Flatpak App of the Week: Pika Backup – Protecting your data has never been easier


9to5Linux’s “Flatpak App of the Week” is Pika Backup, an open-source graphical backup utility created by Sophie Herold, with the promise to protect your data and make the whole process easier than ever.

If you care about your personal data, you need to have a backup, and Pika Backup is one of those tools that you set up the way you like it and forget about it.

“Make backups easy” – that’s Pick Backup’s motto, but the great thing about this utility is that it saves you time and disk space by not copying all the data yet and even.

The tool is written in GTK4 and has a nice, modern interface that adapts to your system’s dark or light themes and it’s packed with plenty of options to make your backups look just the way you want.

It can create backups locally on the same machine (not recommended for obvious reasons), on an external driver, such as a USB flash drive or SSD/HDD, on a remote drive on your local network, or on a remote host accessed through SSH.

Backups can be scheduled at hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly intervals at a certain time, and you can configure Pika Backup to regularly delete old backup archives in a complex way. For example, you can set the amount and duration of archives kept or choose the number of archives to keep for each scheduled backup.

Your backups can be encrypted with a password you set up in the app, or you can leave them unencrypted if your personal data isn’t sensitive or you trust your backup location.

As a bonus, Pika Backup can list created backup archives and lets you browse their contents. Additionally, the app lets you recover files or folders through your file browser, lets you change the prefix of backups in case you have more backups so you can easily identify them, and lets you exclude the files and folders you don’t want your backups.

Keeping your data safe has never been easier with Pick Backup, and you can install it on your favorite GNU/Linux distro as a Flatpak app from the Flathub repository or through your distro’s app store ( for example, GNOME Software or Plasma Discover).

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