What is UrBackup?

UrBackup is an easy to setup Open Source client/server backup system, that through a combination of image and file backups accomplishes both data safety and a fast restoration time.

File and image backups are made while the system is running without interrupting current processes.

UrBackup also continuously watches folders you want backed up in order to quickly find differences to previous backups. Because of that, incremental file backups are really fast.

Your files can be restored through the web interface, via the client or the Windows Explorer while the backups of drive volumes can be restored with a bootable CD or USB-Stick (bare metal restore).

A web interface makes setting up your own backup server really easy. For a quick impression please look at the screenshots here.

Currently there are over 10,000 running UrBackup server instances (with auto-update enabled) with some instances having hundreds of active clients.

Fast. The custom client makes fast file and image backups possible. The client, for example, continuously watches file changes, so that only few files have to be looked at during incremental file backups.
Web interface. The backup server has an integrated web interface that shows the status of the clients, current activities and statistics. Existing file backups can be browsed and files from these backups can be extracted or restored.
Easy to setup. The backup server can be configured via web interface. The client via a user interface. The client can be configured from the server, making the client user interface optional.
Consistent backups while in use. UrBackup backups your computer while you use it. Open files, like Outlook .pst files, get backed up without problems. The image backups are done while the system is running and in use as well.
Space efficient. If multiple clients have the same files the UrBackup server saves them only once, leading to reduced storage requirements.
Backups via Internet. UrBackup can easily be configured to also backup clients via Internet. This enables backups of mobile devices wherever they currently are. You can also use UrBackup to only backup via Internet.
Free Software. UrBackup is Free Open Source software licensed under the OSI certified AGPLv3+. As long as you adhere to the terms and conditions of the license you are allowed to use and redistribute UrBackup in a personal and commercial setting.
Multi-platform. UrBackup server currently runs on Windows, GNU/Linux, FreeBSD and several Linux based NAS operating systems. The UrBackup client runs on Windows, macOS and GNU/Linux. See system support for details.

Getting started

1. Download the UrBackup server and install it.
2. Configure the path where your backups are going to be stored in the settings on the web interface (http://localhost:55414).
3. Install the UrBackup client on the clients you want to backup.
4. Specify the folders you want to backup on the clients.
5. The backup server automatically discovers the clients in the local network and starts backups.

See administration manual for how to add Internet only clients.


UrBackup Server 2.1.19 released

UrBackup Server 2.1.19 mainly fixes build and packaging issues. See server changelog for details.

UrBackup Server 2.1.18 and Client 2.1.14 released

UrBackup Server 2.1.18 and Client 2.1.14 released. This is a major release with a lot of changes. See the server changelog and the client changelog for details.

UrBackup Server 2.0.38 and Client 2.0.36 released

UrBackup Server 2.0.38 and Client 2.0.36 released with a few changes and bugfixes. See the server changelog and the client changelog for details.

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