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 Back In Time (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 12, 2021

    1. Cronopete is a backup utility for Linux, modeled after Apple's Time Machine. It aims to simplify the creation of periodic backups.
    2. Retrospect is a multi-platform backup solution supporting hybrid backup to disk, tape, NAS & Cloud, aimed at SMEs and MSPs. Main Editions include unlimited client/endpoint licenses. Site License Edition includes unlimited server licenses.
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    3. 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.
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    4. Fast and reliable disk-based backup that captures full, differential and incremental point-in-time backup images of your entire system. This includes the operating system, applications, configuration settings and data.
      This alternative is disputed. ShadowProtect is still a legitimate alternative to Time Machine, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    5. FSArchiver is a system tool that allows you to save the contents of a file system to a compressed archive file. The file system can be restored on a partition which has a different size and it can be restored on a different file system.
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    6. 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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    7. BackupVault is a UK based provider of secure, automated and offsite backup solutions aimed at the small/medium sized business.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Linux
      fwbackups is a feature-rich user backup program that allows you to backup your documents anytime, anywhere. It is completely free to download and use without any sort of trial or restrictions.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.43.4, released in December 2010, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Ferro Backup System™ (FBS) is a professional, network backup system intended for small offices and large corporations and institutions alike.
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    8. With Time Drive it’s easy to keep all of your files files, photos, music and documents backed up. Just set it up, and then let Time Drive do the rest of the work.

      Discontinued

      The Time Drive website (oak-tree.com) returns "access denied" from the top level down.

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