Bareos - Backup Archiving REcovery Open Sourced
bareos-dir - Director
bareos-fd - File daemon or Client
bareos-sd - Storage daemon
bconsole - Console to control Bareos
Bareos is a set of computer programs that permits you (or the system
administrator) to manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data
across a network of computers of different kinds. In technical terms, it is a
network Client/Server based backup program. Bareos is relatively easy to use
and efficient, while offering many advanced storage management features that
make it easy to find and recover lost or damaged files. Due to its modular
design, Bareos is scalable from small single computer systems to systems
consisting of hundreds of computers located over a large network.
Bareos Director service consists of the program that supervises all the backup,
restore, verify and archive operations. The system administrator uses the
Bareos Director to schedule backups and to recover files. The Director runs as
a daemon or a service (i.e. in the background).
Bareos Console services is the program that allows the administrator or user to
communicate with the Bareos Director.
Bareos File services (or Client program) is the software program that is
installed on the machine to be backed up. It is specific to the operating
system on which it runs and is responsible for providing the file attributes
and data when requested by the Director. The File services are also
responsible for the file system dependent part of restoring the file
attributes and data during a recovery operation. This program runs as a daemon
on the machine to be backed up, and in some of the documentation, the File
daemon is referred to as the Client (for example in Bareos's configuration
Bareos Storage services consist of the software programs that perform the
storage and recovery of the file attributes and data to the physical backup
media or volumes. In other words, the Storage daemon is responsible for
reading and writing your tapes (or other storage media, e.g. files). The
Storage services runs as a daemon on the machine that has the backup device.
Catalog services are comprised of the software programs responsible for
maintaining the file indexes and volume databases for all files backed up. The
Catalog services permit the System Administrator or user to quickly locate and
restore any desired file. The Catalog services sets Bareos apart from simple
backup programs like tar and bru, because the catalog maintains a record of
all Volumes used, all Jobs run, and all Files saved, permitting efficient
restoration and Volume management. Bareos supports multiple databases (e.g.
MySQL, PostgreSQL, ...).
Each daemon has its own configuration file which must be tailored for each
particular installation. Please see the HTML/PDF documentation for the
An enormous list of past and former persons who have devoted their time and
energy to this project -- thanks. See the AUTHORS file in the main Bareos
Bareos is distributed under a modified AGPL version 3.0, as described in the
file LICENSE included with the source distribution.