Speeding up Rsync on local (secure) networks
The most common way to use Rsync is probably as such:
rsync -avr user@<source>:<source_dir> <dest_dir>
Resulting in 30-35MB/s depending on file sizes
This can be improved by using a more efficient, less secure encryption algorithm, disabling compression and telling the SSH client to disable some unneeded features that slow things down.
With the settings below I have achieved 100MB/s (at work between VMs) and over 300MB/s at home between SSD drives.
rsync -arv --numeric-ids --progress -e "ssh -T -c [email protected] -o Compression=no -x" user@<source>:<source_dir> <dest_dir>
If you want to delete files at the DST that have been deleted at the SRC (obviously use with caution:
rsync -arv --numeric-ids --progress -e "ssh -T -c [email protected] -o Compression=no -x" user@<source>:<source_dir> <dest_dir> --delete
Points of note:
- Because of the weak encryption used, it is not recommended for transferring files across hostile networks (such as the internet).
- There are scenarios where enabling compression can improve performance, i.e. if your network link is very slow and your files compress well.
- Don’t forget to forward your SSH keys to the host you’re going to run it on! (
ssh-agent && ssh-add((if it’s not already running))
ssh -A [email protected])
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