Toucan 3.1.5 (sync, backup and encryption tool) Released

Submitted by alt on July 5, 2017 - 6:02pm

Toucan logoToucan 3.1.5 has been released by Toucan is a tool for advanced users that allows you to sync, backup and secure files on your portable device. This release marks the return of active stable releases of Toucan under a new developer. It includes bug fixes for UI themes, logs, and documentation as well as updated translations. It's packaged in Format for easy use from any portable device and integration with the Platform. And it's open source and completely free.

Update automatically or install from the portable app store in the Platform.


Toucan Screenshot

Toucan is a small utility allowing you to synchronise, backup and secure your data with more options than the built in suite utilities. It is split up into 7 tabs, allowing you to easily find the function that you want. This version features:

  • Five synchronisation modes, Copy, Mirror, Equalise, Move and Clean. These can be combined with a variety of file checks such as File Size, Modified Time and a File Header Check to minimise the amount of copying needed.
  • Backup and restore in industry standard Zip, 7-Zip and GZip files, with support for complete backups, updating existing backups and differential backups, as well as restoring files from an archive. Automatic testing of created archives is also supported as is password protection.
  • AES-256 encryption using ccrypt.
  • A complete command line system allowing you to create new jobs and run existing ones from the command prompt or a batch file.
  • A Rules system that allows you to easily exclude files based on their name, a regular expression, their modified date or file size.
  • An advanced scripting system using the Lua programming language that allows complex scripts to be created, anything from a backup script that automatically uploads new backups to a script that synchronizes your files to a USB drive and then encrypts the sensitive files in case of loss.
  • A large collect of in built Variables for basic functions such as the date and time or more complex variables that point to the drives label or documents directory. You can also define your own as short cuts to paths on your USB drive or your PC.
  • Many other features such as support for the new Windows 7 taskbar, full drag and drop support and translations to many languages. Installer / Format

Toucan is packaged in a Installer so it will automatically detect an existing installation when your drive is plugged in. And it's in Format, so it automatically works with the Platform including the Menu and Backup Utility.


Toucan is available for immediate download from the Toucan homepage. Get it today!

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John T. Haller's picture

I'd like to thank Alex for taking over Toucan development after Steve's departure. He's been working on it for a while now and putting together packages on our github page. We're now officially releasing them for all users and automatically pushing them out via the Platform as well.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

But if Alex took over, why does the post still look for a new developer? Was it just a one time release?

Anyway, I used to use Toucan all the time, but since moved to FreeFileSync Portable, which has similar features (unlike other portable sync apps).

John T. Haller's picture

It was a copy and paste error. I've removed it.

Sadly, FreeFileSync is dead from a portable perspective. At least open source-wise. The version we host from 2 years ago is the last one that works properly portably without being paid.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!