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System restore utility
15 reviews

Timeshift is a system restore utility which takes snapshots of the system at regular intervals. These snapshots can be restored at a later date to undo system changes. Creates incremental snapshots using rsync or BTRFS snapshots using BTRFS tools.

User reviews:

3 weeks ago
5 Time shift saved my life. I'm doing website development and one of my wordress sites in localhost screwed up. Thank you to time shift I was able to restore its previous configuration and now its up.

2 months ago
2 I used it for a while, but I had to uninstall it. I have little understanding of how it works, so I crashed my system using it. Fortunately, I did not have anything on it that was irreplaceable. I have been using Mint since 17.1, but I have not delved deeply into it, so I have problems completely removing apps I no longer want to use. In Mint 19.x I used Timeshift a few times to take me back to the place before I installed certain apps, and it worked great. However, one day I choose an option that I did not fully understand, and it corrupted Grub so that I could no longer boot into Mint. This forced me to reinstall Mint, disable the warning message that system snapshots were not set up, and uninstall Timeshift. This is definitely not a tool for the uninformed user.

5 months ago
5 Just saved me from having to redo my Mint 19/Win 10 dual-boot after I mounted my Windows partition to ~, wiping all content in ~ such as music, themes (of which I'd spent a lot of time on customizing), and more. I was unable to unmount it given that the terminal I was using to unmount was active. Am very glad I set up a backup schedule when first installing! Will recommend!

6 months ago
4 Linux version of Microsoft's System Restore. Very handy if you have a fastish CPU and the disk space for a few snapshots. (I've scheduled one backup at boot and three daily backups which automatically delete the oldest and replace it). An be a life saver.

7 months ago
1 if using standard (ext4) filesystem rather than BTRFS you'll see that it takes large chunks of your hard drive. If not careful it will fill your disk space, requiring you to delete items to make your system useable again. Also, trying to delete these saved timestamps can be problematic as they still take diskspace when deleted: effectively a good way to waste large chunks of your harddisk for nothing. A good idea, with some use, but in general I would avoid until they solve problem with inability to clear disk space taken up by deleted timestamps and the potential to crash your system when timestamps fill HD (best alternative is to save timestamps to external HD that you can reformat if problems).

7 months ago
2 Timeshift made it virtually impossible for me to recover my data, by eating up all of the remaining free disk space. Not an intelligent app.

8 months ago
5 Recommanded Utility. It is very Cool. Thx..

9 months ago
5 Excellent tool.

11 months ago
1 Starts when i working, slowing down computer. Why there are no exact time schedule????

1 year ago
4 This is a great program. I like to push my technical understanding of Linux beyond my actual skills, and this makes restoring to previous points perfect and simple.

1 year ago
5 Timeshift saved my life when I tried to install some proprietary drivers and failed.

1 year ago
1 Tried to run my first snapshot and it ran out of disk space very close to completion. After it errored out, the partial failed snapshot was not visible under timeshift but it didn't get deleted either. Uninstalling timeshift did not delete the failed snapshot files either, and as it had used up 100% of the disk space I couldn't even get online to search for a solution. I had to manually hunt down the timeshift files, change permissions since they were created with root ownership, and then delete them to get my system working again. Unpleasant waste of time. The failure modes need to be much more graceful than this or it'll remain a dangerous system toy not a real utility.

1 year ago
5 Works great. I completely restored my system multiple times going from RAID to a single disk and back to a different RAID. I used this for my fileystem data and Grsync for user data. Glad to see this finally in the Software Manager too.

1 year ago
5 Great tool, fairly easy to use, and a good thing to keep your system safe

1 year ago
5 Excellent tool.