The Best Backup Software for Linux in 2018

Hello everyone, welcome to BestBackup.site. I have been writing many articles about backup software on this blog. But, most of them are for Windows operating system. Only a few of them that works in a Linux environment. But don’t worry, on this post you will find some of Best Backup Software for Linux. Well, it looks like the big software developers do not interested to port their software to Linux. There are some, but not many. But, don’t worry if you are running Linux, there still many backup software you can use in Linux. Most of them are free but there is also some paid software. Another thing that personally I don’t like related to backup software for Linux is that most of them do not come with a user-friendly interface and requires so many

Choosing the best backup software could be tricky. Before you decide to install or buy any backup software, make sure you know what you need. Do you want to back up the entire PC including the operating system and installed software? Or you only want to back up your files and folders. The answer to those question could be useful to define a good backup software for you. I am sure you don’t want to pay software that you don’t even need it.

How to Choose The Best Backup for You

Before you purchase and install backup software, you have to understand what you need. In today needs, a good backup software should support or has the following features:

  • Multiple backup destinations
  • Cloud backup storage
  • Backup schedule
  • Full backup, incremental or differential backup should exist
  • Easy to use

I understand that the perfect backup software does not exist. Each of them has their own pros and cons.

The Best Backup Software for Linux

The following list is based on my own experiences. Some of them are commercial software but there are also some free/open source backup software. This list is purely based on my own experiences and therefore this could be a subjective point of view.

A. Duplicati

No doubt, Duplicati is one of the best backup software for Linux. It has all the features you need to protect your data. It comes with a web interface that is very easy to use. One of the great thing about Duplicati is that this software supports many cloud storage such as Google Drive, OneDrive, Amazon S3 and much more. The encryption feature also make Duplicati stand out from other backup solution for Linux. It also available for Windows, and Mac. One feature that does not exist in Duplicati is the capability to perform a full system backup. This software will only backup files and folders

Install Duplicati on Linux

  • Manjaro and Arch Linux Distribution
    Duplicati is available in AUR repository. Simply enable AUR on your Arch-based distribution and search for Duplicati. Or, you can use the following command:

    yaourt -S duplicati

B. CloudBerry Backup for Linux

CloudBerry is a well-known backup software for Windows. It offers many great features including cloud backup storage capability. Now, CloudBerry 2.5 is available for Linux. This is not freeware, but you can try the software before purchase it. You can download the installation file from this link. The CloudBerry Backup for Linux supports more than 10 different cloud storage including Amazon S3, Alibaba Cloud, Azure, Google Cloud and some more.

CloudBerry Backup for Linux features:

  • Nice user interface and easy to use
  • Easy to install
  • Supports almost any Linux distribution (Ubuntu, Debian, SuSe, RedHat and CentOS based Linux)
  • Store your data to more than 10 cloud storage

C. TimeShift

TimeShift is another great backup software for Linux. With this software, we can create a full system snapshot including the operating system and installed applications. It’s more like a system restore in Windows environment. TimeShift has a simple user interface and supports almost any Linux distribution as well.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Can backup both operating system and data

Cons:

  • Does not support remote cloud storage and network location

E. DejaDup

DejaDup is one of the best backup software Linux. It shipped along with GNOME desktop environment and becomes default backup application on some major Linux distribution including Ubuntu 18.04. DejaDup is capable to backup files and folders to local and some remote storage such as Google and WebDAV storage.

DejaDup features

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Support backup scheduling
  • Local and remote storage supports (Google, Nextcloud, Network shared folder and local devices)

F. Clonezilla

Actually, Clonezilla is not a standalone backup application that can be installed on an existing Linux system. Clonezilla is a Debian based Linux distribution that optimized and designed for backup. If you ever use Acronis True Image or Norton Ghost, you will also love Clonezilla. It has the similar features to those two Windows backup software.

Best Backup Software for Linux

Clonezilla comes with many great features such as:

  • Disk and partitions backup
  • Support local, network and even WebDAV storage
  • Relatively easy to use
  • Clone disk supports
  • Supports many file systems: ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs, f2fs and nilfs2 of GNU/Linux, (2) FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS of MS Windows, (3) HFS+ of Mac OS, (4) UFS of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, (5) minix of Minix, and (6) VMFS3 and VMFS5 of VMWare ESX.

Conclusion

There are still many other backup software for Linux. BackupPC, UrBackup, Amanda are some other great backup software. I do not put them on this list because I think to install those software need a good Linux understanding. Maybe I will create another post that covers that great backup software. Thank you for reading this The Best Backup Software for Linux. Cheers.