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Roll Your Own Dropbox-style Remote Backup System

If you like the idea of Dropbox but you’re not a big fan of entrusting your data security to a third party rolling your own Dropbox-style backup system powered by SSH and rsync is a viable alternative.

Over at Fak3r, they share a straight forward guide to setting up a Dropbox-style syncing system powered by an SSH connection to your home network and the versatile rsync command. The setup is focused on using Linux boxes within your personal and remote networks but since you can access rsync in Cygwin (a Windows port of many useful Linux commands) it seems like it would be easy enough to modify their design to work with Windows machines.

Read more at the link below and sound off in the comments with the results of your experimentation.

How to Build Your Own Open Source Dropbox Clone [Fak3r]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/28/11

Comments (5)

  1. callasabra

    YES!! I have been looking for this for a while. Thanks HTG!

  2. Trae

    I’ve been weighing over this post for a few days. Not sure if lsyncd works with cygwin though… Any thoughts on this would be helpful.

  3. Dan

    i just use a Windows VPN + the robocopy command line to achieve internet based syncing.
    robocopy /mir will mirror a folder from one source to the other.
    Otherwise if you have a windows server OS you can take it to the next level and use DFS…

  4. esam

    i use dropbox with BoxCryptor

  5. tolis

    ownCloud is open source project for private cloud file access.
    Still in development but promising.


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