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Bart is a file and folder backup tool, which transfers changes from multiple source directory trees to destination trees. When run, it will copy any files which have changed since the last run, bringing the destination up to date with the source in an efficient way, copying only files required.

Bart can read from a list of source directories, so not only can it keep your My Documents folder backed up, but also any other data stored on your drive in other locations. Direct the target of each of these folders at a network drive on another machine, a second hard drive in the same machine, or removable media such as a USB pen drive. When first run, all the files will be copied, and then on subsequent runs only the files which have altered will be updated, new files copied, and deleted ones removed.

Bart keeps the target completely in line with the source. It does not perform two-way synchronisation. If a file in the target was changed, on next run of Bart, it would be replaced with the file from the source.


The source can be either a single file, or a directory. If a directory is used, then a checkbox controls whether all subdirectories are also copied. Multiple source directories can be chosen, so that all your data areas can be backed up at once.


The destination folder is kept synchronised with the source. Any changes which are made to the destination would be overwritten the next time Bart is run - to this end do not edit files in the destination, or save anything new! The syncronisation is one-way, and is complete.


An exclusion list can be set for each task, so that certain files can be ignored. To back up a photos directory, but leave out thumbnail files, the pattern "thumbs*" would be added. Multiple file specifications can be made, such as "*obj;*pdb;*aps;*.sbr;*.pch;*.idb;*.res", and full paths can be excluded by specifying them. "d:\photos\2004;thumbs*;00_index*;*gif" would omit the 2004 folder, and also skip over any file starting with "thumbs" or "00_index" and any ending with "gif".

Exclude directories by specifying the whole directory, eg "c:\program files\firewall".

Exclude files by specifying the filename, eg "persfw.conf", not the whole path "c:\program files\firewall\persfw.conf"

Command line

The following can be specified on the command line:

  • -runall - Bart will run all enabled jobs, show the balloon summary and quit
  • -show - When used with -runall, the main dialog is displayed while the jobs are running
  • -stay - Bart will stick around once it's finished running the jobs. Clicking any buttons in the interface if -show is specified will also cause it to remain
  • -shutdown - the computer will be shut down once the jobs have been run, as long as there were no errors in any of the tasks
  • -ignoreerrors - if -shutdown has been specified and errors were found, shut down anyway
  • -datelog - save detailed logs to different files, named as the date on which the job was run
  • -logexclusions - also write files which are skipped to the detailed log file
  • -file <filename> - open the specified job file
  • -noballoon - do not display a tray icon balloon when the job has completed
  • -auto - run silently with no user interaction, or windows: use this for running Bart from a Scheduled Task
  • -showdetlog - open the detailed log file when the job completes
  • -letter:x - set 'x' as the variable drive

c:\program files\bart\bart.exe -runall -show -shutdown

This will start Bart, run all the jobs, and at completion the computer will be shut down


Bart writes an HTML-based log file (log.html) of its operations, a CSV with details of each run (summary.log), and pops up a task-tray balloon when the tasks are complete.


Bart user Piero Pratesi has written a companion app (in Italian) named AvviaBackup which helps locate a certain removable drive connected to your machine, and then launches Bart with the -letter command line parameter filled in. To use it, create a folder named 'ZZZZZZZZZZ_NON_CAMBIARE_NOME' on the root of your drive, and then an empty file in that folder named 'ZZZZZZZZZZ_SEGNAPOSTO_BACKUP.TXT'. Put the exe in the same location as Bart, and then run:

AvviaBackup.exe -letter:

Pascal source code is also included in the download.


3.00 - 23rd December 2012


  • Full Unicode support
  • Progress bar
  • -showdetlog command line option
  • "Rename files in destination if just the case has changed" task option
  • Added "Keep system awake" options
  • "Clear log window" menu item
  • App can be fully portable by using 'bart.ini' rather than the registry
  • Status bar
  • Double-click a log line to copy it to the clipboard
  • Debug mode
  • "Do not copy files with exactly one hour modification difference" option
  • Log file shows job run total seconds correctly
  • Detail log now shown correctly with -datelog parameter when clicking the tray balloon
  • Menu items are now interactive during task runs
  • Bug right-clicking tasks further than 10th in the list fixed
  • "Failed to open source" now reports why
  • Added a third '0' to the job count
  • Moved buttons to menus
  • Added a Options dialog
  • Dialog can be resized
  • REPARSE_POINT and JUNCTION directory entries are now ignored
  • Errors are shown in the summary box in red


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