Rsync on OSX - Upgrade to version 3x

Submitted by Janak on Sun, 05/08/2011 - 13:32

OK, OSX is a "good" operating system and I use it among win7 and centos BUT there are a number of things that annoy me from a geek perspective. One of them is outdated versions of various packages - in this case Rsync.

By defaut, OSX 10.6 ships with version 2.6.9 - which for most basic taks is "fine" but if you are rsyncing files with international characters in filename from a linux you need to use iconv option with rsync, more about that in this post.

So, if you need to upgrade the rsync version of your OSX, you have a few options:

Install Rsync version 3x on OSX 10.6

  • Compile from source - this is OSX, I thought the days of compiling software was so NOT OSX, anyway.. suit yourself
  • Macports - I personally dont use macports, but if you are, good luck
  • Install precompiled version of rsync - maybe a little insecure, but a lot more easier if you dont fancy "messing around"

Using any of the above methods by default will place new version of Rsync into /usr/local/bin/ folder, all that remains is to include this in your local path.

Adding Rsync directories to the Mac OS X PATH variable

echo 'export PATH=/usr/local/bin:$PATH' >> ~/.profile

Relaunch Terminal and check the version:
rsync --version