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Python backup utility

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Python Backup Utility


backutil is a wrapper for the python tarfile library. As tarfile is a standard Python library, using backutil will provide a cross-platform and simple backup utility.


Install using pip:

sudo pip3 install backutil


❯ backutil --help
usage: backutil [-h] --path PATH [PATH ...] --dest DEST [--webdav URL]
                [--remote REMOTE PATH] [--encrypt RECIPIENT] [-z] [--rm] [-v]

Python backup utility

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --path PATH [PATH ...]
                        path(s) to backup
  --dest DEST           destination of backup
  --webdav URL          WebDav URL to upload to
  --remote REMOTE PATH  Remote WebDav path to upload to
  --encrypt RECIPIENT   Use gpg to encrypt file
  -z, --zip             use gzip to compress the backup file
  --rm                  remove local backup file
  -v, --verbose         enable verbose output
  -q, --quiet           suppress output

Example commands:

Backup two files to a .tar archive: ❯ backutil --path tmp.txt tmp2.txt --dest ~/Documents/file.tar

Backup and compress to .tar.gz archive: ❯ backutil --path tmp.txt tmp2.txt --dest ~/Documents/file.tar.gz -z

Backup to a .tar archive verbosely: ❯ backutil --path tmp.txt tmp2.txt --dest ~/Documents/file.tar -v

Backup and compress to a .tar.gz archive, supressing output: ❯ backutil --path tmp.txt tmp2.txt --dest ~/Documents/file.tar.gz -z -q

Backup file, zip it and upload to Nextcloud Webdav as file.tar.gz in the Nextcloud user's root directory: ❯ backutil --path tmp.txt tmp2.txt --dest ~/file.tar.gz --webdav ' --remote file.tar.gz -z


Backutil supports a configuration file storing details, which enables non-interactive usage of backups (in case you'd like to run backutil as a cron job or something similar).

Place the file in your home directory as .backutil.conf. Currently this is the configuration you can use:

Username = username
Password = mysupersecretpassword
#Command = command_to_print_password

I would recommend not storing your password in plaintext and use gpg, pass or some other secure way to print your password from the command line without storing it unencrypted. That is why the 'Command' directive is supported in the configuration.

Additional Information:

Currently WebDav functionality has only been tested on an instance of Nextcloud.

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