5 Useful Amazon S3 Backup Tools

By Joel Falconer
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Amazon Web Services’ S3 storage solution is useful for many things, and serves as the CDN for many major websites. But despite the portfolio of high-profile use cases for the service, it’s still just as handy for personal conveniences, like backing up your data. In this post, we look at five useful Amazon S3 backup tools.

S3 Backup

“S3 Backup is the most reliable, fast and simple to use solution around for keeping your data backed up online but still safe and encrypted. You can use your own Amazon S3 account and encrypt your files with some really strong ciphers. Running a scheduled backup job allows you to be secure in the knowledge that no matter what happens to the computer or your entire network, you will always have access to all of your important files.”

  • Get It At: Maluke
  • Cost: Free
  • Platform: Windows, Mac OS X (beta)

Jungle Disk

“Make sure your memories don’t turn into just memories. With Jungle Disk, your important documents, treasured photos, home movies, and more are always within reach. You can even select where to store your files—Jungle Disk works seamlessly with both Rackspace® Cloud Files and Amazon S3.”

  • Get It At: Jungle Disk
  • Cost: From $2/month
  • Platform: All


“DragonDisk is a file-management system for the Amazon S3 Service. DragonDisk will backup, share and organize your data thanks to an intuitive interface similar to Windows Explorer’s. Its functions and conviviality will persuade you from the start, whether you are an amateur or a professional user.”

  • Get It At: DragonDisk
  • Cost: Free
  • Platform: Windows, Mac OS X & Linux

CloudBerry S3 Backup Desktop

“CloudBerry Online Backup provides a powerful Backup and Restore program designed to leverage Amazon S3 storage to make your disaster recovery plan simple, reliable, and affordable. Disaster recovery planning is often times an afterthought that comes to light when disaster strikes. Very seldom do companies fully recover from loss of critical data which could lead to loss of business.”

  • Get It At: CloudBerry
  • Cost: $29.99
  • Platform: Windows


“Duplicity backs directories by producing encrypted tar-format volumes and uploading them to a remote or local file server. Because duplicity uses librsync, the incremental archives are space efficient and only record the parts of files that have changed since the last backup. Because duplicity uses GnuPG to encrypt and/or sign these archives, they will be safe from spying and/or modification by the server.”

  • Get It At: Duplicity
  • Cost: Free
  • Platform: GNU/Linux
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  • Peter W.

    I don´t get what Backup and Jungle Disk offer more in terms of service than the standard already provided by Amazon S3. CloudBerry makes more sense and I guess Dragon Disk is probably directed to users that are not really familiar with cloud based software or in general just feel comfortable in a Windows-based environment.

  • Tej Kiran Sharma


    Bucket Explorer for using Amazon S3. It is providing you features which will help you to do your task easy, batch operation allows for ACL, Metadata, Delete, Providing Queue for operation with statistics. This tool is available for Mac/Llinux/Windows

    Tej Kiran

  • Markus L.

    I have several comments:

    (1) S3Backup from Maluke is not free. According to their site, it’s a 60 day free trial. and then you must purchase a license.

    (2) To Peter W.’s comments … you can always manually backup files to Amazon S3 using their own web-based tool. However, if you want to have automated scheduling, full and incremental backup, and locally managed data encryption, then you need to look at 3rd party clients. My personal preference is called Duplicati, which is an extremely flexible free backup application for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

  • Trevor

    Yes, I also think that Duplicati is missing. It works in a similar way as duplicity and is able to produce encrypted, incremental, compressed backups. But compared to duplicity, it is much easier to use as it comes with a nice UI, it is available for more platforms including Windows and my personal feeling is that it is faster.

    @Joel: Maybe you want to change your article to the “6 Useful Amazon S3 Backup Tools” :-)

  • Isfeasachme

    It is a shame you don’t review these apps here. I use S3 Backup (paid version) to safeguard 200+gb of data. Today, I needed to recover 50gb… and S3 Backup is next to useless. When downloading the files, if it encounters the slightest hiccup, it crashes and you have to start the ENTIRE DOWNLOAD over. There is no ‘resume’ feature or ‘skip existing files’. You can’t even surf into your bucket and get a file count of a particular folder so you can match it against what you’ve downloaded. When Amazon charges by the download, this is a pretty freaking big fail.

    Compare this against a service like Carbonite with great software, low fees and no storage limits and it is pretty clear I made the wrong choice.

    • Brendan

      Carbonite effectively has a 200GB limit. After you upload 200GB, it slows to a snails pace and you basically will never be able to get it to upload more data. It is like a 28kb modem. worthless