rsync Alternatives for Mac

    rsync is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac 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 Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to rsync are FreeFileSync (Free, Open Source), Duplicati (Free, Open Source), Rclone (Free, Open Source) and Restic (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Sep 11, 2021

      • 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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    1. MKSBackup is a free front-end for common backup tools like MS Windows ntbackup, and it successor wbadmin, Un*x tools like tar, but also popular ghettoVCB to backup Virtual Machine on VMware ESX(i) host.

      Discontinued

      The product seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.3, released in March 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    2. With Parachute you can backup your data to both local and remote locations, including your hard disk, external disks, FTP/SFTP servers, USB memory sticks, network volumes, your iDisk and pretty much anything your Mac can connect to.
    3. Light, secure, and efficient utility for backing up computers and external drives. Supports all major operating systems and all major storage/cloud providers
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Retriev.er - GUI for rsync written in Qt.
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    4. iGoUSB Backup is a portable plug'n use software solution that provides a simple, efficient and uncluttered way to save a copy of your computer files, documents, pictures, music and video files for the non-technical person.

      Discontinued

      It looks like this is no longer being worked on. You can get it from http://download.cnet.com/iGoUSB/3000-2242_4-75806006.html but all the links to their site, from here and at CNET are broken. The site 404's, but has been archived by the Wayback Machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20120625140728/http://www.igousb.com/

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    5. Rebel Backup lets you make encrypted backups of your important files offsite to Dropbox or Google Drive. You control what and how often is backed up, and the encryption happens locally on your computer.
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    6. The Crypt Sync Files Mac OS X encrypts / decrypts and synchronize files between local folders and USB Drive, memory cards, network drives, folders on Cloud services (Dropbox, etc.).
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      • Mac
      • Windows
      Immortal Files tracks the user's changes in files and copies only those files that were changed. Transactional backup - In the event of loss of connection or power your backup will always remain entirely intact and undamaged.
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    7. The Sync Folders Pro synchronizes any number of folders on the fly at the same time when there are changes, or connecting external drives at a set time or manually. The app sync folders with or without filter for folder names and / or file names.?
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      Sync Folders vs rsync opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Far better interface; fare more configurable
      Positive comment 7 months ago

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