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Simple Bash Script for automating client-side encrypted backups on Hetzner's Backup Space
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Hebato - Hetzner Backup Tool - Archived!

Hebato is a simple Bash Script for automating client-side encrypted backups on Hetzner's Backup Space or Storage Boxes using SSHFS and EncFS.

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Since there are many better tools out there since the inception of Hebato, that can be used with Hetzner Backup Storage or Storage Boxes much more easily via SFTP, for example restic, i decided to abandon this Project from today. I now also use restic for backups myself since it's more actively developed and it's faster. If you still use Hebato and it works for you, great. I'll leave this project here as an archive.

Why SSHFS and EncFS?

There are 2 simple reasons: While using SSHFS we can use tools like rsync/rdiff-backup (with --no-hard-links option!) to backup files which would be a pain to use with plain sftp/scp or ftp and because SSHFS uses a secure transport channel by default and mounts the path as a normal directory.

EncFS is our client-side data encryption layer. After we mount the Backup Space via SSHFS, we "double-mount" this path to another path using EncFS which then en- and decrypts data between the SSHFS mount path and the EncFS mount path "on-the-fly". You can read and write data into the EncFS mount path and dont have to care about data security or transport security (which is a bonus now and not necessarily needed anymore!).

How can i use it?

I'm glad you asked that. It's damn easy! Just copy the script into your /root folder (or a folder beneath. i like using /root/.scripts for that). Now get into the script and change the parameters like your Hetzners Username and the mount paths you want to use. You don't even have to care about the EncFS encryption key. The script will handle that automatically for you without exposing your super secret key anywhere (check the sources!).

What you need to do anyways is enabling the ability for your root user to login to the Backup- or Storage-Space just with a SSH keypair. Check this tutorial on how to do that. It will work for Storage-Boxes like it does for Backup-Boxes. Hebato will probably handle that in the future as well.

Where can i put my backup scripts or commands?

Search for ## START and ## END in the source. Between those two you can put your stuff. As an example (and because iam using this script as it is in production) there are 3 pre-defined backups made. The first two is iRedmail's backup scripts for LDAP and MySQL and the third is rdiff-backup to backup the email files itself. This is easy because iRedmail uses the maildir format, so you can read and restore the emails later without special tools!

As a bonus the LDAP and MySQL backups are cleaned up whereas backups older than 3 months are deleted (who really need those?). With rdiff-backup this step is not necessary since it backups files incrementally. If you have 2 new mails (files) since the last backup, only those 2 files are being added to the backup itself.

How to trigger a regular backup?

Even easier. That's a perfect job for cron.

  1. Run crontab -e as root
  2. Add this line: 0 3 * * * /bin/bash /root/.scripts/

That's it. This line will run Hebato every morning at 3 am on 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Are there more information on how this tool works?

Maybe there will be more documentation here later but in the meantime just be brave and take a look under the hood. It's open source and documented in-line! I'll consider adding this tool in a plugin-version for my larger backup tool which handles much more than this. Stay tuned!

Would you like to know more?

I made this small script for my very own personal backup project but since there is little information or even tools for this special backup scenario i wanted to open source all this for everyone's use. There is also a blog post with more detailed steps available. Check it out

Copyright and License

This little tool was made by Martin Seener (c) 2014-2016 Feel free to contribute! Use feature branches for new stuff or bugfixes before you submit them to me!

Released under the MIT License. License file is attached in this repository.