Back In Time

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From the documentation:

Back In Time is a simple backup solution for Linux desktops. It is based on rsync and uses hard-links to reduce space used for unchanged files. It comes with a Qt5 GUI which will run on both Gnome and KDE based Desktops. Back In Time is written in Python3 and is licensed under GPL2.


Install backintimeAUR, backintime-cliAUR for a CLI-only version, or backintime-gitAUR for the development version.

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


The configuration can be done entirely via the GUI. It is necessary to modify the following settings:

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


Cannot 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.

Icons not appearing

The QT5 GUI is mainly aimed at KDE, so it can happen that tray icon is blank and icons on the ui are also missing. An easy fix for this is to install oxygen-icons.

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