RsyncOSX - a GUI for rsync

Some important information about development of RsyncOSX. There are two GUIs for rsync developed by me, RsyncUI and RsyncOSX. More info abot both apps on my GitHub Readme file. New development is and has been since beginning av 2023, only for RsyncUI - the SwiftUI based GUI. RsyncOSX is maintained and bugfixes only. If you are a new user I will recommend using RsyncUI. RsyncOSX is a pure Swift and Storyboard based macOS application utilizing the command line tool rsync for synchronizing files....

May 9, 2022 · 3 min · 562 words · Thomas Evensen

Add task

Caution: always verify, by a --dry-run, the result of a new task before executing it. See synchronize data task how to verify a task. A task require minimum a local catalog and a remote catalog. Continue to add new tasks until completed and tasks are saved to permanent storage after each entry. Select local catalog either by GUI, drag and drop or by enter text directly. Add is selected by choosing Add task on the sidebar menu....

May 8, 2022 · 3 min · 449 words · Thomas Evensen


RsyncOSX is signed and notarized. Please see info about the latest version of rsync in install. Minor non critical issue 7 May 2023 If you in the main view select a task and then to the logs view, RsyncOSX filter the logs for only the selected task. If you then return to main view, select a new profile, the index to the previous selected task in previous profile is not cleared....

May 7, 2022 · 14 min · 2936 words · Thomas Evensen


If you are new to the command line tool rsync and RsyncOSX please read this information. RsyncOSX is a GUI only on top of the command line tool. It is rsync which does actual work, not RsyncOSX. The –delete parameter and new tasks The --delete parameter is a default parameter set by RsyncOSX to rsync. The parameter instructs rsync too keep the source and destination in sync. The parameter instructs rsync to delete all files in the destination which are not present in the source....

April 23, 2021 · 2 min · 387 words · Thomas Evensen

How to compile RsyncOSX

RsyncOSX is only depended upon Cocoa and Foundation classes which are standard Swift libraries. There are two ways to compile, either in Xcode or utilize make from command line in RsyncOSX catalog. To use make require Xcode command line utilities to be installed. Execute the following command and follow the instructions. xcode-select --install Remove signing credentials or replace To compile you have to either remove signing or replace signing credentials. To remove or replace select Target RsyncOSX and tab “Signing and Capabilities”....

April 17, 2021 · 2 min · 218 words · Thomas Evensen

Execute several tasks

There are three options for executing several synchronize tasks. The three toolbar buttons are: Search for all tasks with files to synchronize and execute. or by ⌘B shortcut Do an estimation run and present which tasks with files to be synchronized. or by ⌘T shortcut As above, but for the selected tasks. or by ⌘R shortcut A double click on a task executes an estimation run and shows the result of the estimation....

April 16, 2021 · 1 min · 73 words · Thomas Evensen

Execute single tasks

In Synchronize view tasks can be executed as single tasks. Execute single tasks require two double clicks: the first double click for estimation (--dry-run) and the second double click for executing the task The output from rsync is presented after each run. Verify and execute a single task Execute a single task is a two step operation. The first is an estimation or verify run, a --dry-run execution. The second one is the real run....

April 16, 2021 · 2 min · 278 words · Thomas Evensen

Latest version of rsync

+++ The default version 2.6.9 of rsync in macOS was released in nov 2006. And there has been several fixes and releases since then. The news about the current release of rsync is here. Due to new features in rsync and dependency to shared libraries it is not possible to bundle the latest version together with RsyncOSX. It is adviced to install rsync as part of Homebrew. In RsyncOSX select user configuration and set path for optional version of rsync....

April 16, 2021 · 1 min · 134 words · Thomas Evensen


RsyncOSX is localized to: Chinese (Simplified) - by StringKe (Chen) German - by Andre Voigtmann Norwegian - by me English - the base language of RsyncOSX Italian - by Stefano Steve Cutelle’ Dutch - by Marcellino Santoso

April 16, 2021 · 1 min · 37 words · Thomas Evensen


Logging in RsyncOSX might be switched on/off in user configuration. All log records are listed in table within Logs tab. The log records are by default sorted with most recent ontop. Log records can be filtered by date by search field. Any column can be sorted by selecting the appropriate column. The sort direction, ascending or descending, is selected by direction of the arrow. Log records can be selected for delete as well....

April 16, 2021 · 1 min · 148 words · Thomas Evensen