Systemback: Backup, System Restore and much more



Systemback is a simple and very practical application that facilitates the creation of system backups by managing user configuration files. And in case of problems, you can easily restore the previous state of the Operating System.

It also has very useful additional functions such as operating system restorations, which can be used to install it from scratch and even to create an Operating System in live format, that is, "live" to be customized, and copied to CD / DVD or USB drives.

Systemback: a project hosted on

Since the last time Systemback was discussed in DesdeLinux in a previous post, the same has been updated enough to be considered an application with a mature state of development both for its developer and for its growing community of users.

About Systemback

In the official words of his website on launchpad and developer Kendek:

Systemback makes it easy to create backup copies of the system and user configuration files. In case of problems, you can easily restore the previous state of the system. It has additional functions such as copying the Operating System, installing the Operating System and creating the Operating System in live format.

Said application can be downloaded from both the Launchpad website and the Sourcesforge website. And it can be used by following the terms of use covered by the "GNU General Public License version 3.0" (GPLv3).

Systemback Official Screenshots


Its installation process is still very easy today and you just have to follow the procedure described by its creator, which is:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nemh/systemback
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install systemback

Systemaback automatic installation

For those who do not have Distros that allow adding Repositories directly via the "add-apt-repository" command You can edit your "sources.list" file and add the following repository lines:

deb yakkety main 
# deb-src yakkety main 
# sudo apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 14E4942973C62A1B
# "XENIAL" - (16.04)
# "WILY" - (15.10)
# "VIVID" - (15.04)
# "TRUSTY" - (14.04)

Systemaback Manual Installation - Step 1

After configuring your repository manually, previously execute the commented line with the command "apt-key" to install the repository key and then run a "Apt update" to update the same. Finally, run the package installation with the command command "Apt install systemback".

Systemaback Manual Installation - Step 2

Depending on the Distro where you try to install "Systemback" you may need some extra libraries or dependencies to solve. In general, some of these packages may be required to be previously installed:

  • casper
  • live boot
  • syslinux
  • isolinux
  • syslinux-utils
  • syslinux-themes-ubuntu
  • syslinux-themes-debian
  • popularity contest


Systemback can be used for several important things, such as:

  • Operating System Backup
  • Restoring the Operating System
  • System Copy Operational
  • Operating System Installation
  • Creation of live image of the Operating System
  • System Repair Operational
  • System Update Operational

These and other features make Systemback an application worth having installed on our Linux Distros.

Although its developer has ended the Development and Support of the same on 13/12/2017, the quality, operability and practicality of the application today is excellent and is widely used by a wide community active in the Free Software and GNU / Linux networks and communities.

Systemback on MinerOS

My personal experience

I have known and used Systemback for about 2 years to mainly generate a portable ISO of my Operating System, to be used as a custom GNU / Linux Distro. My first attempt was to install it on a DEBIAN Testing.

Its installation was successful, and its typical functionalities performed without any problem. I generated my custom ISO, but for unknown reasons, which I assume were configuration problems of my Distro, in a small percentage of computers the ISO did not raise live (live) to be installed.

Today, I successfully use Systemback as the main installer of my current Distro called "MinerOS GNU / Linux" which is a Distro based on "Ubuntu 18.04" merged with the Distro "MX Linux 17".

Systemback has worked successfully 100% of the time on any type of tested equipment, which I attribute to the good support that the applications and libraries of the Distro «MX Linux 17» bring to «Ubuntu 18.04».

I personally recommend using Systemback to create your own custom Distros from your installed Operating System.

Finally I leave you this video so you can see how Systemback is used for this purpose:


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  1.   Sete said

    As always, excellent article but with countless serious spelling and grammar errors.
    Very interesting application.

  2.   Eddy Sandoval said

    Greetings and blessings friend, a query I already know how super practical systemback butooo when installing the livecd made with it at the beginning systemback asks for authentication and I have not managed to disable that but uninstalling the systemback after the installation on the new disk or machine, and if You know about the direct repo of system for debian because I downloaded the debs

    1.    Linux PostInstall said

      Greetings Eddy! Yes, Systemback certainly asks for authentication to log in and run the copy (installation) of the generated image, but I have never tried to remove it, therefore I don't know what to tell you about it. About Repositories, here is the link: