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Cronopete – An Alternative to Apple’s Time Machine Backup Tool for Linux

Time Machine backup software is top-rated in Apple’s Mac OS X. This backup software is used to make backups in external storage and let you restore in case of any damage of the system or files. Moreover, the Mac user also can restore the previous healthy order if the present system gets corrupted.

You, as a die heart Linux user, might be thinking that why I am discussing MacOS application in Linux blog. Because today I am going to share a Linux backup software which is a clone and alternative to MacOS Time Machine Backup Tool named “Cronopete.” It helps us to take periodic backup of the Linux system. It supports all the major Linux distros including Ubuntu, Arch Linux, Fedora, Debian, etc.

Install Cronopete – an alternative to Time Machine Backup

In this quick tutorial, I show you how to install and use Time machine like backup tool Cronopete in Ubuntu to take backup and restore data. First of all Download the latest version from the official site.

Download Cronopete

This file is in .deb package system. So after downloading the file, you can do two things; either you can double-click the software package which takes you to the software center with install option or install a better .deb package management tool from the software center.

Gdebi package installer on Ubuntu software center
Gdebi package installer on Ubuntu software center

Here, I suggest you install Gdebi package installer and using this software, you install the Cronopete deb package. Or else, you can run the following command into the Terminal to install:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/cronopete-*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

Now you can open the software by searching Cronopete in the app drawer.

Cronopete Backup Tool on Gnome App Drawer
Cronopete Backup Tool on Gnome App Drawer

Or run the below command:


After the first launch, you see a configuration screen. It’s effortless to set up the software for the first time.

Cronopete configuration

Here you can see few basic options are there for changing destination external storage, option to choose the folder which you need to backup and an on-off button. Moreover, there is some vital information for the scheduled backup time. Cronopete can take backup for past 24 hrs, daily backup for past the month and weekly backup until the storage gets full.

How to Remove

In case you don’t like this Linux backup tool, run the below command to remove it from the system:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cronopete

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  1. TimeMachine is actually great. Its how I found this article because I want the same functionality on my laptop. Grsync is the current tool but I’ll give it a try. And who’s the Simpsons Comic book guy who just comments “Snapshots are not backups” LMAO

  2. TimeMachine is rubbish, utter rubbish. The software says it backs up, but does not. Lots of problems with it with many clients. Better to use Carbon Copy Cloner on the Mac, or good old SSH commands on Linux and Mac. I backup Macs via Raspberry PI´s

  3. Just use http://zfsonlinux.org to I stall support for ZFS. Move your files to a secured ZFS striped or mirrored filesystem and use snapshots for backups. If you need an off line copy, use rsync to copy to another drive.


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