I want to update rsync in high sierra.

After I installed it using homebrew, it is installed in


rsync --version still shows 2.6.9. how can I fix that?

  • Truck.app is an rsync client for Mac that comes with rsync 3.1.1 bundled. bonhardcomputing.com/truck (disclaimer: I am a developer) – dave Feb 11 at 4:40

From this article:

Open the terminal and paste the command:

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"

Homebrew will link most software to /usr/local/bin. However, the terminal may be looking in other folders first, so lets make sure that /usr/local/bin is the first line in our path list.

sudo nano /private/etc/paths

Now you are ready to install the new Rsync version, and can do so as follows:

brew install rsync

Once completed, you should sign out and back in to MacOS.

When entering the command below, you will see now that you are using rsync 3.1.3 (at time of writing), instead of rsync 2.6.9. You are no longer running a 12 year old version of Rsync!

rsync --version
rsync  version 3.1.3  protocol version 31

As simple as that.

  • Is there a way to have brew install rsync v3 under a different name (e.g. rsync3)? v2 and v3 have some different (incompatible) options, so a command that works fine with v2 may fail with v3 because the options mean something else. Thus, it'd be safer not to override the builtin v2. – Gordon Davisson Nov 30 '18 at 18:00
  • Te OP has already installed via Homebrew so most of this is not useful and the useful bit is not usually needed. – user151019 Feb 12 at 22:37

Try closing terminal window and opening it again. Rsync changes only take place after closing terminal session. Helped in my case.

  • this worked for me, thanks! – Sid Aug 14 at 8:16

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