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Arq is super-easy online backup for the Mac. Back up to Amazon Glacier ($.01/GB per month storage) or S3, or any SFTP server. Arq backs up and faithfully restores all the special metadata of Mac files that other products don't, including resource forks, ACLs, and creator codes.

Arq works like Time Machine, except you don't have to remember to plug in your external hard drive. Following the initial backup, Arq automatically makes incremental backups every hour, every day, uploading just the files that have changed since your last backup. Arq keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and more...

What's New

Version 4.4.1:

Fixed Bugs

  • Fixed an SFTP issue where, if you supply a relative path and your home directory on the SFTP server is "/", the path ended up being "//relativepath" which caused backup errors.
  • Fixed the "Delete This Backup Set" button.
  • Show the "Trash" folder for deleted legacy Glacier folders.
  • Fixed a "hostname could not be found" error for more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later

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Have used this backup solution off and on over the years. Always come back. Just upgraded to version 4 and it is the best release to date. And the support from Stefan (developer) is nothing short of fantastic. Two words describe Arq . . . THE BEST!

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Version 4.1
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Macott Member IconReview+2
Macott
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This is a really nice piece of software. I have been looking for a cloud backup for a while, and this fits the bill. TimeMachine like behavior, encryption before the data goes out into the cloud, easy to use (set up and forget), simple to use interface. On top of that it gives you the ability to set the amount you are willing to pay for storage. Arq will go in and delete older versions of files if the expected bill will go beyond the limit. Nice! Overall I'm very happy.

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Version 4.4.1
Homer1 Member IconReview+30
Homer1
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Have used this backup solution off and on over the years. Always come back. Just upgraded to version 4 and it is the best release to date. And the support from Stefan (developer) is nothing short of fantastic. Two words describe Arq . . . THE BEST!

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Version 4.1
BrentS5141 Member IconReview+0
BrentS5141
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The only truly secure way to backup your Mac.

This app encrypts your files before they go off into cyber space.

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Version 4.0.3
Sherman Wilcox Member IconReview+171
Sherman Wilcox
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Arq is an incredible backup solution: easy to use, reliable, great Mac interface, fast support from the developer, and rock solid. I backup a ton of stuff to Amazon A3, and some very large folders to Glacier, all for less than $2/month. Version 4 adds many new useful features.

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Version 4.0
Essadee Member IconReview+34
Essadee
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This software is amazing. Versioned, appropriately aged backups. It's like having an Infinite Time Machine, or at least as infinite as your resources and budget allow.

My photographs and anything else I've painstakingly worked on are backed up regularly using Amazon S3's Glacier storage class, and nearly 600GB is costing me about USD$4/month. Using the more readily available S3 storage class is a bit more expensive, but my current working catalogs for Lightroom and Documents live there.

I know that I can now use my local Time Machine volume for convenience and, in case of emergency, recover with Arq. This software has already saved hundreds of hours of my spouse's dissertation research once, which not only makes it a bargain at twice the price, but it enabled me to be the conquering hero which I can't even put a pricetag on. I should mention I recovered this research using the Arq mobile app. \o/

The addition of other storage providers including/especially *any existing sftp server* is fantastic.

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Version 4.0
Mindplay Member IconReview+22
Mindplay
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Works incredibly well for me and it already proved to be reliable. I'm converting my backup strategy around it :)

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Version 4.0
ylluminate Member IconComment+286
ylluminate
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So wait a second here, while Amazon has lowered prices, DreamObjects is still, for all practicality, 1/2 the cost of these reduced prices! Why are we not yet able to simply plug in the DreamObjects server information into Arq?

I use DreamObjects on some large projects where we already use it for hundreds of gigabytes worth of storage and I would prefer to use Arq with this instead of Amazon. Can we please be allowed to plug in DreamObjects instead of AWS? Seriously folks, it's literally only changing server names as DreamObjects is fully compatible and will require you to change nothing else in Arq.

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Version 3.3.3
Abton
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Arq 4 Beta has been announced on the developers website and includes support for DreamObjects along with other S3 compatible storage providers.

It's available at: http://www.haystacksoftware.com/blog/2014/02/arq-4-beta/

tno Member IconComment+4
tno
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Has anyone compared this to iprotectmac? It seems similar, and is on promo $15. (12/12/13) for perpetual license.

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Version 3.3.2
ylluminate Member IconComment+286
ylluminate
+1

Has anyone used this with DreamObjects? I am suspecting that it should work without a hitch, but I'd like to find out before investing in this. DreamObjects is a lifesaver in terms of cost and even performs really well so far for other applications I've used it on.

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Version 3.2.5
maelp Member IconReview+2
maelp
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Great app

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Version 3.2.4
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Marc FOMBARON
Version 4.2.1
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Version 4.1.7
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Version 4.1.5
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Downloads 30,788
Version Downloads 741
Type Utilities / Backup
License Demo
Date 27 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $39.99
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