Install Timeshift on Debian 11 Bullseye

Timeshift is a powerful open-source tool that can help you protect your data. It allows you to create incremental snapshots of your filesystem, which can be browsed with a file manager. In BTRFS mode, snapshots are taken using the in-built features of the BTRFS filesystem if you’re looking for a reliable way to back up your data.

Timeshift is worth considering for all users as it is handy when you need to restore, which often happens with Linux systems when you start off learning, amongst many other examples.

In the following tutorial, you will learn how to install TimeShift on Debian 11 Bullseye.

Update Debian System

First, before you begin, make sure your system is up-to-date by using the following terminal command.

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Install TimeShift

By default, the TimeShift application is available on Debian 11’s default repository.

Begin the installation using the following terminal command.

sudo apt install timeshift

Example output:

Install Timeshift on Debian 11 Bullseye

Type Y, then press the ENTER KEY to complete the installation.

Launch TimeShift

Once installation, the backup software can be found in the following path Activities > Show Applications > TimeShift.

Example:

Install Timeshift on Debian 11 Bullseye

Once open, you can begin creating snapshots or go into settings and configure scheduled snapshots depending on your use case.

Create Snapshots with Timeshift

Timeshift works in two modes: Rsync mode and BTRFS mode.

In the rsync mode, snapshots are taken using rsync and hard links, and common files are shared between the snapshots to save disk space, while with BTRFS mode, snapshots are taken using the BTRFS file system. BTRFS is supported only on systems having an Ubuntu-type subvolume layout.

Example:

Install Timeshift on Debian 11 Bullseye

Snapshots can be scheduled, and this is highly recommended for nearly all users for good practice and recovery options if any installations cause bugs or an unstable system.

Example Schedule:

Install Timeshift on Debian 11 Bullseye

TimeShift has many more options, such as location, filters, and much more that you can fine-tune backups for users that require some more advanced options.

Remove (Uninstall) TimeShift

For users that no longer need or require the backup software, this can be easily removed using the following command.

sudo apt autoremove timeshift --purge

The command will remove all data and dependencies, resulting in complete removal.

Comments and Conclusion

In the tutorial, you have learned how to install and create a snapshot with TimeShift on Debian 11 Bullseye.

TimeShift is an excellent addition to helping Linux users back up from bad software installations; typically, if your hard drive has space keeping a few snapshots can be pretty handy when diagnosing when some.



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