Simple Backup

Simple Backup is a shell script to create basic backups using tar, find, grep, sed, and bash. It works by using a file that contains the folders to be backed up and a file that contains expressions to exclude certain folders/files.

The utilities used are found on almost all *nix distributions.


  • Uses standard unix commands available on almost all unix distributions
  • Can be run from cron
  • KISS designed 


  • Grep
  • Bash
  • sed
  • Tar (depending on your version of tar you may need to change a flag in the script) 
  • Find