Snap Backup

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Snap Backup® is The one-click backup utility that makes it simple to protect your important work.

User Guide

Protecting your data should be easy

Snap Backup is open source (GPLv3) and free for all to use and modify.

Supported languages:

Albanian (Shqip) sq
Dutch (Nederlands) nl
English en
Esperanto eo
German (Deutsch) de
Indonesian (Bahasa) id
Italian (Italiano) it
Korean (한국어) ko
Portuguese (Português) pt
Romanian (Română) ro
Russian (Русский) ru
Spanish (Español) es
Slovene (Slovenščina) sl

Snap Backup:

The first time you run Snap Backup, you configure where your data files reside and where to create backup files.  Snap Backup will also copy your backup to an archive location, such as a USB flash drive (memory stick), external hard drive, or cloud backup.  Snap Backup automatically puts the current date in the backup file name, alleviating you from the tedious task of renaming your backup file every time you backup.  The backup file is a single compressed zip file that can be read by standard zip programs such as gzip, 7-Zip, The Unarchiver, and Mac's built-in Archive Utility.


February 4, 2024

Snap Backup release 6.6.0 supports Apple silicon (M1, M2, and M3).

September 30, 2022

Snap Backup release 6.5.0 autosaves your settings.

August 5, 2017

Snap Backup release 6.2.0 improves the show largest files option.

August 16, 2015

Snap Backup 6.0.0 is released with support for larger backup files.

January 26, 2014

The new code repository has been created on GitHub .

More news...
January 27, 2013

Domain registration for is now with Namecheap.

March 28, 2012

Snap Backup + Dropbox = Free Cloud Backup

April 23, 2011

Albanian is now included in version 5.6 thanks to Vahidin Qerimi.

January 2, 2011

Romanian is now included in version 5.5 thanks to Dany.

October 27, 2010

Version 5.4 has a performance improvement to launch quicker.

April 18, 2010

Indonesian is now included in version 5.3 thanks to Andy Saksono.

January 2, 2010

Version 5.2 adds a feature to report on the largest files in the backup.

June 2, 2009

Version 5.1 adds a feature to check for updates.

May 6, 2009

Version 5.0 adds export and import for user settings.

September 10, 2008

Slovene (Slovenian) is now included in version 4.5 thanks to Sašo Topolovec.

April 12, 2007

Snap Backup is now open source under the GNU General Public License.  The project is was hosted on Google Code.

June 9, 2006

Korean is now included in version 4.4.

May 7, 2006

Portuguese is now included in version 4.3 thanks to Antonio de Rezende, Jr.

April 23, 2006

Spanish is now included in version 4.2 thanks to Angel Herráez.

January 18, 2006

Dutch is now included in version 4.1 thanks to Oscar Laurens Schrover.

December 1, 2005

Version 3.8 adds support for selectable user interface skins.

September 22, 2005

Version 3.6 adds a command-line option and support for Esperanto by Suzanne Bolduc.

September 2, 2005

With version 3.4, the filter feature now supports folder names in addition to file names.

July 5, 2005

German is now included in version 3.3 thanks to Pascál Bihler and Carlos Maltzahn.

June 17, 2005

Italian is now included in version 3.2 thanks to Giorgio Ponza.

June 1, 2005

Version 3.1 adds filters for increased control over exactly which files to backup.

May 9, 2005

Version 3.0 adds multiple profile support for saving different backup settings.

Take control

System administrators have backup procedures for their company servers, databases, and network files.  Individual computer users, on the other hand, are usually left to fend for themselves.  Snap Backup is the simple answer for individual users, in the corporation or at home, who want to protect their valuable data.

For everyone

Snap Backup is written in Java Swing and designed to run on any computer with Java.  The project is open source and internationalized (meaning we just need to translate the words to support new languages).  Check out the translation page if you want to help translate Snap Backup into your favorite language.


"I've used Snap Backup for some years, so simple! can I donate some $$$"
— R.B.

"Your Snapbackup application is very nice."
— J.S.

"Love the program, simple, doesn't overwrite existing backups."
— C.M.

"very good efforts, easy to use, compact, very impressive work thanks for keeping it OS"
— V.S.

"truly amazing product!  thanks a million for making my backup routines so incredibly easy :)"
— S.M.

"Excelent Software!!!  it make backups easy and fast..."
— M.C.

"very good ,excellent utility i have everseen for backup"
— A.

"nice software.  simple and java based"
— A.K.

"very nice backup tool, thanks a lot."
— R.K.

"thank you for the very good backup tool."
— M.K.

"I just used snap for the first time last week. I had been using winzip for backups for years. I'm totaly hooked and like your product! I hope you are well and thank you!"
— B.

"Have found the program very useful.  I suspect may other people have / will too.  Do you guys have a Pay Pal Account where we mortals can make donations."
— G.R.J.

"snapbackup is a wonderful utility"
— B.C.

"that is a greate app for backup"
— I.L.

"Snap Backup is exactly that, what I need.  Simply and useful  :-)  Thanks for this Program."
— D.v.B.

"Just wanted to comment that Snap Backup works well under OS/2, which is an old operating system however still in use and has JAVA v 1.42."
— E.D.

"what a good app, well done!"
— P.

"bigthx 4 d great app"
— M.

"Great product, and so easy to use.  I have tried numerous backup utilities (paying ones), and have abandoned using them due to complexity.  Hard to believe it's free, so thanks again.  Will certainly recommend to others."
— W.

"Thanks for this great utility!"
— J.N.

"I recently downloaded Snap Backup and began using it.  I like it... a nice simple, 'user freindly' application.  Thanks."
— K.H.

"Thanx for this cool platform independent backup solution that is very easy to handle on both Linux and Windows boxes!  Exactly what I've been looking for."
— K.S.

"Love it!  Clean and easy.  Thanks!"
— B.G.

"Very clear interface!"
— T.

"Great software!"
— K.S.

"Excellent utility - thanks."
— D.

"I love your backup program, thanks for building it..."
— G.B.

"Thanks for a nice program..."
— L.B.

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