RsyncUI - a GUI for rsync

RsyncUI is a pure SwiftUI based macOS application utilizing the command line tool rsync for synchronizing files. It is rsync which executes the real synchronizing task, not RsyncUI. RsyncUI is a GUI only on top of rsync. RsyncUI is signed and notarized by Apple. RsyncUI is built for macOS Sonoma only. Before commencing use of RsyncUI See the changelog for updates. RsyncUI is built as a Universal macOS Binary, which means it runs nativly on Apple Silicon and Intel-based Mac computers....

December 25, 2023 · 3 min · 493 words · Thomas Evensen


RsyncUI is signed and notarized and built as Universal macOS Binary. If you miss some functions please drop me an email: or create an Issue on GitHub. All suggestions about enhancements are welcome. Version 1.9.1 (build 99) - not yet released Work on next version is commenced, and so far the following enhancements are added: adjusted width of RsyncUI to .frame(minWidth: 1100, idealWidth: 1300, minHeight: 510) width might be reduced to 1100 points (CGFloat), default 1300 points as now if Monitor Network is on in settings, there is a check for connectivity to remote server every time a task is kicked of if no connection during timeout an error messages is thrown in Add tasks, selected tasks might be tested as in parameters for rsync only a —dry-run to verify what the task does This version is to be released sometime in May 2024....

December 24, 2023 · 35 min · 7451 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 RsyncUI. It is adviced to install rsync as part of Homebrew. In RsyncUI select user configuration and set path for optional version of rsync....

April 16, 2021 · 1 min · 133 words · Thomas Evensen

RsyncUI configuration files

RsyncUI read and store configurations, log records and user settings as JSON files. The location of files is: $HOME/.rsyncosx/macserialnumber. RsyncUI evaluates the computer mac serial number at startup. Configuration files $HOME/.rsyncosx/macserialnumber/configurations.json If profile is utilized: $HOME/.rsyncosx/macserialnumber/profile/configurations.json Log records $HOME/.rsyncosx/macserialnumber/logrecords.json If profile is utilized: $HOME/.rsyncosx/macserialnumber/profile/logrecords.json User settings The user settings are stored as: $HOME/.rsyncosx/macserialnumber/rsyncuiconfig.json The user settings applies to all profiles.

April 16, 2021 · 1 min · 60 words · Thomas Evensen

RsyncUI settings

There are a few settings to be tweaked. Settings are saved to permanent store. Usersettings might be opened by the default shortcut ⌘,. Settings - rsync and other settings Ssh - SSH settings Environment - set environment variables for ssh, there are a few variables to set, RsyncUI only support one environment variable The Info shows version of rsync in use and the path for storing and reading configurations to permanent store....

March 12, 2021 · 1 min · 72 words · Thomas Evensen

Rsync and other settings

You can any time backup the current setup, configurations and logs including all profiles by the wrench icon on the toolbar. The backup executes a copy to your Documents catalog and postfixes the copy with a timestamp -month-day-year/hour/minute. $HOME/Documents/RsyncUIcopy-05-06-2021/08/21 When opening the catalog it might be seen as empty. The copy is a .catalog and your filebrowser might not see such catalogs. Rsync version and path It is adviced to install rsync as part of Homebrew....

March 11, 2021 · 3 min · 583 words · Thomas Evensen


If you are new to the command line tool rsync and RsyncUI please read this information. RsyncUI is a GUI only on top of the command line tool. It is rsync which does the actual work, not RsyncUI The –delete parameter and new tasks The --delete parameter is a default parameter set by RsyncUI 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....

March 10, 2021 · 2 min · 367 words · Thomas Evensen


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March 10, 2021 · 1 min · 172 words · Thomas Evensen

Signing and notarization

RsyncUI is signed with my Apple ID developer certificate and notarized by Apple. This means that the app is verified and checked for not containing malicious code and it will work with Apples Gatekeeper technology. A message from Apple is issued when opening either a new or updated application the first time. Notarizing is required for all software.

March 10, 2021 · 1 min · 58 words · Thomas Evensen