Back In Time

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Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux inspired from “flyback project” and “TimeVault”. The backup is done by taking snapshots of a specified set of directories.

Back In Time currently provides two GUI: Gnome and KDE 4 (>= 4.1). For upcoming releases, however, the team decided to switch to Qt.


Stable releases of Back In Time can be installed as backintimeAUR from the AUR. Alternatively, pre-compiled binary packages can be installed from codercun's repo. An unstable branch exists with backintime-bzrAUR.

Back In Time will automatically install a startup entry in /etc/xdg/autostart. If you want to launch the GUI, then run backintime-gnome. If you want to backup files other than your home user files, then consider starting Back In Time with gksu backtintime-gnome instead.


The configuration can be done entirely via the GUI. All you have to do is configure:

  • Where to save snapshot
  • What directories to backup
  • When backup should be done (manual, every hour, every day, every week, every month)


Can't find snapshots folder

If you see the error message in the status bar that BIT cannot find the snapshots folder although the snapshots are visible in the sidebar and the backup process is working correctly, then you are likely to have leftovers from a previous failed backup cron job. The status bar displays the content of the file ~/.local/share/backintime/worker.message. Thus deleting or renaming this file will remove the error message.

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