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timeshift - Man Page

A Linux application that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machine tool in Mac OS

Examples (TL;DR)

Syntax

timeshift --check

timeshift --create [Options]

timeshift --restore [Options]

timeshift --delete-[all] [Options]

timeshift --list-{snapshots|devices} [Options]

Options

--list[-snapshots]

List snapshots.

--list-devices

List devices.

--check

Create snapshot if scheduled.

--create

Create snapshot (even if not scheduled).

--comments <string>

Set snapshot description.

--tags {O,B,H,D,W,M}

Add tags to snapshot. (default: O)

--restore

Restore snapshot.

--clone

Clone current system.

--snapshot <name>

Specify snapshot to restore.

--target[-device] <device>

Specify target device.

--grub[-device] <device>

Specify device for installing GRUB2 bootloader.

--skip-grub

Skip GRUB2 reinstall.

--delete

Delete snapshot.

--delete-all

Delete all snapshots.

--snapshot-device <device>

Specify backup device. (default: config)

--yes

Answer YES to all confirmation prompts.

--btrfs

Switch to BTRFS mode. (default: config)

--rsync

Swith to RSYNC. (default: config)

--debug

Show additional debug messages.

--verbose

Show rsync output. (default)

--quiet

Hide rsync output.

--scripted

Run in non-interactive mode.

--help

Show all options.

Notes

1) --create will always create a new snapshot.

2) --check will create a snapshot only if a scheduled snapshot is due

3) Use --restore without other options to select options interactively

4) UUID can be specified instead of device name

5) Default values will be loaded from app config if options are not specified

Examples

timeshift --list

timeshift --list --snapshot-device /dev/sda1

timeshift --create --comments after update --tags D

timeshift --restore

timeshift --restore --snapshot '2014-10-12_16-29-08' --target /dev/sda1

timeshift --delete --snapshot '2014-10-12_16-29-08'

timeshift --delete-all

Info

Oct 09, 2022