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 Duplicati, 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 Restic (Free, Open Source), Déjà Dup (Free, Open Source), TimeShift (Free, Open Source) and UrBackup (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 14, 2021

    1. Duplicati is a backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on local storage, cloud storage services and remote file servers. The Duplicati project was inspired by Duplicity and had similar functionality until 2008.
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      Almost everyone thinks Duplicati is a great alternative to Time Machine.
      Only backs up the changes instead of the whole file, just like Time Machine.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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      because it saves the whole backup every time, not just the changes like time machine does
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    2. Easy: Doing backups should be a frictionless process, otherwise you are tempted to skip it. Restic should be easy to configure and use, so that in the unlikely event of a data loss you can just restore it. Likewise, restoring data should not be complicated.


    3. 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.
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      Some users think Déjà Dup is a great alternative to Time Machine, some don't.
    4. 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.
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    5. 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. File and image backups are made while the system is running without interrupting current processes.
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    6. Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux, inspired by "FlyBack project".
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      Some users think Back In Time is a great alternative to Time Machine, some don't.
    7. 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.
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    8. Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows and Veeam Agent for Linux work with Veeam Availability Suite to deliver Availability for ALL workloads — virtual, physical and cloud — from a single management console, extending Veeam’s leadership position from being the best for VMware vSphere...
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    9. Duplicity is a software suite that provides encrypted, digitally signed, versioned, remote backup of files requiring little of the remote server.
    10. 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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