Borg-Qt is a Python 3 based graphical frontend for the backup tool BorgBackup as its name implies it is using the Qt5 Framework. Currently it works only on Linux.
I think Borg is a great backup tool which should be available to many more users. Since command line tools can be a bit scary for less experienced users I decided to write a GUI as my “thesis” during my final semester at the IBZ school in Aarau, Switzerland.
These instructions will get you a copy of the project up and running on your local machine.
You need to have Borg installed in order to have Borg-Qt working. You can get a binary for your operating system here: https://github.com/borgbackup/borg/releases
On a Debian based system you can install it by copying to
needs to be able to get executed by calling the command
cp ~/Downloads/borg-linux64 ~/.local/bin/borg chmod +x ~/.local/bin/borg
For other systems check their documenation.
pip3 install borg-qt
Copy the config file from
~/.config/borg_qt/borg_qt.conf and edit it to contain a valid path to
your BorgBackup repository and the password. Put all your changes into the
[borgqt] section. As of now there is no automated way to setup Borg-Qt.
Run the binary by double clicking on it or by copying it to
~/.local/bin/ like Borg. If you do that you might want to create a desktop
file for it. Puth the following code into a
borg-qt.desktop file in
[Desktop Entry] Version=1.0 Name=Borg-Qt Exec=/home/username/.local/bin/borg-qt Terminal=false Type=Application Categories=Tools MimeType=x-scheme-handler/tg;
Make sure the file is executable:
chmod +x ~/.local/share/applications/borg-qt.desktop
Now you should find Borg-Qt in your desktop’s start menu.
If you installed Borg-Qt with pip you can either run
borg_qt from the
command line or edit the desktop file to exec
borg_qt instead of the full
To start working on Borg-Qt first clone the git repository and install BorgBackup as described in [Prerequisites].
git clone https://github.com/borg-qt/borg-qt.git
Now create a virtual environment.
cd borg-qt python3 -m venv venv
And activate it.
Finally you can install Borg-Qt and it’s dependencies.
pip3 install -e .
You’re now all set to work on Borg-Qt. It’s a good idea to run the tests before starting. You can do this with the following command from the root of the repository.
To make testing the application while programming a bit easier there’s a script
which reloads the application everytime a file changes in the
directory. You to use it run the following command from the root of the
To have a look at all the planned tasks you can have a look at the planned features here: todos.md
Everyone is welcome to submit pull requests and reports issues. Please follow PEP8 and remove unnecessary white space when you contribute code. And most importantly make sure that you don’t break any tests and if possible write tests for your code.
Currently there is no versioning as such. In the future a versioning scheme based on semantic versioning might get used. The master branch is considered to be the stable branch. Other branches might be highly experimental.
This project is licensed under the GPLv3 License - see the file for details.