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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)


timeshift --check

timeshift --create [Options]

timeshift --restore [Options]

timeshift --delete-[all] [Options]

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



List snapshots.


List devices.


Create snapshot if scheduled.


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 snapshot.


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 GRUB2 reinstall.


Delete snapshot.


Delete all snapshots.

--snapshot-device <device>

Specify backup device. (default: config)


Answer YES to all confirmation prompts.


Switch to BTRFS mode. (default: config)


Swith to RSYNC. (default: config)


Show additional debug messages.


Show rsync output. (default)


Hide rsync output.


Run in non-interactive mode.


Show all options.


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


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


Oct 09, 2022