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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 for it to work!

This was designed for my wife to access backups with a button press.


Restictray currently expects the following files in ~/.restic/:

  1. password.txt as hardcoded --password-file argument. If not present, creates the file with password "password".
  2. excludes.txt as hardcoded --exclude-file argument. If not present, creates an empty excludes file.
  3. config.json that configures the repository, the folder(s)/file(s) to backup. If not present, creates these defaults:
  "repository": "/tmp",
  "backup": "/Users/username",
  "backupTimeInHours": 24

If config.json exists but the key backupTimeInHours is absent, it will default to 24: backup once a day.

Where 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 repository value.

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

Dev config

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 on how to do this---I've used fyne package: see docs at

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.


Just 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.