Luckybackup – A powerful, fast and reliable backup & sync tool

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LuckyBackup is an application that backs-up and/or synchronizes any directories with the power of rsync. Its main features are: backup, safety, synchronization, exclude/only include options, allows custom rsync options, remote connections, restore and dry-run operations, scheduling, profiles and command line mode.
It is simple to use, fast (transfers over only changes made and not all data), safe (keeps your data safe by checking all declared directories before proceeding in any data manipulation ), reliable and fully customizable.

For Karmic Users

Install luckybackup in Ubuntu Karmic

sudo apt-get install luckybackup

Or click on the following link from firefox


For Jaunty Users

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these lines

deb jaunty main
deb-src jaunty main

For Intrepid Users

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these lines

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

For Hardy Users

Edit /etc/apt/sources.list file

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Add these lines

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

Save and exit the file

Install GPG key

gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 62E44DBB

gpg --export 62E44DBB -a | sudo apt-key add --

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install luckybackup using the following command

sudo apt-get install luckybackup

Using LuckyBackup

You can open luckybackup from Applications--->Accessories--->luckyBackup


Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen It consists of :

A menu.

A toolbar that refers to current profile handling.

The Task List which lists all the available tasks of the current profile.

3 buttons that refer to specific task handling (add – remove – modify).

A start button and a simulation check-box. You can start the execution of all the tasks included in a profile by using these.

An information window.

An exit button. Pressing this, will quit luckyBackup.

Here you need to click on Add Task


Once it opens new task windows enter all the details click okay if you want to see more advance option click on Advanced


Advanced options available in New task menu






Once you create you should see similar to the following screen


If you want to run this backup task select this task and click on start


Backup task completion window


You can schedule this backup for this Go to Profile--->Schedule


Now you need to click on Add


Enter all the required options of your choice


If you want to a task for restore purpose for the above task you need to open the task and click on modify,Now you should see similar to the following screen  here you need to check the "Also create a task for restore purpose" option and click on ok


Now you should see similar to the following screen here enter all the details click on okay


You can see both the tasks as follows from here you can run manually or schedule to run automatically


Check for more details from official documentation

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14 Responses

  1. madhu says:

    Is it as good as Back In Time?

  2. Abhishek S. says:

    Hmm…Looks suspiciously similar to Grsync that I use for backing up custom directories.

  3. Yos says:

    I’ve tried backintime but I was unable to do a restore from the backups that I made with it. So I have been looking for a good alternative. This program looks like what I have been searching for. Thank you.


  4. Yos says:

    Ah, you covered backup but more importantly, how to do a restore from the backup ?


  5. Richard says:

    Thanks for the review of the program, but I would not personally recommend it after trying it.

    It gave me a lot of grief when it locked my machine solid and had to do a hard reset to escape. This resulted in the partition not being mounted correctly and the thought that I had lost over 500Gb of data. Fortunately I got the data back but it was a stressful few minutes. The possible data loss was probably more to do with the reset.

    But back to Back in Time, albeit its not perfect but it does backup the data without locking up.

    This is an area that does need addressing on Linux, a top quality gui backup app would be a wonderful addition.

  6. Hi,

    I’m using Synkron (, and I am so happy with it. I’m using from Linux and from Mac.


  7. RZ says:

    loads of screenshots and I still have no idea why I should pick this backup solution instead of the 5000 other ones.

    Unfortunately it is easier and usually safer to build a homebrew solution than evaluating dozens of the available solutions which all have very similar features.

  8. admin says:

    Each user likes different application so it is worth to provide all the available applications

  9. RZ says:

    thats true. Well was there anything that did particularly catch your attention with this one, is it better than any other you have tried.

    Reviewing backup solutions is a very difficult task.. any piece of wisdom aside of the standard buzzwords might be useful for someone.

  10. JohnP says:

    I’m always happy to see another backup option. Anything that gets more people backing up their data is good. Showing that RESTORE is important – actually, 90% of backup effort should be spent on testing restores – that IS the whole purpose. Backing up is good, but worthless without a restore.

    Personally, I use rdiff-backup since differential backups is critical to my requirements.

  11. Vivek Kapoor says:

    @RZ – can you let me know the other 5000 backup applications? I can think about grsync and Back In Time, apart from one GUI tool offered by stock Ubuntu.
    Have spent countless hours trying to figure out a good backup solution with a GUI which I can give to my users.

  12. RZ says:

    @Vivek: the good GUI is one of the criteria that does radically cut the selection it seems. I have never explored it under this criteria, I am aware of Bacula, pybackpack, sbackup in addition to what has been mentioned previously here.

    Personally I would be very reluctant to recommend anything that uses rsync in any way. Rsync is extremely complex, the more advanced pattern matching does rarely work as documented and I have doubts any GUI tool can successfully circumvent *all* of the traps that rsync has built in for naive users.

  13. syconawt says:

    When I sync with a remote host, I get the ‘connection refused (111)’ message, and this also happens if I run the command from a terminal. But if I manually remove the double colon (write : instead of ::) then it works.. however I don’t know how to make Luckybackup only use one colon?

  14. That’s neat. I understand this is a front-end to rsync. So it’s great for people who do not want to fiddle with all possible rsync options.

    But *if* you know rsync a little, I think it’s better to configure your own and personalized rsync crontab entry.

    For example, rsync offers the –exclude=[PATTERN] and –exclude-from=FILE options, which are far more configurable than the here shown “exclude tab” on/off checkbox entries…

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