Install Timeshift on Raspberry Pi
System restore tool for Linux that provides functionality similar to the System Restore feature in Windows and the Time Machine tool in Mac OS.
Creates filesystem snapshots using rsync+hardlinks, or BTRFS snapshots. Supports scheduled snapshots, multiple backup levels, and exclude filters. Snapshots can be restored while system is running or from Live CD/USB.
To run GUI: Menu -> Tools -> Timeshift
To run CLI interface from terminal: timeshift
Fortunately, Timeshift is very easy to install on your Raspberry Pi in just two steps.
- Install Pi-Apps - the best app installer for Raspberry Pi.
- Use Pi-Apps to install Timeshift.
For the best chance of this working, we recommend using the latest version of Raspberry Pi OS, which is currently version Bookworm.
Raspberry Pi OS has 32-bit and 64-bit variants, both of which will run on most Raspberry Pi computers, including the Pi 3, Pi 4, and Pi5.
Timeshift will run on either PiOS 32-bit or 64-bit.
Pi-Apps is a free tool that makes it incredibly easy to install the most useful programs on your Raspberry Pi with just a few clicks.
Open a terminal and run this command to install Pi-Apps:
wget -qO- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Botspot/pi-apps/master/install | bash
Feel free to check out the Pi-Apps source code here: https://github.com/Botspot/pi-apps
Now that you have Pi-Apps installed, it is time to install Timeshift.
First launch Pi-Apps from your start menu:
Then click on the System Management category.
Now scroll down to find Timeshift in the list.
Just click Install and Pi-Apps will install Timeshift for you!