Restic Backups To Wasabi

Ronald Farrer
3 min readMar 27, 2023
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Restic is a versatile backup tool that can help you efficiently and securely backup your data to various storage locations, including Wasabi S3. In this article, we will guide you through the process of using Restic to backup your data to a Wasabi S3 bucket.

Step 1: Install Restic To get started, you need to install Restic on your computer. Restic is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Visit the official Restic website, download the appropriate version for your operating system, and follow the installation instructions.

Step 2: Set up Wasabi S3 To use Wasabi S3 as your backup storage location, you need to create a Wasabi account and a storage bucket. To do this, log in to your Wasabi account and follow these steps:

  1. Create a storage bucket by clicking on the ‘Create Bucket’ button. Give it a name and select the region where you want to store your data.
  2. Create an access key and secret key for the bucket. Go to the ‘Users’ section and create a new user. Generate an access key and secret key for the user.

Step 3: Configure Restic to Use Wasabi S3 Once you have your Wasabi bucket and access key and secret key set up, you can configure Restic to use Wasabi S3 as the backup storage location.

To set up a Wasabi S3 repository, run the following command:

restic init --repo s3:wasabi.<region>.wasabisys.com/<bucket-name> --s3.access-key <access-key> --s3.secret-key <secret-key>

Replace <region> with the region where your Wasabi bucket is located, <bucket-name> with the name of the Wasabi bucket you created, <access-key> with the access key you generated, and <secret-key> with the secret key you generated.

Step 4: Backup Your Data With the Wasabi S3 repository set up, you can now backup your data to Wasabi S3 using Restic. To do this, run the following command:

restic backup /path/to/backup --repo s3:wasabi.<region>.wasabisys.com/<bucket-name> --s3.access-key <access-key> --s3.secret-key <secret-key>

Replace /path/to/backup with the path to the file or directory you want to back up, <region> with the region where your Wasabi bucket is located, <bucket-name> with the name of the Wasabi bucket you created, <access-key> with the access key you generated, and <secret-key> with the secret key you generated.

Step 5: Monitor Backup Progress You can monitor the backup progress using the restic snapshots command. To check the status of your backup, run the following command:

restic snapshots --repo s3:wasabi.<region>.wasabisys.com/<bucket-name> --s3.access-key <access-key> --s3.secret-key <secret-key>

Step 6: Restore Your Data If you need to restore your data, Restic makes it easy. To restore a specific file or directory, run the following command:

restic restore latest --target /path/to/restore /path/to/file/or/directory --repo s3:wasabi.<region>.wasabisys.com/<bucket-name> --s3.access-key <access-key> --s3.secret-key <secret-key>

Replace /path/to/restore with the path to the directory where you want to restore the file or directory. Replace /path/to/file/or/directory with the path to the file or directory you wantto restore, <region> with the region where your Wasabi bucket is located, <bucket-name> with the name of the Wasabi bucket you created, <access-key> with the access key you generated, and <secret-key> with the secret key you generated.

To restore the entire backup, run the following command:

restic restore latest --target /path/to/restore --repo s3:wasabi.<region>.wasabisys.com/<bucket-name> --s3.access-key <access-key> --s3.secret-key <secret-key>

Conclusion Backing up your data is essential to prevent loss or corruption. Restic provides an easy-to-use solution that allows you to backup and restore your data efficiently and securely. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can quickly set up Restic to back up your data to a Wasabi S3 bucket.

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