Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Timeshift v1.6

This release which fixes all issues reported by users over the last 6 months. It is strongly recommended to update to this version.

What's New


You can now clone your current system on another device using the "Clone" button on the toolbar. This is similar to restoring a snapshot to another device. Only difference is that system files are copied directly to the target device without creating a snapshot. The /etc/fstab entries on the restored system will be updated to point to the target device.

This is useful when you are travelling. You can clone the OS on your desktop to a portable hard disk and take it with you when you travel. Boot from the hard disk on a laptop or another desktop to use your cloned system.

Note: Since the cloning process is similar to creating snapshots, files in your home folder will not be copied to the target device. You need to manually copy documents and any other files you need.

Improved First Snapshot Size Estimation

Estimating the size of the first snapshot used to take a long time in previous versions. The calculated size was approximate since it used a quick-and-dirty method to estimate the size.

The estimation method has been improved. It now displays the exact space required for the first snapshot and is much faster.

Mounting Changes

The code for mounting devices has been rewritten. Instead of mounting/unmounting devices for every backup and restore, the existing mount points will be used. Devices will be mounted explicitly only if required.

A single directory /mnt/timeshift will be created for mounting devices.

Encrypted Partition Support

Backups can now be saved on LUKS-encrypted partitions. When you plug in a hard disk with a LUKS encrypted partition, your file manager (Nautilus, Nemo, etc) will prompt you for the password and mount the partition automatically. After the partition has been unlocked it will be visible in the "Backup Device" dropdown as /dev/dm-*. Select the partition from dropdown to use it as your backup device.

Note: The encrypted partition must be in unlocked state for backups to be saved to that partition. Timeshift will not prompt the user for the password.

Terminal Output

The terminal output was cleaned up. Only important messages will be displayed. All debug messages will be written to log file instead of being displayed on the terminal. Run timeshift with the --debug flag to see all messages.


Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10 users can install from PPA:

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

Installers for other Linux distributions are available at following links: (32-bit, 200 KB) (64-bit, 200 KB)


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  1. Tony George- I am a fan of both Aptik and Timeshift, but recently I had occasion to use Timeshift to restore my system to a state prior to a previous point set with Timeshift.

    Following the Restore and reboot, I found myself with a Hybrid Linux Distro which I have called "Zorbuntu", combing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr and Zorin 9 Core, both 64-bit and both of which I was using. I am able to work, as I had already, just installed Linux Mint Mate 17 Qiana 64-bit, hence this query. I am wondering if there is a bug in Timeshift, as it is the only connection I can find. Using v1.6.2, haven't tried BTRFS yet. You can read more about this over at - but I am still piecing together the sequence of events. Thank you

    1. It looks like the restore process did not complete successfully. Your system now has files from both distributions which is what you are seeing. Your system may seem to be normal but will be broken in other ways. Reinstall the OS or restore a snapshot again and check if restore completes successfully.

  2. Hello TeeJee,
    I want to implement full disk encryption in Ubuntu. If I make a Timeshift backup of my current Ubuntu 14.04 system setup (unencrypted root, encrypted home only), then reinstall virgin Ubuntu 14.04 as LUKS/LVM encrypted disk, can I restore my previous setup onto this new disk resulting in my old setup on a fully encrypted disk?
    Thanks, Dean.