Just wanted to mention here that Relica, a backup service I’ve been working on heavily for the last 6 months, is now version 1.0: https://relicabackup.com/blog/relica-1_0
Relica uses restic for its archival and restore operations, so you can restore your data using only restic if you need to. Relica takes care of running restic on a schedule correctly – many scripts I’ve seen here and elsewhere that automate restic are nice and convenient, but have the potential to lose data if they run
prune at the wrong times () – but Relica won’t.
I started working on this after CrashPlan announced the retirement of their Home product, as I realized I’d need a suitable replacement for my whole family, and their families. Even CrashPlan wasn’t a perfect fit (not for my own needs), so I decided to make Relica. At first, it was “just” going to be a web UI over restic, but then I realized I wanted it to be more accessible and usable by non-technical users who don’t know how to clone open source projects and get started with something from GitHub.
I also wanted a fancy managed cloud backup solution so that my family wouldn’t need to set up their own B2 or S3 accounts, etc. And I wanted to back up to multiple cloud providers without uploading my data more than once (we have slow Internet access).
So Relica was born. And today it’s version 1.0. Now you can back up to local disk, friends’ computers (or other computers on your own account that have Relica installed), the Relica Cloud, or your own cloud accounts, including SFTP and WebDAV.
Anyway, I don’t mean to merely advertise, but I wanted to show the community something that we built around restic. Feel free to try it, or find some inspiration for your own projects. And all the restic contributors – especially @fd0 – should be very pleased with their work. Restic is very well-engineered. We have a lot of compliments about how fast restic is when backing up locally, something that other projects haven’t been able to excel at. (I suspect restic’s snapshot model, as opposed to “continuous” backup, is one factor.) Restic is also to blame for good security and privacy: only you can read your data, even when backing up to friends’ computers.
Relica also has a nice CLI (something we designed carefully – it has the full functionality of the web UI) so you can use it over SSH.
Thanks to all who made this possible. Relica (and ultimately restic) are replacing my entire family’s backup stack now.