Help for Beginners: A Simple Way of Installing the Latest Version of Rsync?

Flex Banana flex.banana at
Tue May 8 07:48:00 MDT 2012


1. Install only Command Line Tools from Xcode (if you don't want the complete package)
2. Download rsync-3.0.9.tar.gz from and untar it*.
3. Go into the rsync folder with the Terminal (cd Downloads/rsync-3.0.9)
4. Run: ./configure
5. Run: make
6. Run: sudo make install

*tar xf rsync-3.0.9.tar.gz or with the Finder

If you want rsync 3.0.9 replace the original (Apple-modified) 2.6.9, run step 4 with the option "prefix": ./configure --prefix=/usr
But this is not recommended.

Good luck future guru

On May 8, 2012, at 3:40 PM, s.noble at wrote:

> Hello,
> Please bear with me because I'm no command-line guru. Quite the opposite.
> I was wondering if there existed a simple, straightforward way for a novice to
> install the latest version of rsync (3.0.9) onto Mac OS X. After searching
> around the Web, I found that the following site offers such an installer --
> --
> but the proposed version of rsync (3.0.6) is not quite the latest one.
> I'm using rsync to back up Mac boxes to a Linux box. I learnt about rsync and
> how to use it, then got it working, only to find that Apple ships OS X with a
> very outdated version of the programme (2.6.9), causing problems, for example,
> with extended attributes.
> Being a novice, I have no need to install Apple's XCode (the MacPorts programme,
> on, would appear to require this, as far as I can understand), and
> I would just like a simple way of getting the latest version of rsync up and
> running.
> Any help anyone would be kind enough to provide would be much appreciated.
> Thanks,
> S.N.
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