Vorta BorgBackup GUI can now be installed on Linux from Flathub

Vota, GUI Borg Backup (Or Borg for short) is now easier to install on Linux. A few days ago, a backup tool was added to Flathub, a service used to host and distribute applications as Flatpak packages.

Vorta archive view, with backup snapshots already installed, so you can browse using system file manager

Vorta is a free and open source GUI for BorgBackup. BorgBackup itself is a backup tool, but for the command line, it has encryption, deduplication, compression, and verification capabilities. It can be used to backup to a local drive or a host available via SSH.

The application runs on macOS and Linux, and in addition to using the powerful BorgBackup for actual backup and restore systems, Vorta has:

  • Backup configuration file for easy switching between different sources and destinations
  • Backup plan with log viewer
  • Run shell commands before or after backup
  • Backup archive view from which you can extract, install, check, delete or trim backups
  • Configurable pruning (deleting old backups)
  • Built-in SSH key generation
  • File name / path exclusion pattern

In this post about Linux Uprising, I wrote more articles about Vorta and BorgBackup. It also includes a Vorta getting started guide.
Vorta starts to hide and runs in the system tray. If you use Gnome Shell, you may need to install AppIndicator support Extensions to access the Vorta system tray menu (not needed on Ubuntu as this extension is installed by default). If the Vorta tray icon doesn’t match your panel color, change it from Vorta settings (on the Miscellaneous tab) to a light or dark icon.
You can also launch the Vorta GUI (when installing from Flatpak) and open its main window using:

flatpak run com.borgbase.Vorta -f

Install Vorta on Linux from Flathub (BorgBackup GUI)

To install Vorta from Flathub, you need to install Flatpak and add the Flathub repository. You can Flathub quick settings page.
You only need to set up Flatpak and Flathub once. After that, you can use the large application database it provides for installation with very little effort.
After setting Flatpak and Flathub, go to Vorta Flathub page Then click the install button. If you are a Gnome user, you can also search on Gnome Software / Ubuntu Software and install from there. This is also available on Linux Mint 19. * and its software manager.
You can also install Vorta from Flathub on Linux using the following command:

flatpak install flathub com.borgbase.Vorta

It’s worth noting that you will need to install BorgBackup on the system where you want to store the backup.
Other backup-related articles about the Linux uprising:

  • How to use Deja Dup to backup to Amazon S3
  • How to back up Google Photos to your computer with gphotos-sync