14 Outstanding Backup Utilities for Linux Systems

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Aaron Kili

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13 Responses

  1. Renek says:

    Rsnapshot should be on the list

  2. Anonymous says:

    TimeShift is a system restore utility designed for Linux (Debian/Ubuntu). It offers functionality similar to the System Restore feature available in MS Windows and The Time Machine Tool which is for Mac OS. TimeShift takes snapshots of the system as user schedule, these snapshots can be restored later to undo all those changes that were made in the system after the snapshot was taken.


  3. Yan says:

    Just try BURP (Backup and restore program) and you’ll forget all other solutions !

  4. Purple Library Guy says:

    I don’t find LuckyBackup reliable at all. Every time I go to use it, it’s forgotten the jobs I set up last time so I can’t do the key thing backup utilities are supposed to do, just copy the new stuff.

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      Thanks for sharing your ordeal with it, it can help in guiding users in feature decisions on which tools to choose especially when it comes to scheduling jobs feature.

  5. Aaron Kili K says:

    Thanks @Bill Turner @Anonymous Coward @DocB

    For the additional tools you have mentioned, will write on them and include all of them in the article.

  6. Bill Turner says:

    Not to mention LuckyBackup. Been using it for years – easy to set and easy to use.

  7. Anonymous Coward says:

    If you’re considering Bacula, look at Bareos too. I use Bareos in production, I find it is a fantastic solution.

  8. DocB says:

    Areca? Nice tool which does what I need, including incremental and ifferential backups, plus option to explort command line for use in cron.
    Convinces me more than kbackup, which I used before….

  9. aplatypus says:

    #9 — BackTime is “Back in Time”, shown in screen shots.


    I don’t have enough data to offer a comment; except that the wholistic approach that (Apple) Time-Machine implements is in my experience much better (if a lot messier) than anything I’ve used/done manually or semi-automated on NAS, Linux, Windows, Android, etc.

    Worth your time to evaluate WHAT it does; vis-a-vie your project, PC or server needs . . .

  10. Bjarke Bruun says:

    Where is Duplicity?

    BoxBackup has a bug where huge filestructures takes incrementally longer to backup depending on number of subdirectories and files, I would not recommend it for developers of people with lots of source code. I tried to set it up for my company, but it could not handle the few GIT repos I have, and I’m a sysadmin.

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