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Basic rsync backup to Strongspace

… re-blogged from our [Strongspace Blog](

[rsync]( is a very popular and comes included on all Macs and is [available for windows]( and linux. It lets you efficiently backup files and folders over SSH and it is a great way to mirror data off to Strongspace.

However, it is one of those unix-y programs which has a [MILLION different options]( to twiddle and can be rather intimidating. I thought a basic post on how to use rsync with with Strongspace in the most general fashion would be useful.

### All you need to remember

`rsync -avz [source_path] [destination:destination_path]`

This is the basic command structure with a handful of basic options attached: compress the data, verbose output, recurse the source folders and preserve timestamps and user ids.

### Backup your Mac Desktop Strongspace:

`rsync -avz ~/Desktop`

One small bit to note is the difference between typing `~/Desktop` and `~/Desktop/` – the later way does not create a `Desktop` folder in Strongspace but sends all the *contents* of the Desktop into your destination. It can be a bit messy if that wasn’t your intention.

### Backup iPhoto to Strongspace:

`rsync -avz ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library`

Here is a simple example that sends the entire contents of your iPhoto library up to Strongspace.

### Making it simpler

Let’s admit, this isn’t a short command:

`rsync -avz ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library`

but you can shorten it down to this:

`rsync ~/Pictures/iPhoto\ Library ss:/strongspace/username/home`

First, do yourself the favor and setup a [SSH alias]( and, if you want, [password-less login]( To make life even easier you can default rsync options by using a bash alias. Open Terminal and paste this line:

`echo ‘alias rsync=”rsync -avz”‘ >> .profile`

Now the next time you open a new Terminal window rsync will have those options set by default.

Happy sync’ing!