How-To: Backup Your System Via a GUI (Graphical User Interface)

This post is part of the series:

The Complete Linux Backup Guide 2013

This is of “The Complete Linux Backup Guide” for 2013 showcases a few of the popular choices for system backup software under Linux.  This is not a definitive list, and will be ever changing, and welcome to feedback/comments.  With that out of the way lets get one thing straight.  I have a slight prejudice towards GUI Backup Tools.  Most of it lies in the fact that the most important work being done is hidden from you unless you dive into the Terminal or start the program from the Terminal.  Even then, you miss out on most of its output.   I do like them, but I just don’t  trust them fully.  I know, I know, that is quite unwarranted, but I just prefer it that way.

Let’s look at the popular software pieces out there to date:

Grsync – A Graphical Extension of rsync

Grsync - Rsync GUI

Not too privy on using rsync in the Terminal?  Have no fear peoples of Planet Earth!  This nice graphical extension rsync, dubbed grsync is every bit as awesome as the original CLI too.  I kind of equate it to the GUI wrapper for Robocopy on Windows.  Very nice and polished, and just as capable for most tasks.


Dejadup is a another well known, and very easy to use GUI Backup software.  It i s most definitely overly simplistic and not meant for advanced users, but I won’t tell if you use it 🙂  The software is pretty streamlined and offers the basic backup options you’d expect.   DejaDup also offers remote backup options to services such as Amazon S3, RackSpace Cloud Files, and Ubuntu One.  This is a logical choice for users who want a simple backup with “Cloud” support (God, I hate that marketing term…)


Acronis, one of the biggest names in backup software for other systems, also has a client for Linux.  Surprised?  You should be, as most major Windows software solutions don’t make it this far.  Thankfully the product works very well, and is just as robust as its other variant’s.  It is a very powerful backup solution and not as easy as 1-2-3, but not overly difficult to learn.  This is more something I would suggest to novice and up users.


For those of you migrating from Mac OS X, or even looking for a similar alternative.  Look no further than Flyback.  While not as “pretty” as its OS X variant, it non-the-less performs almost all the same functions.  It is fairly easy to use, and setup is painless.  See what the joy of Open Source Software does for us?  If only others would understand…

That’s if for this list.  Check back for updates periodically.



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