Open Source Storage: 54 Tools for Backup and Recovery: Page 2

Find free network and cloud backup software, as well as tools for backing up a single system and compression utilities.


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28. Duplicity

Based on the librsync library, Duplicity creates encrypted archives and uploads them to remote or local servers. It can use GnuPG to encrypt and sign archives if desired. Operating System: Linux

29. FullSync

This highly customizable tool was designed for developers but can be used by anyone. It's a good option for pushing updated content to your Web server as well as making backups of data. Operating System: Linux, Windows, OS X

30. FlyBack

This app aims to recreate Apple's TimeMachine for Linux users. It includes a very simple GUI for creating backups and restoring back to a particular point in time. Operating System: Linux

31. Obnam

Designed to be easy-to-use and secure, Obnam creates snapshot backups and stores them online or on local disks. Key features include encryption and data de-duplication. Operating System: Linux

32. Redo

"So simple that anyone can use it," Redo boasts that it can do bare metal restores in as little as 10 minutes. Extremely popular, it has been downloaded more than 750,000 times. Operating System: Windows, Linux

33. Rsnapshot

As you might expect from the name, this utility makes a snapshot of your file system for remote or local backup. According to the website, it can be set up in just a few minutes. Operating System: Linux, OS X

34. SMS Backup+

Forked from SMS Backup, This tool transfers texts and call logs from an Android phone to a Gmail account. It can also restore texts back to a mobile device. Operating System: Android

35. SnapBackup

Designed to be as easy to use as possible, SnapBackup backs up files with just one click. It can copy files to a flash drive, external hard drive or the cloud, and it includes compression capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

36. Synkron

This cross-platform tool can keep files and folders synchronized across devices. It offers a variety of configuration options including blacklisting for files or folders you don't want to be updated. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

37. Win32DiskImager

Averaging more than 50,000 downloads every week, this tool is a very popular way to copy a disk image to a new machine. It's very useful for systems administrators and developers. Operating System: Windows

Online Data Storage/Cloud Backup

38. CloudStore

Similar to DropBox, CloudStore synchronizes files between multiple devices or on cloud computing services. It's fast, flexible and uses strong encryption with a password-less authentication mechanism. Operating System: Linux


Designed for Amazon Web Services users, DREBS stands for "Disaster Recovery for Elastic Block Store." It runs on Amazon's EC2 services and takes snapshots of EBS volumes for disaster recovery purposes. Operating System: Linux

40. Duplicati

Duplicati is a backup client designed for use with a cloud computing service like Amazon, Azure, Google or Rackspace. It includes AES-256 encryption capabilities and a built-in scheduler. It was inspired by, but not forked from, Duplicity. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

41. DuraCloud

Released under an Apache license, DuraCloud is both a free open source project and a paid service of the same name. It claims to be "the only service that makes it easy to move copies of your content into the cloud and store them with several different providers, all with just one click." Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

42. FTPbox

With this tool you can set up your own FTP-based alternative to Dropbox. It's available in multiple languages and includes the option of SFTP or FTPS for secure file transfer. Operating System: Windows

43. Pydio

Pydio, which used to be called AjaXplorer, is a file sync and sharing solution designed for enterprises and service providers. Commercial support is available. Operating System: Windows, Linux (Android and iOS clients available)

44. Seafile

With Seafile you can set up your own private cloud storage server or use their hosted service that is free for up to 1GB. It includes file syncing capabilities that are helpful for backup and recovery. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

45. SparkleShare

SparkleShare creates a special folder on your computer that will be automatically kept in sync with remotely hosted folders. It can serve as an alternative to DropBox, as a backup solution or as a team collaboration tool for developers. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

46. Syncany

Security-focused Syncany can securely transfer files to the cloud computing service of your choice. It's still an alpha release in the early stages of development, but there is a usable download. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

47. Syncthing

Syncthing was designed to be a secure and private alternative to public cloud backup and synchronization services. It offers strong encryption and authentication capabilities and includes an easy-to-use GUI. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android

48. Unison

Another file synchronization tool, Unison can handle changes made to multiple copies of a file at the same time, making it a good option for distributed development teams or enterprise collaboration as well as for backup needs. It can work cross-platform and transfers files via SSH. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X,


49. 7-zip

In order to save space, most users compress their backup files. 7-zip can compress files up to 70 percent smaller than the well-known WinZip utility. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

50. ArcConvert

This award-winning tool converts files saved in one file format to other file formats. It supports a wide array of file types and languages. Operating System: Windows

51. ArcThemALL!

This batch compression utility supports WinZip and 7-Zip file formats as well as its own UPX archive file format. Key features include self-extracting archives, AES-256 encryption, multiple language support and portability. Operating System: Windows

52. J7Z

This tool offers the same functionality at 7-Zip with a slightly different interface. It was designed to speed up the compression process for certain types of jobs. Operating System: Windows

53. Keka

Based on the same core engine as 7-zip, Keka can compress to seven different archive formats and extracts from thirteen more. It includes password-protected encryption capabilities. Operating System: OS X

54. PeaZip

Extremely powerful and flexible, PeaZip supports more than 150 different archive file formats. It also includes encryption, two-factor authentication, password management, split and merge, and secure deletion capabilities. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X

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