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amanda-applications: Application-api for amanda


amanda-applications - Application-api for amanda


Describe how to use application with Amanda


This section lists the applications included with Amanda. See the individual man pages for instructions on using them. For complete How-To information, consult the Amanda wiki at

amgtar(8), - use GNU Tar to backup and restore data.

ampgsql(8), - use PostgreSQL's continuous WAL archiving.

amraw(8), - use open and read to read the data.

amsamba(8), - use smbclient to backup and restore data.

amstar(8), - use star to backup and restore data.

amsuntar(8), - use native tar on Solaris to backup and restore data.

amzfs-sendrecv(8), - use zfs to create a snapshot and use 'zfs send' to generate the backup.

amzfs-snapshot(8), - use zfs to create a snapshot and for use with other applications (e.g. amgtar)


An application is defined in amanda.conf(5) as follows:

define application-tool $appconfigname {
   plugin "$pluginname"
and then referenced in a dumptype as

define dumptype $dumptypename {
   program "APPLICATION"
   application "$appconfigname"

Application properties, like Amanda configuration parameters, are insensitive to case, and - (dash) and _ (underscore) may be used interchangeably.

See the individual plugin documentation for properties applicable to each plugin.


Jean-Louis Martineau <martineau [at]>

Zmanda, Inc. (

Dustin J. Mitchell <dustin [at]>

Zmanda, Inc. (


amanda(8), amanda.conf(5)

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