Restic is a modern backup program that can back up your files:
from Linux, BSD, Mac and Windows
to many different storage types, including self-hosted and online services
easily, being a single executable that you can run without a server or complex setup
effectively, only transferring the parts that actually changed in the files you back up
securely, by careful use of cryptography in every part of the process
verifiably, enabling you to make sure that your files can be restored when needed
freely - restic is entirely free to use and completely open source
A short recorded demo of restic:
To learn more about restic, checkout the user manual:
Backward compatibility for backups is important so that our users are always able to restore saved data. Therefore restic follows Semantic Versioning to clearly define which versions are compatible. The repository and data structures contained therein are considered the “Public API” in the sense of Semantic Versioning.
Once version 1.0.0 is released, we guarantee backward compatibility of all repositories within one major version; as long as we do not increment the major version, data can be read and restored. We strive to be fully backward compatible to all prior versions.
During initial development (versions prior to 1.0.0), maintainers and developers will do their utmost to keep backwards compatibility and stability, although there might be breaking changes without increasing the major version.
Contributions are welcome! More information can be found in the restic contribution guidelines. A document describing the design of restic and the data structures stored on disc is contained in the design document.
There are several ways to contact the restic project and its community:
irc.libera.chat, which you can access through your browser if you don’t have an IRC client installed. Please note that support questions are preferably asked in the forum.
Important: If you discover something that you believe to be a possible critical security problem, please do not open a GitHub issue but send an email directly to
email@example.com. If possible, please encrypt your email using PGP (CF8F18F2844575973F79D4E191A6868BD3F7A907).
The following talks have been given about restic:
For more information regarding restic development, have a look at our blog. The latest posts are:
29 Oct 2023 » Restic 0.16.2 Released
24 Oct 2023 » Restic 0.16.1 Released
31 Jul 2023 » Restic 0.16.0 Released
Restic is licensed under “BSD 2-Clause License”. You can find the complete text in the file