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Duplicati

Duplicati is a backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on local storage, cloud storage services and remote file servers. The Duplic...

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Duplicati Features

  1.  Incremental BackupDuplicati supports incremental backups (only back up the changed or new-added data since the last backup).
  2.  Schedule BackupDuplicati supports scheduling of your backups at specific times or intervals.
  3.  Encrypted BackupDuplicati uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
  4.  Automatic BackupDuplicati will automatically back up your data periodically.
  5.  File VersioningDuplicati has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
  6.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
  7.  AES-256 EncryptionDuplicati has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.

Duplicati information

Supported Languages

  • English
  • French

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  •  8,165 Stars
  •  774 Forks
  •  913 Open Issues
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JohnFastman
  
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This review is based on the "experimental" version 2.0.

Duplicati is fantastic software for backing up your files. It works on Mac, Windows and Linux. You select a folder or folders for it to keep and eye on, and corresponding folders where your backed up files should end up. It then asks for a schedule - how often it should look for changes and make a backup. It can listen every six minutes or more. The interface is based in your internet browser, a little bit like SyncThing, but even smoother in the way it works.

Although Duplicati has built in support to talk directly to online Sync/backup services, such as Dropbox, this is a little unnecessary, since you can tell the clients of such services simply to watch out for a particular folder, and you can choose the destination folder discussed above.

More impressive is that Duplicati comes with optional encryption for your files. When choosing the folder the app is watching, you choose also the encryption option and a (hopefully strong) password. With that setup, Duplicati will not only produce a backed up verion of your files, but encrypt them along the way using the very strong AES-256 standard. This way, if the destination folder is being monitored by a backup or sync client (e.g. of Dropbox), only encrypted versions of your files will be put into the cloud. That is very important for maintaining your online privacy, because Dropbox and related services have access to all your files, and have been known to a) get hacked, b) pass on people's info (files included) to law enforcement. Duplicati even hides the size and structure of your files. If you use encryption to backup, say, a 700 Mb file (ahem), the encrypted output from Duplicati will be 14 x 50MB files, which are unreadable to anyone who doesn't have the password. Moreover, to restore a file from backup, you enter the password and it restores the file structure in a menu, so you can pick what you want from all the files you backed up without having to decrypt/restore everything (unless you want to).

The only comparable app to this is Cryptomator, which also encrypts on a file-by-file basis, but is more tuned to syncing than to backups. (Check that out also: it's excellent for protecting your privacy if you're using the Cloud.)

Duplicati is brilliant, and the developer deserves a medal. Or, if you prefer, a donation. It's really a great thing that software this useful is freely available and open source. Highly recommended.

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em4020
  
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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.

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endolith
  
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This seems very poorly designed.

You can try to backup ~2 TB of data and it says that it needs to backup 600 TB(!), probably from following recursive symlinks or something? There's no obvious way to find out where the links are or how to exclude them.

Or it tells you there's been an error, and when you click "Show" it shows a list of plain text dates that aren't obviously clickable. If you click one, it shows you a dump of json(?) code that means very little. You can search for "error" and try to find the errors that way.

If you've requested a folder to be backed up and the folder is then deleted, Duplicati just stops backing up anything! Your data could very easily be lost.

[Edited by endolith, July 16]

After months of using this, I've lowered my rating to the worst score. It's highly buggy and poorly-written, and there's little helpful support on their forum.

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MichaelTheGamer
  
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I Don't THINK So!!! For anyone unfamiliar with a Linux (-ubuntu) Installation-Helper program called Q-Apt, it looks at the .deb compressed files, examines what is needed such as other programs called Dependencies, I have to say that I have NEVER seen any program need that many...not even half that much (though close) but in order to install Duplicati, I would have to include 189 Dependencies!! NO program is worth that! Okay well maybe a couple of games, but this is not a game and if it was, I don't want to play! I am taking my ball and going home! This should have been called Multiplicati or Dupe-Like-Everybody . Okay, I am done now. Buh-Bye. And God Bless all who reads this, because just because I don't like something, does not give me the right to send anyone off in a worse mood than when they arrived at this site. Thanks.
MichaelTheGamer

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yotta
  
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It can save the backups into the most common cloud services.

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Tjeu
  
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About Duplicati 2.0 (beta) on Windows 10. The deduplication works really well, the storage space it takes up in the S3 bucket is lower than I expected. It is possible to restore just a single file from any backup version. Many settings can be customized, but the web interface remains simple to use. It can also use a temporary network share as source to be backed up.

Small complaints:

  • I would like more viewable statistics about retries when the network had temporary downtime during making backup.
  • Every time I edit and save the configuration, it asks to prepend the account ID to the S3 bucket name.
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ZetiX
  
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Easy to setup and backup your files with encryption to cloud storage you're already using.

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  • Backup Client
  • Backup
  • Backup to cloud
  • Online Backup
  • command-line-start
  • File Backup
  • vss
  • backup-folders
  • backup-open-files
  • backup-to-skydrive
  • cloud-storage-backup
  • backup-to-ftp
  • Backup and Restore

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Duplicati platform details

Windows

Requires .NET 4.5

Linux

Requires Mono (C# managed)

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    This review is based on the "experimental" version 2.0. Duplicati is fantastic software for backing up your files. It works on Mac, Windows and Linux. You select a folder or folders for it to keep and eye on, and corresponding folders where your backed up files should end up. It then asks for a schedule - how often it should look for changes and make a backup. It can listen every six minutes or more. The interface is based in your internet browser, a little bit like [SyncThing](https://alternativeto.net/software/syncthing/), but even smoother in the way it works. Although Duplicati has built in support to talk directly to online Sync/backup services, such as Dropbox, this is a little unnecessary, since you can tell the clients of such services simply to watch out for a particular folder, and you can choose the destination folder discussed above. More impressive is that Duplicati comes with optional encryption for your files. When choosing the folder the app is watching, you choose also the encryption option and a (hopefully strong) password. With that setup, Duplicati will not only produce a backed up verion of your files, but encrypt them along the way using the very strong AES-256 standard. This way, if the destination folder is being monitored by a backup or sync client (e.g. of Dropbox), only encrypted versions of your files will be put into the cloud. That is very important for maintaining your online privacy, because Dropbox and related services have access to all your files, and have been known to a) get hacked, b) pass on people's info (files included) to law enforcement. Duplicati even hides the size and structure of your files. If you use encryption to backup, say, a 700 Mb file (*ahem*), the encrypted output from Duplicati will be 14 x 50MB files, which are unreadable to anyone who doesn't have the password. Moreover, to restore a file from backup, you enter the password and it restores the file structure in a menu, so you can pick what you want from all the files you backed up without having to decrypt/restore everything (unless you want to). The only comparable app to this is [Cryptomator](https://alternativeto.net/software/cryptomator), which also encrypts on a file-by-file basis, but is more tuned to syncing than to backups. (Check that out also: it's excellent for protecting your privacy if you're using the Cloud.) Duplicati is brilliant, and the developer deserves a medal. Or, if you prefer, a donation. It's really a great thing that software this useful is freely available and open source. Highly recommended.
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