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Development cycle in color codes, and how to obtain corresponding source code or binary package

development phase
(adding and testing new features)
Frozen API phase
  (Doc. packaging)
Pre-release phase
release phase
(fixing bugs, no new feature)
Soon end of maintenance
end of


In very brief:
dar is a shell command that backs up from a single file to a whole filesystems, taking care of hard links, Extended Attributes, sparse files, MacOS's file forks, any inode type (including Solaris Door inodes), etc. It has been tested under Linux, Windows, Solaris, FreeBSD, NetBSD, MacOS X and several other systems and is released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It relies on the libdar library and its APplication Interface (API), which is the core part of dar programs; as such, this library is released under the GPL along with dar. Consequently, to use the API, your program must be released under the GPL as well. Some external programs do rely directly on libdar or on the dar command-line tool to provide Graphical User Interfaces (GUI).

For a more detailed presentation: please click here.


A detailed list of features can be found in the documentation, here.

Asking for support

If FAQ, tutorial, mini-howto, usage notes, or man page do not answer to your problem, you can read the dar-support mailing-list archive, and use the search engine (the green text box at the bottom of the page) to look for keywords that match you problem. If that still does not solve your problem, you can subscribe to dar-support mailing-list and send an email to the mailing-list to describe your problem.


The whole documentation is available in html format, you can find it in source packages as well as online here.


Source code

Please read the detailed instructions to compile dar from source code. Source code is available here for releases, here for pre-releases, here for Development versions. For the few that fear downloading software from sourceforge, source code can also fetched from a low bandwidth FTP or HTTPS server. Note that in any case it is better advised to check the dar package signature to reassure yourself (see below for details).

Binary package

Binary packages for windows 64 bits are available here.
For windows 32 bits read the FAQ.

Binary package for Linux are generated by your distro's packager, you should be able to fetch binary packages at your distro site. Today, quite all distro do provide a dar binary package, else you are welcome to ask your distro manager(s) to add a package for this cool software :-)

For MacOS, see here

For FreeBSD, see here

Packages Signature

All source and binary packages officially released are signed against the author's GPG key also available from public key servers.
For the corresponding package signatures check out here

News & Events

Read the dar-news mailing-list archive for latest major events. You can also subscribe to this mailing-list which is read-only (you cannot post to it) has a very low email volume (in average, less than one a month), and automatically be informed about major events like new releases or security issues.

For day to day events, check the sourceforge project page.

Ten years anniversary in 2012 : DAR has 10 years!


you can check for existing bugs and report here those you've found concerning dar or libdar. To open a bug you need to have a user account at sourceforge. This is necessary to have a contact to request additional information to, in order to fix the reported bug.

Feature requests

Feature requests are listed here. You can vote for the one you want to be implemented, the ones that interest most people get implemented first.

Provide or use a patch

You are free to provide a patch for dar and/or libdar,  but use submitted patch at your own risk.

DAR does not need systemd to do its job

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