synchronizing files to the same or different drives, to different media (CD, DVD, Flash, zip), or to a remote server. There are three versions of...

    Freemium Windows

  • odrive icon


    An app that makes it easy to manage, access, and share all of your files from one place. Integration into over 20 services, full desktop sync, placeholder files, a robust web client, and advanced sharing capabilities. .

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud

  • 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, shadow copying, move/rename detection, run-as-a-service mode, robust support for multi-million item...

    Commercial Windows

  • BackBlaze icon


    Online backup for $5 month unlimited space. Backblaze backup encrypts and uploads all your data – no questions asked. No picking files. No digging through folders. Your data is backed up online to our datacenters, so nothing can touch...

    Commercial Mac Windows

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    Back In Time

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

    Open Source Linux

  • Insync icon


    Insync is a Google Drive sync & backup with multiple account support. * Advanced sharing without browser * Multiple Google Drive Account support. * Bidirectional sync of your Google Docs to one or more Mac, Windows or Linux...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux Android Windows Phone

  • 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 regularly) and uses Duplicity as the backend. It features support for local or remote backup...

    Open Source Linux

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    Grsync is a rsync gui, a graphical user interface for the rsync file synchronization and backup tool. It works on linux, solaris, windows, mac os x and maemo. It uses the gtk libraries and can work under the gnome desktop. It...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Rclone icon


    rsync for cloud storage. Rclone is a command line program to sync files and directories to and from the cloud.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD Solaris FreeBSD ... NetBSD OpenBSD

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  • 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 together with GoodSync the only free high professional synchronisation tool, able to adress WebDAV-Remote...

    Freemium Windows

  • ExpanDrive icon


    ExpanDrive is a Network file system client for Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows that facilitates mapping of local volume to any SFTP server the user can access. It also can connect to FTP, Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, OpenStack...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • DirSync Pro icon

    DirSync Pro

    DirSync Pro (Directory Synchronize Pro) is a small utility for file and folder synchronization without bidirectional file-deletion. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. In difference...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Qtd Sync icon

    Qtd Sync

    A graphical interface for the Rsync engine that will synchronise files between two computers either locally or over the internet. The beauty of Rsync is that it only transfers the exact part of a file that has changed (differential...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • 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 you need and run them manually or using the scheduler. The software comes with support for FTP...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Copywhiz icon


    Copywhiz will drastically speed up your file copying and automatic backup tasks in Windows. Pick only files that you need from several folders, copy only files that are new or modified, rename duplicate files and more. Integrated with...

    Commercial Windows

  • Arq icon


    Arq is super-easy online backup Back up your files automatically, to your own cloud account, with Arq. Just connect Arq to your own Google Drive account, Amazon Web Services account, SFTP server, Greenqloud account, DreamObjects...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • Gladinet icon


    Gladinet Cloud Desktop mounts cloud storage to your local desktop PC. It is a simple desktop application. CentreStack (Gladinet Cloud Enterprise Edition) allows an organization to provide simple, secure access to online storage for...

    Commercial Mac Windows Android Web / Cloud iPhone Android Tablet ... Windows Phone iPad

  • ViceVersa icon


    ViceVersa does File Synchronization, File Replication, File Backup and File Comparison. It can automatically verify data using a CRC32 checksum. ViceVersa lets you synchronize files, replicate folders, perform backups and do file...

    Freemium Windows

  • Create Synchronicity icon

    Create Synchronicity

    Create Synchronicity is a nice, lightweight backup program with a very user-friendly - yet powerful - interface, that synchronizes files and folders extremely quickly (it can even recognize paths such as "MyUSB"\MyFolder...

    Open Source Windows

  • Tarsnap icon


    Tarsnap is a secure online backup system for Linux, BSD, OS X, and other UNIX-like operating systems.

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Systemback icon


    Simple system backup and restore application with extra features. Systemback makes it easy to create backups of system and users configuration files. In case of problems you can easily restore the previous state of the system. There...

    Open Source Linux

  • TimeShift icon


    Incremental backup like Microsoft System Restore or Apple Time Machine. Can also backup the whole linux distribution included the bootloader, in this case you can restore starting the PC with a LiveCD distro, installing TimeShift and...

    Open Source Linux

  • Genie Timeline icon

    Genie Timeline

    Genie Timeline is a time machine backup software for Windows that automatically, wirelessly and continuously backs up music files, videos, photos, documents, files and folders on your machine with little or no user intervention...

    Freemium Windows iPhone iPad

Duplicati Comments

Don't recommend for huge backups.

Comment by Satuim
about Duplicati Sep 2016

I'm using Duplicati 1.3.4 and backing up 600gb of files (with encryption) is pretty slow. I might end up trying the 2.0 beta from GitHub. But as it stands now I'm going to keep on using Cobian Backup and rethink a better backup strategy. Maybe when a stable 2.0 get released I will make the switch.

Other then that it's a solid backup software with good security, give it a go! However I would break your backups down into smaller chunks and run them on different days of the week so your not wasting huge chunks of time backing up!


Duplicati 2.0 Preview is really nice

Positive Comment by ChrisWayg
about Duplicati and Microsoft OneDrive Apr 2016

As of April 2016 , Duplicati 2.0 Preview is already very usable and stable enough for everyday use. I really like, that it works with OneDrive which is included in an Office 365 subscription with 1TB storage space. Duplicati enables me to safely use this huge storage space for backups.


Best free+portable app: scheduling, VSS & clean-up backups 2 Helpful

Positive Comment by em4020
about Duplicati and SaftBackup, Uranium Backup, Personal Backup Aug 2012

Concerning scheduling, VSS and cleaning up file/folder-backups Duplicati is the best free and portable app for folder-backup-purposes with VSS. For backups of single files I prefer Uranium (portable) or Cobian backup. Uranium Backup has the very important VSS-ability only in the very expensive commercial version, Cobian BU is not portable and is not so good in time-scheduling. But the next Duplicati-version will have a new and better UI, where you can select single files without using regular expressions.
For a good backup functionality it is necessary to cleanup more/older than x backups (CLU) not only older backups than x months, and to configure the schedule of a backup also for each 2nd Monday 10:00 and to pause if the system is busy (Sch).

Comparison of file/folder backup applications:

Comparison ......... CLU . Sch . Language

SyncBack Free...... No ... Yes .. English only

Cobian Backup .... Yes .. No ... Many

Acronis True Im.... Yes .. Yes .. Many

Duplicati ...............Yes .. Yes .. Dan.,En.,Fr.,Germ.,Port.

Areca Backup ..... No .. Yes .. English only

Personal Backup .. No . Yes .. Engl.+German

Saft Backup .........Yes .. No .. Engl.+German

Duplicati is the best free and portable backup application:

Acronis True Image has all necessary functions, has multi-language UI and additionally can do harddisk images with best functions, but it is not free and it is not portable, so you need admin rights to install it.
Both Duplicati and Saft Backup can do backups with Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), but Saft Backup cannot do a backup on each second Monday and has no flexible file filter. Cobian Backup is very good, but has the big disadvantage, not to be able to schedule a backup e.g. monthly on each 2nd Tuesday and not to be portable.


Range of places impressive; cons: single archive, UI sucks

Comment by dcleal
about Duplicati and GFI Backup Jun 2011

The biggest limitation of Duplicati, as I see it, is that the target of the backup is always a single archive file. Many of the other tools in this space (for example, GFI Backup) can either create a compressed and/or encrypted archive (like Duplicati) OR, a replica of the local file system. This has the merit that tools like GFI Backup can be used for backing up OR for creating and maintaining a mirror.

Oh, and the UI sucks. To run a single back up task once, I have to right click on the system tray icon, then click "wizard", then click "run a backup immediately", then select my backup, then click "next", then click "finish".

That said, the range of places that Duplicati is capable of backing up to is impressive.

  • Dave

Soon improved: timestamp in backup filenames wrong

Positive Comment by em4020
about Duplicati and Microsoft OneDrive Jun 2011

Soon improved: Duplicati is the only backup-app, with timestamp in backup filenames 1/more hour(s) wrong
Since you are in a country with UTC+1, the time is "off" by one hour.
I live in Austria: Example for a Backup-File-Name:
Here 1617 is the wrong time of the backup, because the backup was done on 1717.
The wrong timestamp in the file name is confusing, and you should see at a glance, when the backup was done. Until version Jan-2011 the users in most countries (except with UTC 0) get a false information from the filename, it is necessary to create an option to use the local time in the filename, if the backup target is a local directory and not an online target (e.g. Amazon S3 or WebDAV, not MS Skydrive), which is also one of many very useful features of Duplicati.
Nearly all other backup apps use the correct time in the filename in each country.
Actually this is a unique disadvantage of duplicati. The develover of duplicati Kenneth Skovhede quickly picked up the feedback & promised to improve this little disadvantage of this excellent backup application (1):
I'll look into making an option for creating the files with local time format instead.



Easy way to translate this promising backup application

Positive Comment by em4020
about Duplicati and Microsoft OneDrive Jun 2011

Help to translate this promising backup application so that it can be used easier all over the world
The developer of duplicati (Kenneth Skovhede) on 2011-02-09 has opened a new and very easy way to translate the text strings of duplicati by editing Google Docs spreadsheets (1) through everybody, who is able and wants to contribute to the translation from english to his mother language. I think it would make sense to prioritize the Top Ten Internet Languages, see (2).
I personally will do a german translation of the 1232 english strings in the next weeks, because I have a very good opinion of this excellent backup software (completed 2011). I hope that it will be available also as a portable app in the future, and that it will be possible to store also on the free 25GB Microsofts Skydrive (realized since 2011).
On 2011-02-12 I have translated already 216 english strings or 18% to german, see the status page in (3).




[Edited by em4020 2012-08-01]


One good thing is that the installer- or more accurately th ...

Comment by NginUS
about Duplicati Jun 2011

One good thing is that the installer- or more accurately the uninstaller, only left behind 3 pieces of trash.


This was a letdown because it's settings mentioned the use ...

Comment by NginUS
about Duplicati Jun 2011

This was a letdown because it's settings mentioned the use of hash checks, presumably to be sure its not corrupting stuff.
But it errored as soon as I ran it, like this:
See the end of this message for details on invoking
just-in-time (JIT) debugging instead of this dialog box.

*** Exception Text ***
System.InvalidOperationException: DragDrop registration did not succeed. ---> System.Threading.ThreadStateException: Current thread must be set to single thread apartment (STA) mode before OLE calls can be made. Ensure that your Main function has STAThreadAttribute marked on it.
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.SetAcceptDrops(Boolean accept)
--- End of inner exception stack trace ---
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.SetAcceptDrops(Boolean accept)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.OnHandleCreated(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.TreeView.OnHandleCreated(EventArgs e)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WmCreate(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.TreeView.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.Control.ControlNativeWindow.WndProc(Message& m)
at System.Windows.Forms.NativeWindow.Callback(IntPtr hWnd, Int32 msg, IntPtr wparam, IntPtr lparam)

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