Backing Up Ubuntu Desktop / Server with Duplicati Backup Software

Duplicati is a free, open source backup software that can be used to create and store encrypted backups online or on local disk drives. Duplicati supports Windows, Mac OS and Linux. It also uses standard protocol like FTP, SSH, WebDAV as well as popular online storage solutions like Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive and many others.

Ubuntu comes with its own backup software called Deja Dup.. however, Duplicati supports more services than the default Ubuntu backup software. If you’re looking for a simple to use backup solution for your Ubuntu desktop or server, you may find Duplicati useful.

Oh, one more thing… Duplicati supports web-based user interface for easy management.

This brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to use Duplicati on Ubuntu systems to create encrypted backups.

For more about Duplicati, go to this page

Step 1: Install Duplicati

Visit Duplicati download page and get the latest version for your platform… or use the commands below to download via the terminal.

cd /tmp && wget https://updates.duplicati.com/beta/duplicati_2.0.2.1-1_all.deb

After downloading continue below to install

Step 2: Install Duplicati

Now that you’ve downloaded the software package, run the commands below to install it.

sudo dpkg -i duplicati_2.0.2.1-1_all.deb
sudo apt-get --fix-broken install

That should forcibly installed all missing required packages for Duplicati

After installing Duplicati, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable the service to automatically startup when the system boots.

sudo systemctl stop duplicati.service
sudo systemctl start duplicati.service
sudo systemctl enable duplicati.service

Step 3: Accessing Duplicati

Now that the package is installed, open your browser and browse to the system hostname or IP address followed by 8200

Ex. http://localhost:8200

This should bring up Duplicati web page portal. From here you can begin to backup your important files and documents automatically.

Duplicati Ubuntu Backup

To begin backing up, click Add backup link on the left menu

duplicati ubuntu

Then choose the encryption and the storage type and continue

Setup the schedule and continue

duplicati ubuntu

Follow the onscreen setup until you’ve successfully setup your backup plan.. after that, you should not worry about missing your important documents again.

Enjoy!

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