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A wrapper script for Restic backup software that inits, creates, prunes and checks backups

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runrestic is a simple Python wrapper script for the Restic backup software that initiates a backup, prunes any old backups according to a retention policy, and validates backups for consistency. The script supports specifying your settings in a declarative configuration file rather than having to put them all on the command-line, and handles common errors.

Example config

repositories = [


sources = [

keep-last =  3
keep-hourly =  5

For a more comprehensive example see the example.toml or check the schema.json

Getting started

Installing runrestic and restic

To install runrestic, run the following command to download and install it:

sudo pip3 install --upgrade runrestic

You can either manually download and install Restic or you can just run runrestic and it'll try to download it for you.

Initializing and running

Once you have restic and runrestic ready, you should put a config file in on of the scanned locations, namely:

  • /etc/runrestic.toml
  • /etc/runrestic/example.toml
  • ~/.config/runrestic/example.toml

Afterwards, run

runrestic init # to initialize all the repos in `repositories`

runrestic  # without actions will do: runrestic backup prune check
# or
runrestic [action]

Certain `restic` flags like `--dry-run/-n` are built into `runrestic` as well and will be passed to restic where applicable.

If, however, you need to pass along arbitrary other flags you can now add them to the end of your runrestic call like so:

runrestic backup -- --one-file-system

Prometheus / Grafana metrics

@d-matt created a nice dashboard for Grafana here:

systemd timer or cron

If you want to run runrestic automatically, say once a day, the you can configure a job runner to invoke it periodically.


If you're using systemd instead of cron to run jobs, download the sample systemd service file and the sample systemd timer file. Then, from the directory where you downloaded them:

sudo mv runrestic.service runrestic.timer /etc/systemd/system/
sudo systemctl enable runrestic.timer
sudo systemctl start runrestic.timer


If you're using cron, download the sample cron file. Then, from the directory where you downloaded it:

sudo mv runrestic /etc/cron.d/runrestic
sudo chmod +x /etc/cron.d/runrestic


  • v0.5! Expect breaking changes.
    • metrics output is a bit different
    • see new parallel and retry_* options.


This project was initially based on borgmatic but has since evolved into something else.

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