Duply (simple duplicity)

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duply (simple duplicity)

duply deals as a wrapper for the mighty duplicity magic. It simplifies running duplicity with cron or on command line by:

  • keeping recurring settings in profiles per backup job
  • enabling batch operations eg. backup_verify_purge
  • executing pre/post scripts
  • precondition checking for flawless duplicity operation

Since version 1.5.0 all duplicity backends are supported. Hence the name changed from ftplicity to duply.


Get the latest release here or use 'view all files' to get to the sourceforge files section.

latest release (duply_2.1.tgz)


In 2006 the german computer magazine c't released the tool ftplicity under GPL2. It was a convenience shell front end for encrypted ftp backups with the python based backup tool duplicity. Shortly after major changes in duplicity broke the software and several parties released fixes on their private websites. duply still called ftplicity started out as one of them.

The latest version of c't ftplicity 1.2 (21.10.2009) can be found on heise.de.

But soon further functionality found it's way into the patch and because the maintenance of the original author was sparsely the project ftplicity on sourceforge was created. The idea was to spread the word and find contributors in order to maintain and enhance ftplicity further.

Since then ftplicity underwent further improvement until in version 1.5 the limitation to the file transfer protocol as only backend was removed. Because of this the project was renamed to a more generic name (not advertising ftp). duply (simple duplicity) was born.

Feel free to browse the changelog for an overview of duply's history.

Getting started


Command line

A collection of scripts using duplicity for specific backup needs can be found on


Using a search engine for 'script' 'duplicity' will also provide you with a plethora of alternatives.

GUI: Déjà Dup

a convenience front end designed to be a two button solution. Get it at http://live.gnome.org/DejaDup and find informative screenshots at http://live.gnome.org/DejaDup/Screenshots.