Rsync examples

$ rsync options source destination

Source and destination could be either local or remote. In case of remote, specify the login name, remote server name and location.

rsync archive mode

rsync option -a indicates archive mode. -a option does the following,

  • Recursive mode
  • Preserves symbolic links
  • Preserves permissions
  • Preserves timestamp
  • Preserves owner and group

rsync files from local to remote

rsync -avz –progress /local/dir/ remoteuser@

While doing synchronization with the remote server, you need to specify username and ip-address of the remote server. You should also specify the destination directory on the remote server. The format is username@machinename:path

rsync files from remote to local

rsync -avz –progress remoteuser@ /local/dir/