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Backup Tools For Linux

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Backup process is the one of the most important task for any users. It helps you to protect your data from any future troubles. In this post, we are going to talk about some of the useful and best backup tools for Linux.

Linux Backup Tools

Let’s checkout some of the best Linux backup tools.

1. Rsync

Rsync is an opensource backup tools for Linux based operating system. It is useful for incremental backup service. It also uses can use rsh, ssh or direct sockets as the transport method.

2. Grsync

Grsync is a graphical user interface for rsync. It can be used to synchronize folders and back it up.  Grsync makes use of the GTK libraries.

3. Timeshift

Timeshift is a system restore tool for Linux which creates filesystem snapshots. It uses rsync+hardlinks, or BTRFS snapshots.  One of the interesting feature of this tool is that snapshots can be restored while system is running or from Live CD/USB.

4. sbackup

Backup Tools For Linux

Simple and lite backup tool for Gnome based desktop environment. Some of the features are:

  • creates compressed and uncompressed backups
  • It splits uncompressed backups into several chunks
  • scheduled backups and manual backups


5. Kbackup

Useful backup tool for KDE destkop environment, It lets you back up any folders or files in a tar archive to a local folder, e.g. a locally mounted device like a ZIP drive, USB stick, etc. or a remote URL.

6. Fwbackups

best linux backup tools

Simple but useful backup tool for Linux  which allows you to backup your documents on a one-off or recurring scheduled basis. It is a cross platform backup tool.

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7. Box Backup

Box Backup is an open source and on-line backup system. It is an automatic backup tool.

Back In Time

Back In Time is a simple backpup tool for Linux based operating system. It provides a command line client ‘backintime’ and a Qt5 GUI ‘backintime-qt’ both written in Python3.


8. BackupPC

BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade backup tool for Linux. BackupPC is written in Perl language. BackupPC extracts backup data via SMB (using Samba), rsync, or tar over ssh/rsh/nfs.

9. Amanda

Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver or in short Amanda  is a backup tool.  IT administrator  can use this tool to set up a single master backup server to back up multiple hosts over network to tape drives/changers or disks or optical media.


Bacula is an open source backup tool to  manage backup, recovery, and verification of computer data across a network of computers of different kinds.

10. Duplicati

Duplicati is free software and open source backup tool which is available for multiple platform. It backup files and folders with  AES-256 encryption. It works perfectly with standard protocols like FTP, SSH, WebDAV along with other popular file storage services like Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive & S3, Google Drive,, Mega, etc.

11. rsnapshot

It is a filesystem snapshot utility. rsnapshot is based on rsync.  It is pretty easy and quick to make periodic snapshots of local machines, and remote machines over ssh.

12. Clonezilla

It is basically a partition tools with cloning feature. It is similar like a Norton Ghost tool.  Clonezilla is basically available in two edition. They are Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition).  Live edition is suitable for the single machine backup.

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13. Borg Backup

Borg Backup is a deduplicating backup program. It backups files/folders with 256-bit AES encryption.


14. Restic

Restic is a backup program which  is fast, efficient and secure. It is available for multiple platform.


Note: Let us know if we have missed out any important free backup tools.