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Duply Guide: Backup to S3

304 words · 26 Nov 2013

This is very quick and terse guide to start backing up to S3 using Duply as I am posting this as a reminder for myself.

Install librsync

This should done using a package manager if available, but here are the steps for building from source:

wget ""
tar zxf librsync-0.9.7.tar.gz
cd librsync-0.9.7/
./configure --enable-shared
make && make install

Install Boto

This is the underlying library that communicates with S3.

pip install boto

Install Duplicity

wget "wget"
tar zxf duplicity-0.6.22.tar.gz
cd duplicity-0.6.22/
python install

Note: The librsync headers and shared libraries must be found by this installer. This is only an issue if it was installed in an arbitrary location (e.g. your home directory). If needed, export the LD_LIBRARY_PATH and INCLUDE_DIRS environment variables in your .bashrc file, e.g export LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$HOME/lib:$LD_LIBRARY_PATH".

Install Duply

wget ""
tar zxf duply_1.5.11.tgz
mkdir -p $HOME/bin
mv duply_1.5.11/duply $HOME/bin

This creates a bin directory in your home directory and moves the duply script into it. You can of course move it anywhere you want. However I am going to assume it is on your PATH.

Create Duply Profile

duply myprofile create

Edit the new profile config vim ~/.duply/myprofile/conf and change TARGET (around line 69) to the match the following template:



  • access_key_id - AMI access key
  • secret_access_key - AMI secrete access key
  • region_host - the host to the S3 region, e.g. for US Eastern
  • bucket_name - the name of the bucket to create/use
  • path - the path in the bucket that will store the files

Change SOURCE (around line 76) to the directory or file to be backed up.



duply myprofile backup