The restic project turns four!


Four years ago on 2014-04-06 fd0 added the first commit to what would later become the restic repository. At the time it was code-named khepri, but unfortunately the name wasn’t available on GitHub any more, so we had to find a different one.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at


Perhaps unintended, my big benefit from the project is that you convinced me that de-duplication reduces storage so much that compression becomes less important. Previously, compression was my requirement for a backup application. With that blinker removed from my eyes, many more solutions became available, including restic.

Thanks devs, I now use restic everywhere. Couple restic with Backblaze’s B2 and you have an affordable offsite backup solution suitable for home as well as for production requirements.