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rbackupd is a backup program for linux using rsync. It creates “snapshots” of the filesystem that contain all files and directories of that filesystem at the time of the snapshot. To reduce the required disk space, files that have not changed since the last snapshot are hardlinked into the new snapshot.

You can specify multiple intervals in which snapshots will be created, and a maximum number of backups that should be kept for every interval. Intervals can be given in a cron-like format, which means you have great flexibility in specifiying these intervals.

Thanks to rsync, rbackupd will preserve hard links, special files such as named sockets and fifos, device files, permissions, ownership, modification times, ACLs and extended attributes.

As the snapshots are neither compressed nor encrypted by rbackupd, every user can access all files owned by him without requiring root privileges.

rbackupd is written in python, for version 3.3.


  • a POSIX compatible operating system
  • rsync v2.5.7 or later
  • python v3.3 or later
  • a filesystem supporting hardlinks


rbackupd <configuration file>


Look into doc/ for more detailed documentation.


See INSTALL for installation information.


See AUTHORS for a list of authors.


See CHANGELOG for a complete changelog.


rbackupd is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3. See LICENSE for a copy of the GPL.

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