How to Backup your Desktop using Pika Backup
Pika Backup is a GTK program designed to make simple backups based on borg. Frequent rumors that this software’s name is related to a monster with electrical abilities are unfounded.
- Set up new backup repositories or uses existing ones
- Create backups locally and remote
- Save time and disk space because Pika Backup does not need to copy known data again
- Encrypt your backups
- List created archives and browse through their contents
- Recover files or folders via your file browser
- Supports automatic scheduled backups and clean up of old archives [version 0.4.0-beta-1 or newer]
- Source can be found here
Pika Backup can be installed from;
- Flathub > $ flatpak install flathub org.gnome.World.PikaBackup
- On Arch though the AUR repo
- Built from Source using Gnome-Builder
- Create a SSH key - add it to your .ssh/config - see here for futher information
- Create a repository on borgbase
$ borg init -e repokey-blake2 XXXXX@XXXXX.repo.borgbase.com:repo
- The URL in Pika is different to the borg command line & vorta - instead it will look as below. > ssh://XXXXX@XXXXX.repo.borgbase.com/./repo
- (Recommended) Add a password.
- Additional flags can be utilised via the advanced options box.
- Choose whick files & folder to backup & which to exclude.
Setup repository [0.4.0-beta-1 or newer]
- Create a SSH key - add it to your .ssh/config
- Create a repository on BorgBase
- Version 0.4.0 supports user@host:path syntax
Auto-Backups [requires 0.4.0-beta-1 or newer]
- Click scheduled backups
- Toggle ‘Regularly Create Backups’
- Choose a frequency (Daily, Weekly, Monthly etc)
- There is an option to ‘Regualrly Delete Old Archives’ which may be useful if you have storage constraints