Back In Time

Copyright (C) 2008-2021 Oprea Dan, Bart de Koning, Richard Bailey, Germar Reitze, Taylor Raack

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Back In Time is a simple backup tool for Linux, inspired by "flyback project".

It provides a command line client 'backintime' and a Qt5 GUI 'backintime-qt' both written in Python3.

You only need to specify 3 things:

  • where to save snapshots
  • what folders to backup
  • backup frequency (manual, every hour, every day, every month)


The documentation is currently under development in


Please ask questions and report bug on


Please find the latest versions on


Back In Time is included in many distributions and can be installed from their repositories.

Ubuntu PPA

We provide a PPA (Private Package Archive) with current stable version (ppa:bit-team/stable) and a testing PPA (ppa:bit-team/testing)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-qt4


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bit-team/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install backintime-qt
Debian/Ubuntu make packages
sudo dpkg -i ../backintime-common-<version>.deb
sudo dpkg -i ../backintime-qt-<version>.deb

Back In Time is available through AUR. You need to import a public key once before installing

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 615F366D944B4826
# Fingerprint: 3E70 692E E3DB 8BDD A599  1C90 615F 366D 944B 4826
tar xvzf backintime.tar.gz
cd backintime
makepkg -srci

From sources

  • dependencies

    • python3 (>= 3.3)
    • rsync
    • cron-daemon
    • openssh-client
    • python3-keyring
    • python3-dbus
  • recomended

    • sshfs
    • encfs
  • Command

      cd common
      make test
      sudo make install
  • dependencies

    • x11-utils
    • python3-pyqt5
    • libnotify-bin
    • policykit-1
    • python3-dbus.mainloop.pyqt5
    • backintime-common
  • recomended

    • python3-secretstorage or
    • python3-keyring-kwallet or
    • python3-gnomekeyring
    • kompare or
    • meld
  • Command

      cd qt
      sudo make install

configure options

first value is default:
--no-fuse-group | --fuse-group (only COMMON)
    Some distributions require user to be in group 'fuse' to use
    sshfs and encfs. This toggles the check on or off.

--python3 | --python (all)
    Use either 'python3' or 'python' to start Python Version 3.x


Back In Time has a RSS feed


There is a dev-docu on It's not complete yet but I'm working on it. If you'd like to contribute please add docstrings following the Google style guide and add unit-tests for new methods in common. To run unit-test locally you can run cd common && ./configure && make test

December 2016


Back In Time - A simple backup tool for Linux

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