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asked 2014-09-05 00:35:43 -0500

deshmukh gravatar image

updated 2014-09-05 10:48:12 -0500

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Looking for a backup tool on KDE with the following features: 1. Password protected backups 2. Incremental backups 3. Crossplatform (can be used on Gnome, even on Windows) 4. Automatic backups --- scheduled backup starts when I plug-in the USB drive, network becomes available, etc. 5. Easy to identify folders that need not be backed up (e.g. backup .local but not Trash in .local, etc.) 6. Easy to restore the latest or earlier version of a file 7. Easy to restore even deleted files 8. Intelligent space management at destination (remove older backups as space gets full, etc.) 9. Able to handle even large files like thunderbird mail files, etc.

Any suggestions? It would be great if you have actually used a tool for at least a few months :)

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answered 2015-01-18 03:26:14 -0500

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Check backintime which I'm using for quite some time. Has both KDE/Gnome UI's and is available in fedora repositories.

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answered 2014-09-06 11:18:28 -0500

updated 2014-09-06 11:21:23 -0500

I use Attic-Backup. It is not KDE application but a commandline backup tool written in Python 3. It should be able to do most of what you are looking for. You can automate the whole operation using something like cron depending on your setup.


Space efficient storage Variable block size deduplication is used to reduce the number of bytes stored by detecting redundant data. Each file is split into a number of variable length chunks and only chunks that have never been seen before are compressed and added to the repository.

Optional data encryption All data can be protected using 256-bit AES encryption and data integrity and authenticity is verified using HMAC-SHA256.

Off-site backups Attic can store data on any remote host accessible over SSH as long as Attic is installed.

Backups mountable as filesystems Backup archives are mountable as userspace filesystems for easy backup verification and restores.


There aren't any packages available for Fedora but you can just unzip binaries and add the path to you .bashrc.

yum install python-msgpack openssl 
tar xvf Attic-0.13-linux-x86_64.tar.gz
cd Attic-0.13-linux-x86_64

Add following to your .bashrc to access attic from anywhere. Consdering location of attic is $HOME/.bin/Attic-0.13-linux-x86_64/.

# Attic Backup
export PATH


attic init /somewhere/my-repository.attic
attic create /somewhere/my-repository.attic::Monday ~/Documents
attic create --stats /somewhere/my-repository.attic::Tuesday ~/Documents


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