Robocopy Alternatives for Linux

    Robocopy is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is FreeFileSync, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Robocopy and ten of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Robocopy are rsync (Free, Open Source), Unison (Free, Open Source), Ultracopier (Freemium, Open Source) and SuperCopier (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 18, 2020

    1. FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.
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      Almost everyone thinks FreeFileSync is a great alternative to Robocopy.
    2. 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.
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      Included by default in most linux distros
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    3. Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows.
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      • FreemiumOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      SuperCopier replaces Windows explorer file copy and adds many features: Transfer resuming, transfer speed control, transfer speed computation, better transfer progress display, faster transfers, copy list editable while transferring.
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    4. SuperCopier replaces Windows explorer file copy and adds many features: Transfer resuming, transfer speed control, transfer speed computation, better transfer progress display, faster transfers, copy list editable while transferring.

      Discontinued

      The official website states "Deprecated, use Ultracopier".
      SuperCopier 1.4.0.8 was built 2016-01-02.

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    5. checksum is an easy-to-use, no-nonsense BLAKE2, SHA1 & MD5 hashing program for Windows, capable of creating & verifying hashes of files and folders, even whole drives, with just one or two clicks. It is robust, lightning fast, intuitive, and completely customizable.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      MiniCopier is a multi-platform graphical copy manager. It lets you queue different transfers, resume a copy that has failed, limit the speed or pause the copy. If a transfer fails, an error is logged and the rest of the queue is treated.

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 0.5, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Lsyncd watches a local directory trees event monitor interface (inotify or fsevents). It aggregates and combines events for a few seconds and then spawns one (or more) process(es) to synchronize the changes. By default this is rsync.
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    6. Zaloha_Snapshot is an add-on script to Zaloha to create hardlink-based snapshots of the backup directory (condition: hardlinks must be supported by the underlying filesystem type). This allows to create Time Machine-like backup solutions.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Zaloha is a small and simple directory synchronizer: * Zaloha is a BASH script that uses only FIND, SORT and AWK. * All you need is the Zaloha.sh file (contains ~76 kB of program code and ~78 kB of documentation).
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