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storeBackup is a backup utility that stores files on other disks. It's able to compress data, and recognize copying and moving of files and directories (deduplication), and unifies the advantages of traditional full and incremental backups. It can handle big image files with block-wise changes efficiently. Depending on its contents, every file is stored only once on disk. Tools for analyzing backup data and restoring are provided. Once archived, files are accessible by mounting file systems (locally, or via Samba or NFS). It is easy to install and configure. Additional features are backup consistency checking, offline backups, and replication of backups.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  20 Apr 2014 07:57

    Release Notes: You now can use wildcards for the option otherBackupSeries and for replication. The option stayInFileSystem has beeń added to limit the areas to back up. See Chapter "What's new" and ChangeLog for other changes.

    •  10 Nov 2013 10:06

      Release Notes: now supports colors. A bug regarding deduplication regarding "blocked files" is fixed.

      •  26 Sep 2013 14:31

        Release Notes: This release adds support for handling sparse files and progress reports based on periods of time.

        •  08 Sep 2013 06:21

          Release Notes: This version delivers some bugfixes plus the new chapter "Internals" in the documentation.

          •  28 Jul 2013 06:44

            Release Notes: This version adds the ability to select via special marker files whether files in directories are backed up or compressed. It's possible to store special files in archives if your target file system doesn't allow you to store them natively. There are minor fixes.

            Recent comments

            13 Oct 2009 19:21 dmurphca

            Can anyone give me an approximate expected time to backup a ~40 GB opensuse box?

            I just installed storeBackup and created a configuration file mirroring closely the "backup entire linux installation" section in the manual.

            I was able to successfully backup small test directory structures. When I try to run the entire machine backup it makes progress but then at a certain point (after say 20 minutes) the log file stops updating. It has now been running for about 21 hours, and I can't tell if it is stalled or just taking a long time. The last line in the log is:

            PROGRESS 2009.10.12 18:26:09 8472 reading directories at depth 4

            Any thoughts much appreciated,


            19 Jul 2009 08:59 hjclaes

            Please send an email describing your problem to me directly, so we can track it down.

            24 May 2009 01:03 billmrn

            I really like the idea of storebackup. It seems to provide almost all of the features I need in a backup program and I've looked at a lot of alternatives. However, I have a problem. I've backed up the home directory of one of my machines (call it machine A) onto a remote machine using latelinks and then have run on the remote machine. All of this seemed to work fine. Then I tried to backup another machine (machine B) which has significant numbers of files in common with machine A,again with the latelink option. That backup too seemed to have worked. But when I run with the interactive and autorepair options on B's backup directory (which I was forced to do because it would not run otherwise) I keep getting a message saying that it is "repeating consistency check" and an error saying "1 directory <name_of_backup_directory> has no linkFrom entry" followed by an autorepair. This process has been running for over a week now. The messages give me no indication that the program is not in a loop, since it does not show whether it is fixing different entries. How can I find out whether this process is ever going to finish?

            04 Apr 2004 10:42 thecivvie

            Not on SF
            The latest version doesn't seem to be on any SF download server including osdn


            25 Oct 2002 01:39 hjclaes

            Re: Latest Release

            > Can you upload the files to SF so I can
            > try your software as thet currnet ones
            > are 0 bytes long.

            Sorry. I can and will do this in about 12 hours. The release software at sourceforge didn't work properly that day and I believed everything was okay when I saw the file name ...


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