Bringing you the “Espresso Backup”!

Barman allows your company to implement disaster recovery solutions for PostgreSQL databases with high requirements of business continuity. Taking an online hot backup of PostgreSQL is now as easy as ordering a good espresso coffee.


About Barman

Barman (Backup and Recovery Manager) is an open-source administration tool for disaster recovery of PostgreSQL servers written in Python.

It allows your organisation to perform remote backups of multiple servers in business critical environments and help DBAs during the recovery phase.

Most wanted features

Barman’s most wanted features include backup catalogs, incremental backup, retention policies, remote recovery, archiving and compression of WAL files and backups.

Barman was originally developed by 2ndQuadrant, and is now maintained by EnterpriseDB.


Features & Goals

The main features and goals of Barman are:

  • Full hot physical backup of a PostgreSQL server
  • Point-In-Time-Recovery (PITR)
  • Management of multiple PostgreSQL servers
  • Remote backup via rsync/SSH or pg_basebackup (including a 9.2+ standby)
  • Support for both local and remote (via SSH) recovery
  • Support for both WAL archiving and streaming
  • Support for synchronous WAL streaming (“zero data loss”, RPO=0)
  • Incremental backup and recovery
  • Parallel backup and recovery
  • Hub of WAL files for enhanced integration with standby servers
  • Management of retention policies for backups and WAL files
  • Server status and information
  • Compression of WAL files (bzip2, gzip or custom)
  • Management of base backups and WAL files through a catalogue
  • A simple INI configuration file
  • Totally written in Python
  • Relocation of PGDATA and tablespaces at recovery time
  • General and disk usage information of backups
  • Server diagnostics for backup
  • Integration with standard archiving tools (e.g. tar)
  • Pre/Post backup hook scripts
  • Local storage of metadata