What software do you recommend for using Amazon S3 as a placeholder for daily backups?

I need it to be fully automated, and easy to restore data.

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JungleDisk, now owned by Rackspace

  • I've been using JungleDisk for nearly 18 months now, it's brilliant! – saschabeaumont May 26 '09 at 5:21
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    JungleDisk has really gone downhill since Rackspace has bought it. There is virtually no support or sign of life and I would not be surprised if the product will be discontinued soon. I would definitely not recommend choosing JungleDisk as a backup solution at this point, until things are cleared up. – Aron Rotteveel Jan 20 '12 at 21:57

Duplicity, is a close match for existing rsync solutions, using S3 as the target

  • +1 very reliable and open source tool - also GUI's for windows and ubuntu from 3rd parties that are well made. Unfortunately the GUI's for OS X are too buggy at the time of writing. – t.mikael.d Mar 5 '13 at 19:29

Deja Dup is a graphical frontend to duplicity that can target Amazon S3. It schedules regular backups, and offers incremental backups and encryption.

  • Note: Only for Ubuntu/linux. – t.mikael.d Mar 5 '13 at 19:27

The best free script for S3 backup is s3cmd.

For better options, you should use the svn version:

svn co https://s3tools.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/s3tools/s3cmd/trunk/

  • I'll 2nd this. A very flexible tool and easy to add to scripts. – Ian Purton Dec 5 '10 at 19:51

I use S3Sync. Works great!

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    I was most excited about s3sync, but found it buggy. For example, it transferred the same files over and over, instead of skipping them. – Artem Russakovskii May 24 '09 at 22:34
  • Seconded, I used s3sync extensively to push offline backups to s3 but found it to be unreliable, often failing mid backup due to poor error handling – Dave Cheney May 25 '09 at 0:14
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    Apparently s3sync is no longer being developed - according to s3sync.net/wiki – Hamish Downer May 10 '11 at 15:59

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