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rsync Alternatives for Linux

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

rsync alternatives are mainly File Sync Tools but may also be Backup Clients or File Copy Utilities. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of rsync.
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  1. Syncthing icon

    Syncthing

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    • F-Droid
    • Cloudron
    117 alternatives to Syncthing 

    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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    1.  DecentralizedSyncthing is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  End-to-End EncryptionSyncthing has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    3.  LightweightSyncthing consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  Dark ModeSyncthing supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  Command line interfaceSyncthing either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    Syncthing vs rsync opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Syncthing is a great alternative to rsync.
    ikaz

    Cannot sync between 2 local directories.

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  2. FreeFileSync icon

    FreeFileSync

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    • Chocolatey
    • Flathub
    93 alternatives to FreeFileSync 

    FreeFileSync is a folder comparison and synchronization software that creates and manages backup copies of all your important files. Instead of copying every file every time, FreeFileSync determines the differences between a source and a target folder and transfers only the...

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    1.  File VersioningFreeFileSync has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
    2.  PortableFreeFileSync can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  Command line interfaceFreeFileSync either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    4.  Dark ModeFreeFileSync supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    5.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in FreeFileSync without registration.
    6.  DecentralizedFreeFileSync is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    7.  Works OfflineFreeFileSync can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    8.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    FreeFileSync vs rsync opinions
    Most users think FreeFileSync is a great alternative to rsync.


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    Duplicati

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    125 alternatives to Duplicati 

    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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    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.
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    wildwestrom

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

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    Guest

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

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    Rclone

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Solaris
    • FreeBSD
    • NetBSD
    • OpenBSD
    73 alternatives to Rclone 

    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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    1.  Command line interfaceRclone either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  LightweightRclone consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Almost everyone thinks Rclone is a great alternative to rsync.
    Guest

    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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  5. Restic icon

    Restic

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Arch Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenBSD
    41 alternatives to Restic 

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

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    1.  Encrypted BackupRestic uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    2.  Incremental BackupRestic supports incremental backups (only back up the changed or new-added data since the last backup).
    3.  Command line interfaceRestic either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    4.  Schedule BackupRestic supports scheduling of your backups at specific times or intervals.
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  6. Déjà Dup icon

    Déjà Dup

    86 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  Encrypted BackupDéjà Dup uses encryption algorithms to keep your files safe as well as prevent unauthorized access.
    2.  Schedule BackupDéjà Dup supports scheduling of your backups at specific times or intervals.
    3.  Incremental BackupDéjà Dup supports incremental backups (only back up the changed or new-added data since the last backup).
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    SyncBack

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    86 alternatives to SyncBack 

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

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    1.  Schedule BackupSyncBack supports scheduling of your backups at specific times or intervals.
    2.  AES-256 EncryptionSyncBack has AES-256 Encryption, i.e. very strong security.
    3.  File VersioningSyncBack has a version system that lets you view and go back to older versions of the project/file/document.
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    SyncBack vs rsync opinions
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    Guest

    Only supports insecure remote backups, very irresponsible

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  8. Unison File Synchronizer icon

    Unison File Synchronizer

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    51 alternatives to Unison File Synchronizer 

    Unison is a file-synchronization tool for POSIX-compliant systems (e.g. *BSD and GNU/Linux), macOS and Windows, with the caveat that the platform must be supported by OCaml. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or diffe.

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    1.  Command line interfaceUnison File Synchronizer either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    2.  DecentralizedUnison File Synchronizer is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    3.  Works OfflineUnison File Synchronizer can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Selective SynchronizationUnison File Synchronizer allows you to pick which files are synced between the server and your devices.
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    DirSync Pro

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    89 alternatives to DirSync Pro 

    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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    1.  Incremental BackupDirSync Pro supports incremental backups (only back up the changed or new-added data since the last backup).
    2.  Command line interfaceDirSync Pro either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
    Discontinued

    No activity/development anymore. Last stable version from 2018-03-07, last development version from 2018-12-28.

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    Back In Time

    • Linux
    49 alternatives to Back In Time 

    Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux, inspired by "FlyBack project".

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    1.  Incremental BackupBack In Time supports incremental backups (only back up the changed or new-added data since the last backup).
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