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1.9.0 (2021-03-19)


  • WARNING: if you upgrade time2backup from a version prior to 1.7.0, please upgrade to 1.8.7 before upgrade to 1.9.0
  • Upgrade to 1.20.0, adding native notifications on Windows
  • Drop 32-bits support for Windows
  • Minor code improvements


  • Add missing SSH options when restoring remote sources

1.8.7 (2021-02-01)


  • Open time2backup in terminal

1.8.6 (2021-01-29)


  • Fix regressive bug that prenvented restore ssh files
  • Upgrade to 1.18.1, fixing a bug that prevented emails to be sent in some configurations

1.8.5 (2020-12-04)


  • Fix false incomplete warning when restoring a relative path directory


  • Upgrade to 1.18.0
  • Minor code improvements and cleaning

1.8.4 (2020-08-24)


  • Fix bug that prevented debug mode to work
  • Apply crontab changes only when running config wizard or config command

1.8.3 (2020-07-17)


  • Upgrade to 1.17.1, improving import config security
  • Minor code improvements

1.8.2 (2020-07-06)


  • Import/export all now does a full rsync command


  • Clean empty trash in trash mode
  • Debug mode can now be set in config

1.8.1 (2020-04-22)


  • Add support for multi-sources in clone mode

1.8.0 (2020-04-18)

New features

  • New clone mode: backup source to destination without versionning


  • Navigate in config windows do not quit time2backup when finished
  • Upgrade to 1.16.1
  • Improved documentation


  • Fixed bug that prevented config migration to work on BSD/macOS since 1.6.0! (related to 1.14.2)
  • Fixed crash when restoring to a non-existant directory

1.7.2 (2020-04-03)


  • Fix bug when moving backed up files to a new path
  • Minor code improvements

1.7.1 (2020-01-29)


  • Don't override excludes config file if it is empty
  • Improve display for some commands
  • Upgrade to 1.15.0

1.7.0 (2019-11-22)

New features

  • Remote destination support with time2backup server
  • New trash mode: put every old backup versions in the same directory, like a trashbin
  • New sources selector in config wizard
  • New --all option for import and export commands
  • New --test option for rotate command


  • Removed compatibility for old subdirectories destinations (deprecated since 1.3.0)
  • Removed compatibility for old restore --force-lock options (deprecated since 1.3.1)
  • Config parameter ssh_options is now an array of values (old configs are upgraded automatically)
  • Removed config parameter remote_sudo (old configs are upgraded automatically)
  • history command displays folders without content
  • Enhance security for config import
  • Major code rewrites in backup procedure with simplifications
  • Upgrade to 1.14.4

1.6.2 (2019-10-12)


  • Improve import/export by using better references
  • Upgrade to 1.14.3
  • Minor code improvements

1.6.1 (2019-10-08)


  • Fixed bug that prevent force unlock mode to delete the good lock
  • Avoid backups on local disk if SMB destination was not unmounted correctly
  • Fixed some bugs related to homepaths on Windows and BSD
  • Various code improvements

1.6.0 (2019-09-23)

New features

  • New import command to copy backups from another folder/host
  • New test mode for backup and restore commands
  • New option to restore files in another path
  • SMB destinations are now supported
  • BSD systems are now supported
  • Windows: new portable version (bat script)


  • Permit restore directories in trash mode
  • Improvements in export command
  • Improvements when cleaning empty backups
  • Remove support for URLs like file://
  • Configuration upgrade is now simplier and better
  • Logs on Windows are formatted with good end of lines
  • upgraded to version 1.14.2


  • Fixed a bug that prevent calling remote rsync path when restoring remote source
  • Fixed a bug for ssh when ssh_options rewrites ssh command
  • Fixed bugs for config upgrades on Windows

1.5.1 (2019-06-03)

  • Fix bug in trash mode when using relative backup destination path
  • upgraded to version 1.12.2

1.5.0 (2019-05-06)

New features

  • New portable version available: run ./
  • New rotate command to rotate backups manually
  • New export command to copy backups to another folder/host
  • New --keep option to clean command to keep the N latest backups
  • The keep_limit config value can now be set as a period of minutes, hours or days
  • New config entry to execute remote rsync with sudo


  • Improve status/stop commands with PID written in backup lock file
  • Various messages display improvements
  • upgraded to version 1.12.1
  • Various code improvements for a better organization
  • Improvements in documentation and help


  • Fix a bug that could empty the log file
  • Various bugfixes

1.4.0 (2018-09-12)

New features

  • New --latest option to restore command to restore the latest version of the path
  • New --latest option to mv command to move only the latest version of the path
  • New --keep-latest option to clean command to keep the latest version from deleting
  • More context informations are stored in the info file
  • More error details in email reports


  • Empty backup directories with nothing except info file are now deleted
  • Restore directories are now allowed in trash mode, only from the latest backup
  • Backup estimated time is more reliable
  • Improvements in rotate and clean empty backups
  • upgraded to version 1.9.2
  • Various code improvements in performance and readability


  • Prevent multiple cron tasks when using default and custom config paths
  • macOS: fix bug when running in sudo
  • macOS: open configuration with default text editor instead of random application

1.3.1 (2018-02-19)

  • Fix bug when excluding destination folder to avoid recursive backups
  • Fix line return bug for emails
  • Fix "nothing was backed up" error if destination disappears before end
  • New quit option in choose operation dialog
  • Add lock details in console
  • Hide explore command in console mode
  • Add backup date in info file
  • Change --force-lock option to --force-unlock (keep compatibility)
  • Don't hold script when sending email reports

1.3.0 (2018-01-27)

  • Backup resumes if the last one has failed or was canceled
  • New file created for each backup to log durations and command status
  • New option and config to show rsync files progress (disabled by default)
  • New feature: restore remote files/directories
  • New logfile if restore command failed
  • Explore command is now available from the choose operation dialog
  • Browse the global backup destination if no path specified in the explore command
  • Warn user if trying to restore a partially backed up directory
  • New quiet option to hide rsync output for backup and restore commands
  • New procedure to restore a backup from another PC
  • Print backup estimated time
  • Print PID on status command
  • New option to force backup when a lock is stuck
  • Ask confirmation before stop command & add force option
  • Added bash completion support
  • Removed the install process at the first run
  • Removed the subdirectories system and add migration code for older installs
  • Improved cleanup for failed backups that didn't work in some cases
  • Minor changes and improvements
  • Upgrade to 1.8.0

1.2.2 (2017-11-17)

  • Fix bug 'Cannot find homepath' on Windows install
  • Fix bug that can crash uninstall command
  • Release backup lock on Windows before displaying info dialogs to avoid locks stucked
  • Remove the reset/delete config options in install/uninstall commands to avoid malicious uses
  • Test config values before call them to avoid bugs, especially for boolean values
  • Some improvements in source code

1.2.1 (2017-11-06)

  • Fixed hard links bug for distant sources (previous backup were not found)
  • Send email reports even if first tests fails (already running, not mounted, ...)
  • Hard links compatibility is now tested from a list of known supported filesystems

1.2.0 (2017-10-30)

  • New clean command to delete backup files
  • New mv command to reorganize backup files
  • Fixed bug that prevent Windows to backup on network shared folders
  • New option to prevent user to execute custom commands
  • Improve output of the history command
  • Fixed quiet mode that printed some info
  • upgraded to 1.6.2
  • Various code improvements and optimizations

1.1.0 (2017-09-29)

  • New explore command to open backups in the file manager
  • New stop command to interrupt a running backup
  • New debian package available
  • Major improvements in config files
  • Add option to override destination
  • Rotate backups only when backup is done
  • Add translations in email reports
  • Improve install process
  • Config files can be open and modified on Windows in the notepad
  • Various improvements on Windows
  • Fixed bad interpretation of sizes on macOS
  • Fix email reports that were not sent

1.0.0 (2017-08-09)

  • Changed logs_save to keep_logs with an enum (can broke your config, see config example file)

1.0.0 RC 8 (2017-08-01)

  • Add popup dialogs on Windows when backup/restore finished
  • Upgrade to 1.2.2
  • New option: email_subject_prefix to set a prefix to email reports subjects
  • Changed email_report config system (can broke your config, see config example file)
  • Rename consolemode config value to console_mode
  • Improve documentation and source code comments
  • Various minor improvements

1.0.0 RC 7 (2017-06-16)

  • New option to not test free space on destination before backup
  • Test folders size before backup
  • Many improvements in Windows support
  • Upgrade to 1.1.1
  • Various improvements and bugfixes
  • Change in global options: --config needs now the config directory path

1.0.0 RC 6 (2017-05-17)

  • Add support to backup multiple sources specified from the command line
  • Apply configuration when running main commands (backup, restore, history)
  • Major improvements in documentation
  • Upgrade to 1.0
  • Various bugfixes and improvements in source code

1.0.0 RC 5 (2017-04-12)

  • Enable notifications in cron mode
  • Delete cron jobs when uninstall
  • Fix automount bugs
  • Fix rotate bugs
  • Prevent recurrent backups to run before user has finished to edit configuration
  • Code optimizations

1.0.0 RC 4 (2017-03-21)

  • Update to fix zenity notifications bug
  • Add uninstall command

1.0.0 RC 3 (2017-03-15)

  • Fix critical bugs for SSH sources
  • Finished rewrite of exit codes

1.0.0 RC 2 (2017-03-13)

  • Clean empty backup if cancelled
  • Rewrite of exit codes
  • Various improvements and bugfixes

1.0.0 RC 1 (2017-03-06)

  • First release on Github


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Author: Jean Prunneaux