About Minarca

Discover Minarca's History and Values

Since its inception in 2014, Minarca has strived to become a benchmark in data backup for small and medium-sized businesses. Learn more about our history, values and goals as we continue our journey in the world of open-source and technology.

History of Minarca

Minarca was founded in 2014 by Patrik Dufresne, under the name "Patrik Dufresne Service Logiciel Inc.", a company specializing in software design and development. Inspired by the need for a user-friendly and accessible backup solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), Patrik began developing Minarca using open-source technologies such as Rdiffweb and Rdiff-backup. Over the years, Minarca has evolved to become a benchmark in data backup, with advanced features and cross-platform compatibility.


Creation of Patrik Dufresne Service Logiciel Inc., a company specialized in software design and development.


Use of Rdiffweb and Rdiff-backup to meet our internal backup needs and those of our clients.


Development of new features to go even further in the client interface for optimized integration and maximum usability.


Birth of Minarca, whose combination of the words “Mine” and “Arca” means “my chest” in Latin.


Development of an open-source version of Minarca compatible only with Windows.


Name change: Patrik Dufresne Service Logiciel Inc. becomes IKUS Software to support the company’s international growth.


Complete rewrite of Minarca in the Python language to ensure compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux.


Continuous improvement of the software with the support of the open-source community.


New version of Minarca enabling backups to multiple destinations, including backups to external disks.

Our Values

At Minarca, we believe in accessibility and reliability. Our aim is to provide a backup solution that is both easy to use for SMBs and that our users can rely on to protect their most valuable data.

Advantages of Minarca

From the outset, Minarca has been committed to providing a robust, user-friendly data backup solution that's accessible to everyone. Discover below the key benefits that make Minarca the ideal choice for protecting your most valuable data:

Cross-platform compatibility

Our solution supports backup of Linux, Windows and MacOS, offering maximum flexibility to our users.

Easy to install

Minarca is designed to be easy to install and configure, even for less technical users, making set-up quick and hassle-free.

Open-Source and Free

Minarca is a free, open-source solution, allowing anyone to use and modify it to suit their needs.

Our Commitment

We aim to become a benchmark for data backup in the open-source community. We actively contribute to the development of the technologies used in Minarca, such as rdiff-backup, and more recently, Kivy and KivyMD. As an open-source project, we encourage community participation and welcome contributions from all.

The Next Step

For Minarca, the next step is to become better known in the open-source community and beyond. We are determined to continue improving our solution and offering advanced features while remaining true to our core values. Our aim is to become the data backup solution of choice for SMEs and individual users looking for simplicity, reliability and accessibility.