The source code is on github.
Really clever! I love it.
Arq version 2.6.9 is now available!
This minor update fixes several minor issues, including the issue where some backup sets weren’t appearing under “Other Backup Sets”.
It’s a free update for all Arq users. Pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu to get the update.
As always, full release notes for all Arq versions are on the release notes page.
When I started developing Arq it was partly because I couldn’t find an existing online backup offering that gave me enough control. I wanted to control exactly which files would be backed up, and I didn’t want to be constrained by rules that many of the “unlimited backup” offerings had like excluding network drives, excluding applications, etc.
So Arq lets you back up anything you want. But then the question is, what should you back up? The following is my suggestion for a basic backup of your files on your Mac.
When you first install and launch Arq, it asks your for your Amazon S3 “keys” and a few other things. Then it asks if you’d like to choose your own files for backup, or back up your home folder minus a few unnecessary items:
If you picked “I’ll manually add folders to back up” and you’ve changed your mind, here’s how to set up Arq to back up your home folder minus the unnecessary items:
Click the + button at the bottom left of the Arq main window.
Pick your home folder (/Users/<yourname>) and click OK.
Click the “Edit Excludes…” button.
Add 3 excludes.
Make sure the first 2 are set to “relative path” instead of “name”.
If you want to back up your applications, add the Applications folder.
Many applications put some of their support files in /Library/Application Support, so add that too.
If you prefer, you pick and choose specific folders to back up instead of backing up your entire home directory.
WARNING: If you choose to do this and you later create a new folder in your home directory and start putting important files in there, you’ll have to remember to add this new folder to Arq or else it won’t be backed up!
I back up the following folders as separate items in Arq:
Time Machine and Arq are complementary. Backing up using Time Machine to another disk is cheap and fast. If you’re backing up to a Time Capsule via Wifi it’s very convenient because it just happens; there’s nothing to plug in. If you’re backing up to a USB drive, you’ll have to remember to plug in the USB drive periodically. Restoring is fast because you’re reading from a USB disk physically connected to your Mac, or from a Time Capsule over Wifi.
But Time Machine doesn’t cover all cases. If someone breaks in and steals your computer, they may steal your Time Capsule or USB drive as well, and then your files are gone forever. If fire, flood, or lightning strikes, you may lose both your computer and your backups; files gone forever. And if you travel often, you’ll have to bring along your USB drive or Time Capsule, or backups won’t happen until you get home and stay home long enough for a backup to complete.
Arq covers those cases that Time Machine doesn’t. The backups are off site at Amazon’s servers, safe from your theif and your natural disasters. They’re even safe from disaster at an Amazon site because Amazon replicates your data at several sites. And Arq works whenever there’s an Internet connection, so backups still happen when you’re on the road.
I’m really excited to ship Arq 1.5!
It includes scheduling options like once-per-day backups and manual-only (one of the most requested features) as well as Pause/Resume and Back Up Now functions. It also includes a whole bunch of refinements and bug fixes.
To get it, pick “Check for Updates” from the menu in Arq, or download it from the product page.
Here are the details:
Enjoy! If you have any feedback or questions I’d love to hear from you! Just email email@example.com. Thanks!
This release fixes a bug that causes high CPU usage after Arq Agent has been running for many hours and there are backup errors (e.g. folder to be backed up isn’t available).
Pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu to automatically update to 1.4.4. Or download Arq here.
This release fixes a few bugs:
Pick “Check for Updates” from the Arq menu to automatically update to 1.4.2. Or download Arq here.
Amazon just announced “Reduced Redundancy Storage” (RRS) for S3. Objects stored with the RRS “storage class” are “99.99% durable over a given year,” whereas “standard” storage is 99.999999999% durable (overkill for backup for most people). Objects stored with RRS are only $.10/GB per month ($.11 in the Northern California region — see pricing) — a 33% savings!
Arq 1.4 is out with support for RRS! Pick “Check for Updates” in the Arq menu to automatically update, or download it from the Arq product page.
For new users of Arq the default is to use RRS. For current users Arq continues to use Standard storage (I didn’t want to assume everyone would want to make the switch).
If you’re a current user, just install the update as described above, then go to the Budget tab of Preferences and check ”Use Reduced Redundancy storage class for new objects”:
Click “Convert” to migrate:
Enjoy the savings!