Areca Backup

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Areca Backup is a file backup tool written in java.

It supports data compression & encryption, incremental backup, file history explorer and many other features. Areca Backup also includes a transaction mechanism which guarantees your backups´ integrity. As an additional security measure areca also features a backup simulation module.

“Areca Backup is an easy personal file backup software developed in Java”

Areca Backup has been designed to :

  • Be as simple as possible to set up : No complex configuration files to edit – Your backup configuration (which is stored as an XML file) can be edited with Areca's graphical user interface.
  • Be as versatile as possible : Areca can use advanced backup modes (like "delta backup") or simply produce a "basic" copy of your source files as a standard directory or zip archive (readable by WinZip or other archivers).
  • Allow you to interact with your archives and the files they contain : Track different versions of a specific file, browse your archives, recover or view specific files, merge a set of archives, ..


  • Archives compression (Zip format)
  • Archives encryption (Triple DES & AES encryption algorithm)
  • Source file filters (by extension, subdirectory, regular expression, size, date, status, usage)
  • Incremental / Full backup support
  • Archives merges / deletion : You can merge contiguous archives in one single archive or safely delete your latest archives.
  • As of date recovery : Areca allows you to recover your archives (or single files) as of a specific date.
  • Transaction mechanism : All critical processes (such as backups or merges) support a transaction mechanism (with commit / rollback management) which guarantees your backups´ integrity.
  • Backup reports : Areca generates backup reports that can be stored on your disk or send by email.
  • Post backup scripts : Areca can launch shell scripts after backup.
  • Files permissions backup. (Linux only)
  • Archives content explorer. (including a ´find file in archives´ feature)
  • Archive description : A manifest is associated to each archive, which contains various informations such as author, title, date, description, and some technical data.
  • File history explorer : Areca keeps track of your file´s history (creation / modifications / deletion) over your archives.
  • Backup simulation : useful to check wether a backup is necessary
  • User´s actions history : Areca keeps an history of all user´s actions (archives deletion, merges, backups, recoveries).
  • Archive´s indicators : Areca computes a lot of indicators for you, which will help you in the everyday management of your archives.
  • Areca comes with a command-line interface which can be used for backup automation.

You can :
check out what the user interface looks like HERE

Read the tutorial over HERE


 Java Runtime environment that you can obtain HERE.

OS requirements:
Win 98/Win Me/Win NT/

Win XP/Vista/Win 7

Download - Areca Backup

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