System Administration

Essential System Tools: Timeshift – Reliable system restore tool for Linux

Last Updated on December 21, 2022

In Operation


Creating a new snapshot is easy. Just click the Create button, and the process begins. A dialog box appears showing the snapshot being created.

On the first run, a full snapshot is taken using rsync and hard-links. Subsequent snapshots capture the changes made to the system. Common files are shared between snapshots which saves disk space.


The snapshots are saved to /timeshift/ on the root of the backup device. There’s no option to change this directory.

Snapshots can be restored by selecting a snapshot from the main window and clicking the Restore button on the toolbar.


You can include and exclude patterns.

Timeshift Patterns

Next page: Page 3 – Other Features

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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