Hi! I wanted to use restic to backup from a windows computer to a linux sftp server.
I found some hints in serveral threads, i just wanted to share my commands with you.
I did not use the Windows 10 implementation of OpenSSH because some older windows server systems do not have it.
Step 1: install putty via the installer https://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/latest.html
It will install plink.exe which we will need.
Step 2: Create a public/private keypair and install the public key of the server. Do NOT set a password for the private key
You can find hints how to do it here:
(or google some more links - I am not allow to post more than two links here)
Check with putty that you can login to the server without the need for a password
Download restic for windows, I renamed the exe to restic.exe
Step4: Connect to the SFTP Server by using plink.exe
These are the commands that worked for me:
Login with private key to init a repo (replace init at the end with your restic command)
Here: username = demo
C:\Users\Peter2\Desktop\restic\restic.exe -o sftp.command="'C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\plink.exe' -s -l demo -P 22 -i 'C:\Users\Peter2\Desktop\restic\private.ppk' 192.168.1.190 sftp" -r sftp:email@example.com:/home/demo/restic init
Please be careful with the use of double quotes " and single ’ quotes. the sftp.command is surrounded by double quotes " and the path to plink and the path to the ppk-file are surrounded by single quotes ’ !
Here is version for use with a password:
C:\Users\Peter2\Desktop\restic\restic.exe -o sftp.command="'C:\Program Files (x86)\PuTTY\plink.exe' -s -l demo -P 22 -pw 12345 192.168.1.190 sftp" -r sftp:firstname.lastname@example.org:/home/demo/restic init
(Use stats instead of init at the end for testing).
Then use your normal restic commands.