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Grsync is an open source rsync GUI (Graphical User Interface) which works on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. Rsync is the well-known and powerful command line directory and file synchronization tool.

You can use it for easily data backup. For instance, since Dropbox does not have it's own back-up tool (that's why I really like SpiderOak for this job), you can use Grsync to syncronize some folders you want to back-up with your Dropbox folder. Obviously, you can also use it with Ubuntu One or a network drive.

Grsync is VERY easy to use: just choose the origin and destinations folders.

Grsync features:

  • Most commonly used rsync options available, additional options may be specified by command line switches
  • Saves multiple settings with customized names (no limit on number of "sessions")
  • Can do simulation or normal execution
  • Captures and prints rsync output nicely on a own window and log to a file
  • Parses rsync output to display progress bars and other information
  • Highlights errors and show them on a separate window, for better and faster control over rsync runs
  • Can pause rsync execution
  • A good number of translations available
  • Can run custom commands before (and stop in case of failure) and after rsync
  • Shell script for batch, crontab use etc. provided (grsync-batch)
  • Can import and export sessions on file; i.e. share your settings with people!
  • Rsync backup made easy!
  • Needs rsync installed on the system (command line tool only, no need for server-side daemon) and GTK
  • Available for free and with sources!

Once you install it, Grsync is available under Applications > System > Grsync.

Note: to sync files outside your home folder, you may want to run Grsync with sudo!

Download Grsync (packages available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux: Maemo, Suse, Mandriva and Slackware). Ubuntu users: Grsync is available in the Ubuntu repositories. To install it, simply open a terminal and paste this:
sudo apt-get install grsync