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How to copy files using rsync

Explaining a powerful file transfer tool

Oct. 30, 2020 -

It is very important to make backups of your data, as you never know when disaster strikes! One powerful, cross platform, tool to help you achieve this is 'rsync'. In this post I'll explain why rsync is useful and how you can use it to set up your own backups.

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Using rsync to copy files from my Windows 10 desktop to a Debian GNU/Linux server over SSH (using WSL)
Using rsync to copy files from my Windows 10 desktop to a Debian GNU/Linux server over SSH (using WSL)
Typical rsync command, showing the -arvz flags, a My-Source-Directory and My-Remote-Directory on a server
Typical rsync command, showing the -arvz flags, a My-Source-Directory and My-Remote-Directory on a server
After adding the Milky Way photo to my sample files I run rsync again to use have it transfer my files incrementally, only copying the new file
After adding the Milky Way photo to my sample files I run rsync again to use have it transfer my files incrementally, only copying the new file
Using rsync on Windows 10 using WSL
Using rsync on Windows 10 using WSL

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