BAR – Backup archiver program

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BAR is backup archiver program to create compressed and encrypted archives of files that can be stored on a hard disk, CD, DVD, or directly on a server via FTP, SCP, or SFTP. A server mode and a scheduler are integrated for making automated backups in the background. A graphical front end that can connect to the (remote) server is included.


• can store and restore files and images

• can split archive files into pieces; each piece can be read independent

• compress of data with zlib, bzip2 or lzma algorithms

• encryption with gcrypt algrithms (AES, TWOFISH etc.)

• asymmetric encryption with RSA

• fast file format: can find and extract single files without decompressing/decryption of the whole archive

• direct copy of archives to remote computer via FTP or SSH (SCP or SFTP)

• can store archives on CD/DVD (with external tools)

• support pre- and post-processing of CD/DVD images (e. g. for including functions of dvdisaster)

• daemon-mode with control over plain and TLS network connection

• integrated scheduler to start backups daily or weekly

• nice graphical front end (written in Java with SWT)

Install BAR in Ubuntu Karmic and Jaunty

Download .deb package from here

Install .deb package by double clicking or using the following command from terminal

sudo dpkg -i bar-gui-0.13-ubuntu.deb


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9 Responses

  1. brandon says:

    I hope this works better than the other GUI based back up solutions I’ve tried 🙂

  2. Tommy Butler says:

    Your instructions don’t work for X86_64 architectures. For 64 bit machines running ubuntu Karmic, use the following steps to install BAR (tested and verified, uses sudo in some places where other folks might disagree with its use, but I am not them and I compile the way I want):

    tar xjf bar-0.13.tar.bz2
    cd bar-0.13/
    sudo apt-get -y install libcommons-daemon-java jsvc libcommons-launcher-java javacc mmake txt2man unoconv jarwrapper libxcrypt1 libcrypto++-dev libcrypt-passwdmd5-perl libcrypt-openssl-x509-perl libcrypt-openssl-dsa-perl libcrypt-gpg-perl devscripts libgcrypt11 libgcrypt11-dev libsasl2-2 libsasl2-modules libcrypto++-dev libxcrypt-dev gnutls-bin gnutls-bin gnutls-bin
    sudo ./configure
    sudo make
    sudo make check
    sudo make install

  3. Tommy Butler says:

    by the way — `make check` takes a very long time 😛

  4. Marcel says:

    Ca install it, did ry on 4 the same error. Terminal sudo -s …

    Vorbereiten zum Ersetzen von bar 0.13 (durch bar-0.13-ubuntu.deb) …
    Entpacke Ersatz für bar …
    Richte bar ein (0.13) …
    Create ‘/etc/ssl/private/bar-key.pem’…OK
    Create ‘/etc/ssl/certs/bar-ca.pem’…FAIL
    ERROR: Cannot create BAR authority certficate ‘/etc/ssl/certs/bar-ca.pem’ (exitcode: 1)
    error on line -1 of ssl/openssl/ca.tmpl
    3220:error:02001002:system library:fopen:No such file or directory:bss_file.c:122:fopen(‘ssl/openssl/ca.tmpl’,’rb’)
    3220:error:2006D080:BIO routines:BIO_new_file:no such file:bss_file.c:125:
    3220:error:0E078072:configuration file routines:DEF_LOAD:no such file:conf_def.c:197:
    dpkg: Fehler beim Bearbeiten von bar (–install):
    Unterprozess installiertes post-installation-Skript gab den Fehlerwert 11 zurück
    Verarbeite Trigger für ureadahead …
    ureadahead will be reprofiled on next reboot
    Fehler traten auf beim Bearbeiten von:

    process stoped..tried with ubuntu 9.10 32 bit

  5. Chris says:


    how it’s possible have GUI in 64bits mode?



  6. bernie says:

    How do u launch bar after installing?

  7. Max says:

    you don’t need to launch it..just reboot and look at the result

  8. deon says:


    ddeon@ddeon-laptop:~$ barcontrol localhost
    /usr/local/bin/barcontrol: 3: /usr/local/bin/java: not found

  9. Torsten Rupp says:

    Hi, I just found this page. If you see any problem with BAR I’m looking forward to some feedback for improving it. Currently 0.14 is available and 0.15 is in development state. I’m interested in the problems you may have seen. Note: unfortunatelly I have no 64bit system available for testing, thus problems relatate to 64bit may be difficult to analyse for me. Nevertheless I will to my best.

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