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Free rsync Alternatives

The best free alternative to rsync is Syncthing, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to rsync and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to rsync are FreeFileSync, Duplicati, Rclone and Restic.

rsync alternatives are mainly File Sync Tools but may also be Cloud Storage Services or Online Backup Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of rsync.
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  • FreeOpen Source
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  • BSD
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  1. Syncthing icon

    Syncthing

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron

    Syncthing replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy and decentralized. Your data is your data alone and you deserve to choose where it is stored.

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    Almost everyone thinks Syncthing is a great alternative to rsync.
    ikaz

    Cannot sync between 2 local directories.

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  2. FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files.

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    Most users think FreeFileSync is a great alternative to rsync.


  3. 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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    wildwestrom

    Duplicati is not discontinued anymore. There is a 2.0 version in beta.

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    Duplicati does not transfer raw files, it only transfers zips of files

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  4. Rclone ("rsync for cloud storage") is a command-line program to sync files and directories to and from different cloud storage providers.

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    Almost everyone thinks Rclone is a great alternative to rsync.

    Supports a wide variety of cloud services, easy to set up with most I've tried.

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    varian93

    It works very well on many platforms. The only complaint is that, much like rsync, you have to familiarize yourself with a bunch of "command line" parameters to be able to use it.

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    Restic

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Arch Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenBSD

    restic is a program that does backups right. The design goals are: Easy, Fast, Verifiable, Secure, Efficient, Free.

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    Déjà Dup

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    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.

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  7. SyncBack is a tool to backup, synchronize, and restore data files.

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    Only supports insecure remote backups, very irresponsible

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  8. Unison is a file-synchronization tool for Unix and Windows.

    Unison running in KDE terminal window
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    SyncToy

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SyncToy is a free PowerToy designed by Microsoft, that provides an easy to use graphical user interface that can automatically synchronize local or network files and folders, but not WebDAV-, "Windows Mobile" files or folders and no triangle-sync as only Allway Sync...

    Discontinued

    Latest version 2.1 published on 11/24/2009

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  10. SyncFolders helps you to synchronize the contents of two folders, including any subfolders, track file modifications and deletions in a local database, propagate deletions and detect file renames, which is a noteworthy feature.

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