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Powerful Command-line File Transfer Programs
This article provides my pick of the best open source command line file transfer programs. The software featured here supports a number of different protocols. They offer shell-like command syntax, and are great for scripting purposes.

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Apache
The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows NT. The goal of this project is to provide a secure, efficient and extensible server that provides HTTP services in sync with the current HTTP standards. Apache has been the most popular web server on the Internet since April of 1996. The February 2005 Netcraft Web Server Survey found that more than 68% of the web sites on the Internet are using Apache, thus making it more widely used than all other web servers combined. Read more

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  • AMANDA
    Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver: a backup system that allows the administrator of a LAN to set up a single master backup server to back up multiple hosts to a single large capacity tape drive. AMANDA uses native dump and/or GNU tar facilities and can back up a large number of workstations running multiple versions of Unix. Read more hot
  • Bacula
    Bacula is a set of computer programs that permit you (or the system administrator) to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds. Read more hot
  • ftape
    ftape is a driver program that controls various low-cost tape drives that connect to the floppy controller. ftape is not a backup program as such; it is a device driver, which allows you to use your floppy tape drive. All versions of ftape are copyrighted under the GNU General Public License. hot
  • IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    IBM Tivoli Storage Manager enables you to protect your organization?s data from failures and other errors by storing backup, archive, space management and bare-metal restore data, as well as compliance and disaster-recovery data in a hierarchy of offline storage. hot
  • Mondo Rescue
    Mondo Rescue is a GPL disaster recovery solution. It supports Linux (i386, x86_64, ia64) and FreeBSD (i386). It's packaged for multiple distributions (RedHat, RHEL, SuSE, SLES, Mandriva, Debian, Gentoo). It supports tapes, disks, network and CD/DVD as backup media, multiple filesystems, LVM, software and hardware Raid. Mondo is in use by Lockheed-Martin, Nortel Networks, Siemens, HP (US and France), IBM, NASA's JPL, the US Dept of Agriculture, dozens of smaller companies, and tens of thousands of users. Read more hot
  • afBackup
    afbackup is a client-server backup system allowing many workstations to backup to a central server (simultaneously or serially). Backups can be started remotely from the server or via cron jobs on the the clients.
  • AllWorldIT DBackup
    AllWorldIT DBackup is a backup software package which creates one archive per directory it backs up. This makes searching through the backup much easier as you can look for which files you're after in the directory hierarchy. It will only backup directories which have changed, which makes it rsync friendly.
  • Amanda CDRW-Taper
    The Amanda CDRW-Taper is a drop-in replacement for the taper component of the Amanda backup system. CDRW-Taper makes it possible to dump backups to CD-RW, DVD+RW or DVD-RW instead of tape. CDRW-Taper is licensed under the GNU general public license.
  • Arkeia
    (commercial) Arkeia data protection software is designed to ease the life of system administrators while improving efficiency. Arkeia offers established backup solutions for departments and mid-size businesses utilizing Linux.
  • Arkeia Disaster Recovery
    (commercial) This add-on automatically rebuilds a backed up client (or the Arkeia backup server) from scratch with a simple bootable CD solution. It avoids a long, tedious setup that can take precious hours (or days) of a system administrator's valuable time.
  • Attic
    Attic is a deduplicating backup program written in Python. The main goal of Attic is to provide an efficient and secure way to backup data. The data deduplication technique used makes Attic suitable for daily backups since only actual changes are stored.
  • Back In Time
    Back In Time is a simple backup system for the GNOME desktop inspired by the "flyback project" and "TimeVault". The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories. All you have to do is configure: where to save snapshot, what directories to backup, and when a backup should be done (manually, every hour, every day, every week, or every month). It acts as a "user mode" backup system. This means that you can backup and restore only folders to which you have write access.
  • BackerUpper
    BackerUpper was designed to be a very simple to setup and maintain backup system. BackerUpper is intended to be executed by crond a little after midnight every day and performs a backup of the previous days changes.
  • Backshift
    Backshift is a deduplicating (variable-sized, content-based blocks), compressing (xz or bz2) backup program. Full saves and incrementals are pretty indistinct other than the amount of data transmitted, somewhat like with "rsync --link-dest" but without the huge number of hardlinks.
  • Backup Manager
    Backup Manager is a command line backup tool for GNU/Linux, designed to help you make daily archives of your file system. Written in bash and perl, it can make tar, tar.gz, tar.bz, and zip archives and can be run in a parallel mode with different configuration files.
  • Backup Professional
    (commercial) A backup and recovery solution that sports a GUI interface that runs under a wide variety of operating systems including Linux.
  • backup2l
    backup2l is a lightweight command line tool for generating, maintaining and restoring backups on a mountable file system (e.g. hard disk). The main design goals are are low maintenance effort, efficiency, transparency and robustness. In a default installation, backups are created autonomously by a cron script.
  • BackupEDGE
    (commercial) Software that has the following features: Disaster Recovery (Floppy, CD, DVD, REVtm, OBDRtm, DRTapetm) (Including BootableBackupstm for Tape, CD/DVD and REV), Encrypted Archives, Graphical, Character, and Web-Based User Interface and more.
  • Backupninja
    Backupninja allows you to coordinate system backup by dropping a few simple configuration files into /etc/backup.d/.
  • BackupSW
    (commercial) A practical backup solution for personal computers. It is designed for easy recovery of files, it does not use any special devices or proprietary file formats. BackupSW is a multi-platform application.
  • BAR
    BAR is backup archiver program to create compressed and encrypted archives of files.
  • Bareos
    Bareos (Backup Archiving REcovery Open Sourced) is a fork of the backup project from bacula.org.
  • BASTRAMA
    Bastrama is a command-line tool to manage backup files that are stored on random access memory (e.g. hard drives). It implements an infinite grandfather-father-son strategy by deleting a defined subset of the backup files, therefore saving storage space while still keeping some of the older backups in case something went wrong (and needs to be restored from) a long time ago.
  • Bigsync
    Bigsync is a tool to incrementally backup a big file to a slow destination (think network media or a cheap NAS). The most common cases for bigsync are disk images or virtual OSes or encrypted volumes.
  • Box Backup
    Box Backup is an open source, completely automatic on-line backup system for UNIX: no tape or archive devices are used, all data is encrypted, and only changes within files are sent to the server, just like rsync.
  • BRU Server
    (commercial) BRU Server for Linux is a native Linux backup software solution that protects critical information residing across your client/server network served by a Linux server system. BRU Server for Linux continues the heritage of providing Ultra-reliable Linux backup that began in 1994.
  • Burp
    Burp is a backup and restore program. It uses librsync in order to save on the amount of space that is used by each backup. It also uses VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) to make snapshots when backing up Windows computers.
  • c42 Backup Suite
    The c42-backup suite is a simple python program for maintaining a central backup in a small, but distributed environment with a central file share. Basically it is a wrapper around the tar backup facility.
  • CDBackup
    CDBackup is a utility designed to make backups to CD- R(W) media easier. It is designed to work with any backup and restore software that can read from stdin,write to stdout, and can handle linear devices such as tape drives. Dump/restore, cpio, afio, and tar should all work fine.
  • cdbkup
    cdbkup is a professional-grade open-source package for backing up filesystems onto CD-Rs or CD-RWs. It supports full or incremental backups, results are stored as GNU tarballs on ISO 9660 filesystems.
  • Cedar Backup
    Cedar Backup is a Python package that supports backups of files on local and remote hosts to CD-R or CD-RW media over a secure network connection. Cedar Backup also includes extensions that understand how to back up MySQL databases and Subversion repositories, and it can be easily extended to support other data sources as well.
  • CloneIt
    Created to copy and essentially clone harddisks of identical PCs through a network. This is a common task when installing server racks or farms or updating a computer-lab setup where one deals with identical machines.
  • confstore
    Confstore is a configuration backup utility. Confstore scans your system for all recognised configuration files and then stores them in a simple archive. Confstore can also read these archives, restore configuration from them, upload them to a FTP server, mail them to an email account, encrypt them and maintain a master archive of all of them.
  • cpio
    GNU cpio copies files into or out of a cpio or tar archive. The archive can be another file on the disk, a magnetic tape, or a pipe. GNU cpio supports the following archive formats: binary, old ASCII, new ASCII, crc, HPUX binary, HPUX old ASCII, old tar, and POSIX.1 tar.
  • Crackup
    Crackup is a pretty simple, pretty secure remote backup solution for folks who want to keep their data securely backed up but aren't particularly concerned about bandwidth usage. Crackup is ideal for backing up lots of small files, but somewhat less ideal for backing up large files, since any change to a file means the entire file must be transferred.
  • Cronopete
    Cronopete is an Apple's Time Machine clone for Linux. It aims to mimic Time Machine as closely as possible.
  • dar
    dar is a shell command that backs up directory trees and files. It has been tested under Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD, and NetBSD, and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). Read more
  • dbackup
    dbackup is a disk-based client-server backup system for Linux or other UNIX systems. It works on the principal that disks are cheaper and more reliable than tapes.
  • dds2tar
    dds2tar can find any file within an archive on a DAT tape and start the extraction within 40 seconds on HP-DAT tape drives and other devices.
  • Deduplicator
    Deduplicator is a simple and efficient data deduplicator that works by hard linking files that have the same content.
  • DIASER
    Distributed Internet Archive System for Educational Repositories (DIASER) is an advanced backup volume management system with triple redundancy. A quick and low-cost way to make an environment more robust by backing up data in multiple places.
  • DIBS
    Distributed Internet Backup System works by doing all its communication through email. The benefit of using email for transport is that clients behind firewalls or with intermittent connections to the Internet can use DIBS reliably.
  • dkopp
    Dkopp is a program for copying or backing up disk files to DVD. Full or incremental backups can be made, with full or incremental DVD verification. Dkopp uses a GUI to navigate through directories to select or de-select files or directories at any level. Backup jobs can be saved for recurring use. New, deleted, and updated files are handled automatically, without re-editing the backup job. An incremental backup updates the same DVD used for a prior full backup. Large backup jobs can be done using multiple DVDs. A GUI restore function is also provided. Differences between disk and DVD can be reported in total, by directory and by file.
  • DragonDisk
    DragonDisk is a file manager for the Amazon S3 service. It will back up, share, and organize your data thanks to an intuitive interface.
  • Dump/restore
    Dump examines files in a filesystem, determines which ones need to be backed up, and copies those files to a specified disk, tape or other storage medium. Subsequent incremental backups can then be layered on top of the full backup.
  • dupli.back
    dupli.back is a backup tool built around the Duplicity backup engine. It's designed to enable users to easily create and manage backups on removable media such as external USB hard disks.
  • Duplicity
    Duplicity backs up directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server.
  • 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.
  • Eloy Backup System
    Eloy is a command line backup system. You simply define the directories to back up, and Eloy does partial backups of all changes. You can easily list all changes and restore older versions of files and directories.
  • ESR Backup
    ESR Backup is a simple easy to use backup system for UNIX and Linux. It provides a simple, easy to configure solution for file system integrity. It works on an automatic 2 week cycle to assure you have an easy to recover system. ESR Backup is completely free to use and is distributed under the ARTISTIC license.

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