Note that if at any point the package you’re trying to use is outdated, you always have the option to use an official binary from the restic project.

These are up to date binaries, built in a reproducible and verifiable way, that you can download and run without having to do additional installation work.

Please see the Official Binaries section below for various downloads. Official binaries can be updated in place by using the restic self-update command.

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, there is a package called restic installed from the official community repos, e.g. with pacman -S:

$ pacman -S restic


On Debian, there’s a package called restic which can be installed from the official repos, e.g. with apt-get:

$ apt-get install restic


Please be aware that, at the time of writing, Debian stable has restic version 0.3.3 which is very old. The testing and unstable branches have recent versions of restic.


restic can be installed using dnf:

$ dnf install restic

If you used restic from copr previously, remove the copr repo as follows to avoid any conflicts:

$ dnf copr remove copart/restic


If you are using macOS, you can install restic using the homebrew package manager:

$ brew install restic

Nix & NixOS

If you are using Nix or NixOS there is a package available named restic. It can be installed using nix-env:

$ nix-env --install restic


On OpenBSD 6.3 and greater, you can install restic using pkg_add:

# pkg_add restic


On FreeBSD (11 and probably later versions), you can install restic using pkg install:

# pkg install restic


restic can be installed via copr repository, for RHEL7/CentOS you can try the following:

$ yum install yum-plugin-copr
$ yum copr enable copart/restic
$ yum install restic

If that doesn’t work, you can try adding the repository directly, for CentOS6 use:

$ yum-config-manager --add-repo

For CentOS7 use:

$ yum-config-manager --add-repo


restic can be installed from the official repo of Solus via the eopkg package manager:

$ eopkg install restic


restic can be installed using Scoop:

scoop install restic

Using this installation method, restic.exe will automatically be available in the PATH. It can be called from cmd.exe or PowerShell by typing restic.

Official Binaries

Stable Releases

You can download the latest stable release versions of restic from the restic release page. These builds are considered stable and releases are made regularly in a controlled manner.

There’s both pre-compiled binaries for different platforms as well as the source code available for download. Just download and run the one matching your system.

The official binaries can be updated in place using the restic self-update command:

$ restic version
restic 0.9.1 compiled with go1.10.3 on linux/amd64

$ restic self-update
find latest release of restic at GitHub
latest version is 0.9.2
download file SHA256SUMS
download SHA256SUMS
download file SHA256SUMS
download SHA256SUMS.asc
GPG signature verification succeeded
download restic_0.9.2_linux_amd64.bz2
downloaded restic_0.9.2_linux_amd64.bz2
saved 12115904 bytes in ./restic
successfully updated restic to version 0.9.2

$ restic version
restic 0.9.2 compiled with go1.10.3 on linux/amd64

The self-update command uses the GPG signature on the files uploaded to GitHub to verify their authenticity. No external programs are necessary.


Please be aware that the user executing the restic self-update command must have the permission to replace the restic binary. If you want to save the downloaded restic binary into a different file, pass the file name via the option --output.

Unstable Builds

Another option is to use the latest builds for the master branch, available on the restic beta download site. These too are pre-compiled and ready to run, and a new version is built every time a push is made to the master branch.


On Windows, put the restic.exe binary into %SystemRoot%\System32 to use restic in scripts without the need for absolute paths to the binary. This requires administrator rights.

Docker Container

We’re maintaining a bare docker container with just a few files and the restic binary, you can get it with docker pull like this:

$ docker pull restic/restic


Another docker container which offers more configuration options is
available as a contribution (Thank you!). You can find it at

From Source

restic is written in the Go programming language and you need at least Go version 1.9. Building restic may also work with older versions of Go, but that’s not supported. See the Getting started guide of the Go project for instructions how to install Go.

In order to build restic from source, execute the following steps:

$ git clone

$ cd restic

$ go run -mod=vendor build.go

For Go versions < 1.11, the option -mod=vendor needs to be removed, like this:

$ go run build.go

You can easily cross-compile restic for all supported platforms, just supply the target OS and platform via the command-line options like this (for Windows and FreeBSD respectively):

$ go run -mod=vendor build.go --goos windows --goarch amd64

$ go run -mod=vendor build.go --goos freebsd --goarch 386

$ go run -mod=vendor build.go --goos linux --goarch arm --goarm 6

Again, for Go < 1.11 -mod=vendor needs to be removed.

The resulting binary is statically linked and does not require any libraries.

At the moment, the only tested compiler for restic is the official Go compiler. Building restic with gccgo may work, but is not supported.


Restic can write out man pages and bash/zsh compatible autocompletion scripts:

$ ./restic generate --help

The "generate" command writes automatically generated files like the man pages
and the auto-completion files for bash and zsh).

  restic generate [command] [flags]

      --bash-completion file   write bash completion file
  -h, --help                   help for generate
      --man directory          write man pages to directory
      --zsh-completion file    write zsh completion file

Example for using sudo to write a bash completion script directly to the system-wide location:

$ sudo ./restic generate --bash-completion /etc/bash_completion.d/restic
writing bash completion file to /etc/bash_completion.d/restic