Open Source Cobian Backup Alternatives for Windows

    There are many alternatives to Cobian Backup for Windows and since it's discontinued a lot of people are looking for a replacement. The best open source Windows alternative is Duplicati. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Cobian Backup and 13 are open source and available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source Windows alternatives to Cobian Backup are DirSync Pro (Free, Open Source), Toucan (Free, Open Source), Synkron (Free, Open Source) and rdiff-backup (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 19, 2021

    1. Duplicati is a backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on local storage, cloud storage services and remote file servers. The Duplicati project was inspired by Duplicity and had similar functionality until 2008.
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      Most users think Duplicati is a great alternative to Cobian Backup.
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    2. DirSync Pro is a small, but powerful utility for file and folder synchronization. DirSync Pro can be used to synchronize the content of one or many folders recursively. Use DirSync Pro to easily synchronize files from your desktop PC to your USB-stick.
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    3. Toucan is a small portableapp utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in suite utilities. It is split up into 7 tabs, allowing you to easily find the function that you want.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
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      Synkron is an application for folder synchronisation and folder-backups that allows you to configure your synchronisations in detail. Despite having many features, the user interface of Synkron is very user-friendly and easy to use.

      Discontinued

      Last Update: 2014-10-11, see https://sourceforge.net/projects/synkron/

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    4. rdiff-backup backs up one directory to another, possibly over a network. The target directory ends up a copy of the source directory, but extra reverse diffs are stored in a special subdirectory of that target directory, so you can still recover files lost some time ago.
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    5. 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, and locate the USB drive called...

      Discontinued

      The project is on a long hiatus. Last version, 6.0, released in March 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    6. Areca Backup is a file backup software which can be run on Windows or Linux. It creates backup copies (which can be encrypted and compressed) of your files and stores them on external drives, USB keys, FTP servers, supporting incremental, differential and full backups.

      Discontinued

      Last Update: 2015-08-26. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/areca/

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    7. AutoVer is a configurable automatic or real time backup and personal versioning system. It can be used as a simple real time backup or as a more complex, but transparent version control system (like a realtime incremental backup).

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 2.2.1, released in April 2014, can be still downloded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      fwbackups is a feature-rich user backup program that allows you to backup your documents anytime, anywhere. It is completely free to download and use without any sort of trial or restrictions.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.43.4, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Solaris
      Snap Backup is a utility for individual computer users who need a simple and convenient way to backup their valuable files. It is available in Dutch, English, Esperanto, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Slovene.
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