ElkarBackup: GUI Based backup Tools based on Rsync and Rsnapshot

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ElkarBackup: GUI Based backup Tools based on Rsync and Rsnapshot

For those who don’t know what is rsync and its capabilities. Please refer to the following article for a detailed explanation.

What is ElkarBackup?

ElkarBackup is a free open-source software (under the terms of GPL V3) and it’s based on other open-source technologies:

ElkarBackup has the following features:

  • Centralized backups.
  • Backup of GNU/Linux and Windows computers.
  • Minimal disk usage because of the use of hardlinks, but having the option to recover the whole backup with a mouse click.
  • Easy-to-use and multilingual web interface.
  • Instant recovery

Installation ElkarBackup

Please follow the instruction below for installing:

Installation on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
  1. Install these recommended packages:

sudo apt install debconf php php-cli rsnapshot apache2 mysql-server php-mysql acl bzip2 php-xml libapache2-mod-php libssh2-1 gpg
  1. Add package repository key:
wget -O - http://elkarbackup.org/apt/archive.gpg.key | sudo apt-key add -
  1. Add elkarbackup repositories:
sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://elkarbackup.org/apt/ubuntu focal main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/elkarbackup.list'

Update the index files:

sudo apt update
  1. Install Elkarbackup:
sudo apt install elkarbackup

Getting Started

Add the Client
  • Download the elkarbackup machine pub key (Setting > Manage Parameter > Download Public key) and place it on the client host

In our example:

  • Name: VM_LAB
  • URL: root@
  • SSH args: -p9922

Add the job

In this scenario, we want to backup folder on /home/project/backuptestdirelkar on machine

  • Add job button (+)
  • We will receive a self-documented form where it is explained which data we have to fill. In our example, we will change only these fields:
    • Name: Backup Directory
    • Path: /home/project/backuptestdirelkar
    • Description: Backup test dir location
    • Policy: Default Policy
  • Click save on the setting

Run the backup job
  • Initiate the backup job by clicking the Enqueue now button on the previous job we create
Monitor the backup status

Debug results of the job can be inspected in the Logs tab from the admin panel.

By default, the backup location is saved on the following path /var/spool/elkarbackup/backups

You can inspect the folder content to check if the backups are there.


To sum up Elkarbackup is a free open-source software under the terms of GPLV3 and is based on other open-source technologies such as RSnapshot, Rsync, PHP, and Symfoni. It main function is to provide easy to configure and powerful open-source backup solution. Further more, the installation is simple, you just need to follow the easy steps above. Hope you find this article helpful

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