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The rsync tool can be found on Linux and Unix systems - and thus also on macOS. It is extremely useful if you want to synchronize two folders - even on different computers. Even if beginners who are not familiar with the terminal often believe that they have no need for such tools: in practice it often looks different, because rsync does a lot more than a simple copying process.
excerpt from the Wiki articles to rsync:
An important feature of rsync is that it can not only copy entire files, but also parts of files. If a file has been changed on the source data carrier, only the changed parts of this file are transferred to the target system (delta coding), which saves time.
You can already see that this type of file synchronization can be exciting, for example for backups or the synchronization of folders between computers.
The hurdle that Mac novices currently have with rsync is using the command via the Port. If you're not used to using the terminal, you'll often spend minutes on the documentation until you've put together the right command.
On the other hand, it is much more intuitive and easier with the GUI grsyncx, which also allows all possible options for the sync. Among other things, you can protect the Finder attributes so that the date and time of creation or addition is not changed, which would happen with a normal copy process.
How easy it is to use the rsync tool grsyncx is shown in the developer's guide:
If you are looking for something to do a 1: 1 backup of your Mac system disk, then I would like to contact you Carbon Copy Cloner refer. This has been the tool I've been using to create bootable backups on my Mac for years.
My reader Renato wrote to me via the comment function that he used the Rsync GUI "rsyncOSX" is used. In his opinion, this tool is less beginner-friendly, but it offers more flexibility when configuring the rsync job. If you are not afraid of many options and a less clicky-bunti-like user interface, you can take a look at RsyncOSX .
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.