5 Great Cloud Backup Tools & Services That Fully Support Linux

Danny Stieben 11-02-2013

cloud backupIf you ask any power user for one good piece of advice that applies to any operating system, it would be to back up your files regularly. As much as technology can be helpful, it can also cause problems or even fail at the worst possible times. Therefore, it is important that you are able to identify different backup methods for your system.


With Linux, you have a good amount of reliable options at your disposal, but it may not be quite as obvious as with other platforms. Here are the top 5 cloud backup services or programs that I can recommend to fulfill your backup needs.


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While it’s most commonly used to synchronize important files between documents, Dropbox can also double as a backup solution. There are a number of different advantages to using Dropbox, such as virtually no necessary setup and reliable up-time.  On the other side, you only get 2GB for free without performing any of the tasks needed to gain some extra free space, which may be a bit small for some people.

Of course, the option to buy more is always there, but you want to try to save every penny, right?


A competitor of Dropbox, Skydrive is actually another similar alternative. Dare I mention a Microsoft product for Linux users? Yes, because it works in a similar fashion as Dropbox, but brings you plenty of space. Long-time users of Skydrive may have even been able to keep their larger capacities before Microsoft downsized them a bit, and I’m sure those people want to take advantage of all the space that they have.


For Skydrive, the only downside is that there isn’t an application which supports the service. Instead, in order to do a cloud backup to Skydrive, you’ll need to be running Gnome 3.6 because functionality is built into the desktop environment via the Online Accounts feature, and that’s something that not everyone uses.


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Bitcasa is yet another service that is similar to the above two options, but there’s a slight twist — you have unlimited space. Therefore, if you have a lot of files that you have to back up and save, then Bitcasa is the way to go because you won’t have to run into the space limitations of Dropbox, Skydrive, and the like.

The only downsides to Bitcasa are that the unlimited space costs $10/month – you do get 10GB for free though. As a whole, the service is quite popular (although not as popular as Dropbox), and the number of Linux users is rather small as they’re currently offering an alpha client for Ubuntu.


Generally, privacy isn’t a major issue although one complaint arose that theoretically could affect any cloud service. I haven’t heard of any reliability issues either – I haven’t experienced any with my own use.

Déjà Dup

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If you need a solution to which you can control where your backed up files end up, you should consider using Déjà Dup Déjà Dup - The Perfect Linux Backup Software Read More . It is a common back up solution found on most distributions which use the Gnome desktop environment, including Unity Ubuntu 11.04 Unity - A Big Leap Forward For Linux It's here. The newest version of Ubuntu sports an entirely new user interface: Unity. It also includes a much-improved Software Center, alongside the usual updates for the thousands of free programs Ubuntu offers. Canonical decided... Read More . Déjà Dup is more of a traditional backup solution because you can choose a number of different locations, such as a second hard drive, a remote server via numerous protocols, or your Ubuntu One Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage Just a little over a week ago, a lot of news was made in the world of personal cloud storage, where Dropbox added more sharing features, SkyDrive introduced their new synchronization application for desktops, and... Read More drive if you’re using it on Ubuntu.

It also maintains a nice schedule of automatic backups that can also be encrypted, so you won’t have to worry about anyone getting access to your files without your permission. You could even combine Déjà Dup with Dropbox by sending all of your back-up containers to your Dropbox, which are then synchronized with the servers.


If you encrypt your containers, you shouldn’t have to worry about any privacy concerns that may arise, as they have in the past.


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Another alternative to a solution which gives you more control is Crashplan How To Back Up PCs To Each Other Via The Internet Using Crash Plan Personal Backing up the data on your computer is vital. Yet not everyone does something about it. Why? Because backing up a computer remains a bit of a pain. If you own more than one computer,... Read More . Although not quite as flexible (in my opinion) as Déjà Dup, it does accomplish the same job. You can either safely back up your files to their dedicated servers for a fee, or use a different computer in your Crashplan “network” to host your backed up files.

This is great if you have a home server, because Crashplan can be installed on all computers including the server, and then configuring the clients to use the server as the storage space for all the backups is really easy. It also doesn’t matter if your server is within your home network or on the other side of the world, it will automatically find the server and do the rest. Speeds, of course, will vary depending on the type of connection.



With these 5 possible Linux software The Best Linux Software and Apps Whether you're new to Linux or you're a seasoned user, here are the best Linux software and apps you should be using today. Read More solutions, I’m sure you’ll find a way to safely, securely, and reliable back up all your important files so you always have them when you need them. As traditional backup solutions, I find the last two to be excellent, but some people may prefer to keep it as simple as possible with the top three. Whichever way you prefer it, you have choices that all work excellently.

How often do you back up your files? What do you use to do so? Any cloud backup tips you can share? Let us know in the comments!

Related topics: Cloud Storage, Data Backup, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive.

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  1. Skunk Lake New Years!
    February 23, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Google Drive has Insyq- it works great.

  2. Graham
    December 11, 2014 at 5:03 am

    CrashPlan uses Sun/Oracle Java - They discontinued Linux support 3 years ago due to security issues.

    Linux distributions have stripped it from their packages and forced IcedTea as the replacement.

    CrashPlans desktop app does not work with IcedTea .

    The app had to be installed via the command line!!

    Questioned about it, CrashPlan said it will be at least 2 years before it is remedied as they are busy with Windows and Mac.

    It takes 2 years to fix faulty software?

    PS: Their customer service reps are stupid. "Get a refund by going to your home page via the desktop app" - Err - Just told you it does not work on linux!

    Emails to a VP - Ignored.

    A company in decline on a last profit grab before being overtaken.

  3. sg-1
    April 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Personal Basic Plan: (2GB per individual file, FREE 50GB total space)

  4. Joti
    April 4, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    ElephantDrive also provides cloud backup solution and offeres a 2GB free account. We have recently released a client for Ubuntu/Debian ( We also have clients for Windows and MAC). You can get the client here:

    We want to help Linux users with their backups on other distributions as well.

    Which distribution would you like us to work on next?
    Redhat, Fedora, Mint, etc.

    NOTE: I work as a Business Development Associate at Elephant Drive. If you have any questions or need any assistant, you can reach me at or (800) 778 - 4055 ext 129.

    p.s. Danny, seeing your passion for Linux, I think you will be interested in trying ED. Let me know and I can set you up with an account.

  5. Leyon Chung
    February 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I count all my precious information to be stored on cloud backup service like; Crashplan and Dropbox because they are not only good to backup my data but they are fairly easy to use cloud backup solution. You can explore more options in this particular domain.

    More reliable cloud backup options can be available at:

  6. Moez bouhlel
    February 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    i have a count at aside the free count at U1, as i don't know any sol to use on ubuntu for backup i just use my U1 count for it

  7. Ron Wyllys
    February 15, 2013 at 1:34 am

    I've been pleased with my use of CrashPlan for both my LinuxMint desktop and my wife's Windows 7 desktop. Among other things, CrashPlan makes it possible to schedule times when it is active and when it is not.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      I agree, it feels like a true backup solution. It's great that it works on so many different platforms and is relatively easy to set up to hold your own backup data.

  8. Max
    February 14, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I use Wuala which has a Linux client and also offeres https and other security.

  9. Anonymous
    February 14, 2013 at 3:58 am
    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Ah, I forgot about SpiderOak. That could have been included in the list.

  10. John Morris
    February 13, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    None of those sound like something suitable for backup. A backup solution needs to be 100% there when the poo hits the fan. Look for remote rsync service on google.

    First build a place closer to you to rsync to because when things go wrong you really don't wait for DVDs in the mail.

    For personal use use an external USB HDD or a personal NAS. For anything larger go for a NAS. If offsite is important either get a NAS you can get root on or just build a small server. Have it rsync to an offsite service.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Great ideas, but not everyone wants to put that much effort into securing a backup solution. The uptime for any of these services is virtually 100%, so they should be good enough and easy to set up.

  11. Deekshith Allamaneni
    February 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I use Dejadup with Dropbox. I feel it its the best choice.
    DejaDup has a good integration with UbuntuOne. It is good but I personally have lots of Dropbox space so I prefer that. For others, I prefer Dejadup with UbuntuOne.

  12. LD
    February 12, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I'm wondering if anything works on Ubuntu server without a gui.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I'm not entirely sure. I feel like Dropbox would, but I could be wrong.

  13. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 12, 2013 at 7:30 am

    The lesser known Asus Web Storage (with 5 GB free space) also gives some Linux love :

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      Great find! I didn't know this existed.

  14. dragonmouth
    February 11, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I'm wondering why Ubuntu was singled out for special mention? Linux world does not start and end with Ubuntu. There are at least 4 other major distributions and their derivatives: Slackware, Gentoo RedHat/Fedora, Mandriva/Mageia, as well as tens of independent distros. Does Deja Dup work with them or do they have their own backup packages? When the title says "....Fully Support Linux", not "....Fully Support Ubuntu", other distros and their packages should be mentioned.

    I know that cloud storage is the latest and greatest technology everybody is atwitter about but one has to question the security of the cloud. Every day new stories come out about data being compromised, hijacked and/or stolen. Is the cloud storage companies' security that much better than our own? Cloud storage may be more convenient but one has to pay for that convenience, and not just in money. Once your data leaves your PC you have no control over it.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I didn't single out Ubuntu. Yes, Bitcasa only has a client for Ubuntu so far, but all three other options work on any distribution. I'm fully aware that there's more to Linux than Ubuntu.

      Also, I'm aware of the privacy concerns of clouds. People still choose to use them for their convenience. If privacy really is an issue, there's plenty of ways to protect your data and still use a cloud. For example, you can create a TrueCrypt container and place sensitive files in there. No one will be able to decrypt that.

      • dragonmouth
        March 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

        If your cloud storage company goes offline, the fact that your data is encrypted will not help you get access to it. If your cloud storage company decides to hold your data hostage for whatever reason, the fact that your data is encrypted will not help you get access to it.

  15. Scott Reyes
    February 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I believe there are ways to map skydrive as a network drive, but they involve a bit of skill. You could also use rsync and plain old ftp as a start up scrypt to get the job done.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Great ideas! Thanks Scott!

  16. Jason Malone
    February 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I am wondering why Google Drive wasn't mentioned?

    • juan david gil
      February 12, 2013 at 1:54 am

      not officialy supported yet

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Google Drive is available via its web interface, but there isn't an official Google Drive app for Linux. Supposedly it's in the works.

  17. Florin Ardelian
    February 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I just tried Bitcasa and it didn't work with Facebook authentication on Ubuntu :(

    When I started the app, it let me register using their website and I registered using my Facebook account, so I only had to put two secret questions/answers, no password. The app then failed to authenticate me using Facebook (it opened the web page which said I was authenticated) and wouldn't let me register using my primary email address - because it was already being used by the Facebook-connected account.

    • Danny Stieben
      February 28, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      I'm sorry that it hasn't worked out for you. Remember that the BItcasa client isn't stable yet, so such issues are to be expected. Hopefully the developers will accelerate their development!