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    Time Machine Alternatives for Linux

    Time Machine is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Restic, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Time Machine and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Time Machine are TimeShift (Free, Open Source), Déjà Dup (Free, Open Source), UrBackup (Free, Open Source) and Back In Time (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 12, 2021

    1. An rsync based backup solution for *NIX based system(s), with a flexible scripting subsystem which provides a range of advanced features, customization and flexibility. LBackup is aimed at system administrators.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      MKSBackup is a free front-end for common backup tools like MS Windows ntbackup, and it successor wbadmin, Un*x tools like tar, but also popular ghettoVCB to backup Virtual Machine on VMware ESX(i) host.

      Discontinued

      The product seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.3, released in March 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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    2. Light, secure, and efficient utility for backing up computers and external drives. Supports all major operating systems and all major storage/cloud providers
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Blackberry
      myDataSync is an integration of two of world's most secured and trusted cloud computing platforms i.e., Amazon and Asigra. myDataSync offers unified solution for all your cloud backup and disaster recovery requirements.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Linux
      Snapper is a tool for Linux filesystem snapshot management. Apart from the obvious creation and deletion of snapshots, it can compare snapshots and revert differences between snapshots.
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    3. Snebu -- Simple Network Backup Utility
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Linux Mint
      The Linux Mint backup tool.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Linux
      Backer is a visual front end to the rsync command. It allows the user to select multiple folders and back them up to multiple locations. It stores your backup settings for you so that all your backups can be run easily using a single button click.
    4. Zaloha_Snapshot is an add-on script to Zaloha to create hardlink-based snapshots of the backup directory (condition: hardlinks must be supported by the underlying filesystem type). This allows to create Time Machine-like backup solutions.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Simple system backup and restore application with extra features.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed and supported. Last version, 1.8, released in May 2016, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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      This alternative is disputed. Systemback is still a legitimate alternative to Time Machine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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