A macOS and Linux system tray wrapper around Restic, the Go-powered cmd-line backup tool.
With Restictray, you can monitor and trigger backups from the system tray:
Also tested & working on Linux:
Restictray is designed in such a way that it checks whether or not a backup is needed every hour by looking at the latest date in the
restic snapshot output that's also part of the menu. If the backup command fails, the SFTP network goes down, or your laptop is offline, it will resume next time it's booted.
It's also possible to trigger a backup manually.
For convenience, browsing backups in Finder is done through
restic mount, which means you will need to install MacFUSE 4.x through https://osxfuse.github.io/ for it to work!
This was designed for my wife to access backups with a button press.
Restictray currently expects the following files in
--password-fileargument. If not present, creates the file with password "password".
--exclude-fileargument. If not present, creates an empty excludes file.
config.jsonthat configures the repository, the folder(s)/file(s) to backup. If not present, creates these defaults:
config.json exists but the key
backupTimeInHours is absent, it will default to 24: backup once a day.
repository is the restic
-r argument and
backup the folder(s)/file(s) fed into the
backup command. That is, you can use SFTP or S3 or ... as you'd normally do, using for instance
sftp:user@server:/somewhere/resticdir as a
The repository should already be initialized! You'll have to do this yourself using
restic -r [repo] init.
For more information on how the restic arguments themselves work, please see the restic docs at https://restic.readthedocs.io/en/stable/.
If environment variable
RESTICTRAY_DEV is set, Restictray configures Zerolog to use stdout and the prettyprint formatter instead of the external log.
Restictray can be wrapped as a macOS
.app folder that can be distributed. See
build.sh on how to do this---I've used
fyne package: see docs at https://developer.fyne.io/started/packaging.
The app also wraps the
restic binary so no local install is needed.
Please note that the current supplied one in
build/ is an ARM64 macOS-specific binary for that very reason.
go build and copy the binary to install. On Linux you will need to install Restic yourself using your favorite package manager or via the Restic installation page.
Restictray uses Lumberjack and Zerolog to log info to
~/.restic/log.txt. If a command fails, it should be logged there.