A wrapper script for Borg backup software that creates and prunes backups
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title: borgmatic

permalink: borgmatic/index.html


borgmatic is a simple Python wrapper script for the Borg backup software that initiates a backup, prunes any old backups according to a retention policy, and validates backups for consistency. The script supports specifying your settings in a declarative configuration file rather than having to put them all on the command-line, and handles common errors.

Here’s an example config file:

    # List of source directories to backup. Globs are expanded.
        - /home
        - /etc
        - /var/log/syslog*

    # Paths to local or remote repositories.
        - user@backupserver:sourcehostname.borg

    # Any paths matching these patterns are excluded from backups.
        - /home/*/.cache

    # Retention policy for how many backups to keep in each category.
    keep_daily: 7
    keep_weekly: 4
    keep_monthly: 6

    # List of consistency checks to run: "repository", "archives", or both.
        - repository
        - archives

borgmatic is hosted at https://torsion.org/borgmatic with source code available. It’s also mirrored on GitHub for convenience.

Want to see borgmatic in action? Check out the screencast.

How-to guides

Reference guides

Support and contributing


You’ve got issues? Or an idea for a feature enhancement? We’ve got an issue tracker. In order to create a new issue or comment on an issue, you’ll need to login first. Note that you can login with an existing GitHub account if you prefer.

Other questions or comments? Contact witten@torsion.org.


If you’d like to contribute to borgmatic development, please feel free to submit a Pull Request or open an issue first to discuss your idea. We also accept Pull Requests on GitHub, if that’s more your thing. In general, contributions are very welcome. We don’t bite!

Also, please check out the borgmatic development how-to for info on cloning source code, running tests, etc.