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Open Source Time Machine Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Time Machine is Restic. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Time Machine and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Time Machine are TimeShift, Déjà Dup, UrBackup and Back In Time.

Time Machine alternatives are mainly System Restore Tools but may also be Disk Cloning Tools or Disk Imaging Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Time Machine.
This page was last updated Nov 12, 2021
  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac

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  1. Restic

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Arch Linux
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenBSD

    restic is a program that does backups right. The design goals are: Easy, Fast, Verifiable, Secure, Efficient, Free.

  2. TimeShift

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    TimeShift for Linux is an application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and Time Machine tool in Mac OS. TimeShift protects your system by taking incremental snapshots of file system at regular intervals.



  3. Déjà Dup

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Déjà Dup is a simple backup tool. It hides the complexity of doing backups the Right Way (encrypted, off-site, and regularly) and uses Duplicity as the backend.

    Some users think Déjà Dup is a great alternative to Time Machine, some don't.
  4. UrBackup is a open source client/server backup system, that through a combination of image and file backups accomplishes both data safety and a fast restoration time.

  5. Back In Time

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux, inspired by "FlyBack project".

    Some users think Back In Time is a great alternative to Time Machine, some don't.


  6. Duplicacy

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Duplicacy is a new generation local and cloud backup tool that supports cross-computer deduplication. It is free for personal use and source code is available to commercial users.

  7. Proxmox Backup Server

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Debian

    Proxmox Backup Server is an enterprise backup solution, for backing up and restoring VMs, containers, and physical hosts. By supporting incremental, fully deduplicated backups, Proxmox Backup Server significantly reduces network load and saves valuable storage space.

  8. Duplicity is a software suite that provides encrypted, digitally signed, versioned, remote backup of files requiring little of the remote server.

  9. rdiff-backup

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux

    rdiff-backup backs up one directory to another, possibly over a network. The target directory ends up a copy of the source directory, but extra reverse diffs are stored in a special subdirectory of that target directory, so you can still recover files lost some time ago.

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  10. Lethe

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Lethe is a Deep Freeze -like partition freezing software for Debian GNU/Linux and Lihuen GNU/Linux (May work on other Debian-based GNU/Linux distributions).

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 0.34, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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