How To Backup Your Files With Pybackpack Tool

There are many backup tools for linux out there, but a python guy like me could not resist the Pybackpack gui tool which stands for "Python backpack". Pybackpack is a graphical front end to rdiff-backup for the Gnome desktop environment. It is written in Python programming language with the intention of making backup very easy for normal users.

Fast and easy to use!

How to install the Pybackpack tool in Ubuntu? Ok, open a new terminal and run the following commands.

sudo apt-get install pybackpack

Running pybackpack tool

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Once the tool is open you can easily backup your home directory with only one click. As you can see from Figure 2, the Pybackpack app offers three options to the user:

  1. Home
  2. Backup
  3. Restore

pybackpack tool

Figure 2

If you click the Go button the Python backpack tool will backup all of your personal settings, documents and others files that are under the home directory. Do you like to create your backup set?

In order to edit the options of your backup you need to click on the Backup tab like shown in Figure 3.

Creating a new backup set

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Click on edit to take the steps needed to create a backup set.

Steps needed to create a backup set

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Give a name to your backup, a destination type , a default destination and a description.

Edit the backup set

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There are three destination types available:

  1. Local File System
  2. CD/DVD
  3. Remote Host (SSH)

You can choose to backup your stuff in your machine, in a CD/DVD or in another machine by using the secure shell protocol.

In this article, I will backup my data in my local machine, so I need to select the 'Local File System' as a destination type.

What about default destination? You can select a destination you like, i like Documents folder. This is the destination where our backup will be stored.

Backup Set

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To add a file/folder to the backup set, select it in the file choose and click "Include in set" button. After you have added all the files you want to backup click forward and follow the process with the screenshots shown below.

Including files in your backup

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Backup set finished

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Backup your files

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Backup Finished

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