Amanda Community

Open Source. Open Formats. Open APIs.

  • Free enterprise backup & recovery
  • Secure backup
  • Intelligent scheduling
  • Bundled with all enterprise Linux distributions
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Amanda Community at a Glance

Here Is What You Get with Amanda

Backup & Recovery

  • Supports tape, cloud & disk storage
  • Backs up multiple machines in parallel to a holding disk
  • Automatically splits tapes to store large backups
  • Provides near real time RPO


  • Stores backup in open-source format
  • Runs transparently from cron as needed
  • Customizable and scalable
  • No vendor lock-ins

Secure Backups

  • Supports secure communication between server and client using OpenSSH
  • Ensures security of data at rest
  • Supports up to 4096-bit keys with public-key cryptography
  • Supports 256-bit AES encryption

Intelligent Scheduling

  • Schedules full and incremental backups
  • Efficiently performs backup runs during periods of system idleness

What’s New with Amanda Community

New Release 3.5.4

The latest stable version of Amanda, 3.5.4 was released on 25th August 2023. This release encompasses the resolution of security vulnerabilities to further enhance your backup experience.


Used Amanda Community for years (starting 2001-ish). The product is brilliant and works lovely, with the best bit being the fact it can stage backups and multiple backups at the same time, thereby keeping overall backup times down to a minimum.

Martin Hepworth

Group IT Security Manager

Recent Releases

Release 3.5.4

Amanda 3.5.4 is the latest release that includes security enhancements to further elevate your backup experience. This release focuses on delivering the utmost data protection by addressing Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs), ensuring a smoother and more reliable backup process.

Security Bug Fixes

  • Security enhancements were applied to runtar (CVE-2023-30577) utility.

The 3.5.3 version of Amanda has addressed a few Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs). This release enhances the security of your systems, mitigating the risk of attacks and data breaches, and providing a safer backup environment.
Security Bug Fixes

  • Minor data privacy enhancement to the calcsize utility (CVE-2022-37703).
  • Security enhancements and default hardening were applied to rundump.c (CVE-2022-37704) and runtar (CVE-2022-37705) utilities.
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The 3.5.2 version of Amanda will prevent unintentional deletions of data on tapes. With this release, you can stay assured that your data on tapes is safe, irrespective of the value set on the retention period.
  • Prevent auto-label from erasing tapes - Auto-label is disabled from claiming non-Amanda and other configuration labels by default. This change will prevent rewriting your existing tape media with new backup set.
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The 3.5.1 version of Amanda comprised of following features and enhancements.
  • Compilation on Solaris
  • Do not check all 'r' bit on suid binary
  • Fix parsing of configuration override (-o)
  • Can unset some setting
  • Client code will not fail if shared memory is not available
  • amreport
  • Significant enhancements
  • Allow '*' for a datestamp wildcard
  • amgetconf
  • Print an empty string if a parameter is not set instead of 'no such parameter'
  • amdump
  • New --no-dump, --no-flush and --no-vault argument
  • amstatus fix
  • Lock holding disk to protect multiple parallel access

Award-Winning Community Edition

Amanda is a winner of multiple awards, including 'Favorite Backup Solution' by Linux Journal.

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Features Amanda
Automated Backups (Full and Incremental)
Backup file systems in Windows, Linux, Mac OS
Backup scheduler
Backup to storage- Cloud Storage, Disk {NAS, SAN, iSCSI}, Tape
Vaulting & Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape {D2D2T}
Open Formats for long-term archiving
Encryption and Compression of backup archives
Web Based Centralized Management Console
User Management - LDAP, RBAC
Backup Server Replication {DR to a remote site}
Data Deduplication
Backup of VMs in Vmware
Security Enhanced Linux {SELinux} Support
Live Database backup
NDMP based backups of NAS Applications
Support & Services
24x7 Production Support
Professional Services and Training
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Frequently Asked Questions

Amanda Community Edition is a free and stable version of the world's most popular open-source Data recovery Software Zmanda. To download Amanda Community Edition, please visit our Amanda Community downloads. The Zmanda Wiki page will provide you with all the required details to install and run Amanda in your backup environment.

Yes, components from the Community Edition and Enterprise Edition can be integrated, but this is typically not recommended and may require Professional Services to complete.

You can join the discussion and raise issues on the Amanda Github issue page.

You can get started by building a basic configuration in your backup environment. Please refer to the Basic Configuration Wiki page for more help

Amanda uses Amrecover to recover data. You can follow the Recovering Files Wiki to recover your data using Amanda Community

Find answers to all your questions on FAQs Wiki.

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