Docker periodic-sync

Periodic or one-time remote rsync copy jobs

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docker-periodic-rsync is a Docker image based on Debian 8 with cron, ssh and rsync for periodic or one-time remote rsync copy jobs.

Open source project:



  • setup passwordless SSH login on remote machines (setup)
  • /root/.ssh: mount your passwordless SSH public and private keys (id_rsa/, chown to user root)
  • /data: mount preferred target directory
  • /etc/crontab: mount your crontab file (for periodic usage)

For one-time usage (need specify command):

$ docker run -it --rm -v /srv/backup/.ssh:/root/.ssh -v /srv/backup/data:/data gw000/periodic-rsync rsync -zave ssh user@server.remote:dir/ /data

For periodic usage (prepare crontab file /srv/backup/cron.d/backup):

# /etc/cron.d/backup: system-wide crontab

# m h dom mon dow user  command
*/5 *   *   *   * root  rsync -zave ssh user@server.remote:dir/ /data
$ docker run -d -v /srv/backup/.ssh:/root/.ssh -v /srv/backup/cron.d:/etc/cron.d -v /srv/backup/data:/data --name backup gw000/periodic-rsync


If you encounter any bugs or have feature requests, please file them in the issue tracker or even develop it yourself and submit a pull request over GitHub.


Copyright © 2016 gw0 [] <>

This library is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License 3.0+ (AGPL-3.0+). Note that it is mandatory to make all modifications and complete source code of this library publicly available to any user.