Fast and easy backups with Restic and Jarg

Simplicity

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Restic and the Jarg front end appeal to users who want to see quick results without too much overhead.

Restic [1] is a cross-platform backup tool that is simple, quick, and easy to learn. Versions of Restic run on macOS, Windows, and BSD, as well as Linux. A graphical front end called Jarg [2] extends Restic to users who are more comfortable in a GUI.

Restic focuses on flexibility and ease of handling. Instead of entering long lines of cryptic parameters, you can save data with just a few simple commands. But the tool still keeps all options open for you. You can preserve your data in the cloud and also on local media. If you need to, you can use SFTP to control a file server on the LAN as a storage location. Because Restic is implemented as a command-line tool, you can include it in scripts and time-control jobs with cron.

Restic automatically encrypts the backups in line with the AES-256 standard. It can handle incremental backups where it will only save the changed data after an initial full backup. Restic also offers a deduplication feature to avoid redundant data. The ability to verify backups helps users check that the data is backed up without error.

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