Box Backup

Box Backup is an open source, completely automatic, on-line backup system. It has the following key features:

  • All backed up data is stored on the server in files on a filesystem – no tape, archive or other special devices are required.
  • The server is trusted only to make files available when they are required – all data is encrypted and can be decoded only by the original client. This makes it ideal for backing up over an untrusted network (such as the Internet), or where the server is in an uncontrolled environment.
  • A backup daemon runs on systems to be backed up, and copies encrypted data to the server when it notices changes – so backups are continuous and up-to-date (although traditional snapshot backups are possible too).
  • Only changes within files are sent to the server, just like rsync, minimising the bandwidth used between clients and server. This makes it particularly suitable for backing up between distant locations, or over the Internet.
  • It behaves like tape – old file versions and deleted files are available.
  • Old versions of files on the server are stored as changes from the current version, minimising the storage space required on the server. Files are the server are also compressed to minimise their size.
  • Choice of backup behaviour – it can be optimised for document or server backup.
  • It is designed to be easy and cheap to run a server. It has a portable implementation, and optional RAID implemented in userland for reliability without complex server setup or expensive hardware.

Box Backup is distributed under a mixed BSD/GPL license

Supported OS:

  • OpenBSD (4.3)
  • Linux (Debian Lenny, Ubuntu 8.04, Fedora 9, Red Hat/CentOS 5.2, Slackware 12, Arch Linux)
  • NetBSD (this has minor issues with dates on symlinks)
  • FreeBSD (7.0)
  • Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Microsoft Windows (2000 and XP)
  • Solaris (OpenSolaris)

Download Box Backup

Permanent link to this article: