Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Aptik v1.4

What's New

New Look

The main window has undergone some changes. New toolbar is added with buttons for each action.

Backup & Restore Application Settings

New option to backup and restore settings for an application. Aptik will list all hidden folders in your home directory which contain config files for various applications (Firefox, Chromium, etc). You can select the folders to backup and restore. For example, to backup the settings for Firefox (bookmarks, addons, etc) select and backup the folder ~/.mozilla. This folder can then be restored after doing a fresh installation of Ubuntu to restore your Firefox settings. Similarly, in order to backup the current state of torrents being downloaded by the Deluge Bittorrent Client, quit Deluge and backup the folder ~/.config/deluge. After restoring on the new system you can continue downloading the same torrents.

Restoring the application settings in this way can sometimes cause problems. For example, if the new system has a new version of the application then it may have problems loading the config files created by previous version. If you face issues after restoring files, you can "reset" the application settings using the 'Reset' button. This will delete the selected config directory. New config files will be created automatically (with default settiings) when you run the application next time.

Bug Fixes

A number of bugs were fixed.

  • There was an issue while adding PPAs on on some systems. A log window will be displayed with error messages in case of errors while adding a PPA.
  • Hard-coded icons have been replaced with icons from the system theme. Hard-coded icons will be used if the current icon theme used on the system doesn't have the required icon.
  • Various fixes and improvements.

Elementary Icon Theme

Numix Circle Icon Theme

Install Aptik

Aptik can be installed by running the following commands in a terminal window:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aptik

Existing users can update the application with the following commands:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install aptik

Support This Project

This software is free for personal and commercial use and is licensed under the GNU General Public License. If you find this software useful and wish to support its development, please consider purchasing a support subscription for $10 or leaving a donation using the PayPal link below. Your contributions will help in keeping this project alive and developing it further.

What you get when you donate or purchase a support subscription:

  • Technical support through email
  • Feature requests will be given higher priority
  • People who donate $10 or more will have their name listed as a donor on the donations page


This program is free for personal and commercial use and comes with absolutely no warranty. The author will not be liable for any damages arising from the use of this program.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
See the GNU General Public License for more details.


  1. The app has stop working seens 1 week.
    When I will backup ppa the list is empty.
    I have reinstall. But no better. What to do
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bits

    1. Please provide more details.
      If you are getting an error saying that 'Failed to save list' then check whether the backup location is read-only. Are you able to see the list of PPAs when after clicking the Backup button?

  2. Any chance of an update / bug fixes soon ? seems there are some issues with 1.4.3 on Linux Mint. Please let us know as this is an indispensable tool when upgrading to a new Mint version as MintBackup no longer works. Thanx for all your hard work , much appreciated !!

    1. There was an issue with restoring PPAs on Mint 17. This is fixed in v1.5.
      Please provide more details if you are facing any other issues.

  3. Hi, I am running Aptik 1.5 on 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04. When I try to backup software selections, I get this error message from Aptik:

    "The list of default packages is missing on this system:

    And when I look in that folder, I do not see that file.

    Well, I realize this is not an Aptik problem, but perhaps you may know..... How can I obtain that file?

    I have no idea how it got deleted.

    Thanks in advance.

  4. I am also running Aptik 1.5 on 64 bit Ubuntu 14.04. When I try to backup software selections, I am also getting this error message from Aptik:

    "The list of default packages is missing on this system:

    Please advise if there is a fix to this problem.


  5. with xubuntu 14.04 and aptik 1.5.1
    i get the same error but the file /var/log/installer/initial-status.gz is indeed here, with the rights root/root as it should have.
    moreover, the list under "software sources (ppas)" is empty.

  6. with aptik version 1.5.2, everything seems corrected.
    thank you :)

  7. 1. Open as administrator the folder: "dpkg" (/var/lib/dpkg)
    2. Copy the file "status" in the folder: "installer" (/var/log/installer/)
    3. Rename "status" in "initial-status"
    4. Create an gz archive of "initial-status"
    5. Now you have: "/var/log/installer/initial-status.gz

    1. Doing this will simply mark all installed packages as default (installed with distribution).

      If initial-status.gz is missing on the system, the check boxes will be selected for all installed packages while backing up. User will have to un-check one-by-one the packages that are not required.There is no other impact.

  8. how do i run the gui?

    1. sorrry my email is