CrashPlan for Linux

CrashPlan is a network-based backup and recovery tool for personal computers and other devices. Backups are saved to a single account with a 50GB quota. For the root user, CrashPlan installs in /usr/local/bin and backs up the entire Linux system. For other users, CrashPlan will be installed in the home directory.

CrashPlan is available to faculty and staff through an annual site license. The initial cost is $65 with a $20 annual maintenance fee. Purchase CrashPlan at

Install and Back Up

  1. Download CrashPlan for Linux.
  2. Extract the archive contents to the Downloads directory and run the install as root. Enter
    sudo ./
  3. Review and agree to the EULA.
  4. Follow the prompts and answer the questions.
    Note: The install creates Start Scripts. No inbound firewall ports are required to be open.
  5. Open CrashPlan Desktop by entering
  6. Click Existing Account.
  7. Enter your UARK username and password.
  8. Enter "" as the CrashPlan PROe server address.
  9. Click Sign In.
  10. Configure your settings to change backup directories, exclude file types or specific filenames, and change scheduled times (for instructions, see below).

Exclude File Types or Names

Exclude certain files or file types from backups.

  1. Open CrashPlan.
  2. Click the Settings menu, and click Backup.
  3. Next to Filename exclusion, click Configure.
  4. To exclude a file type, enter the file extension, for example, ".mp3" or ".jpg."
    To exclude a filename, enter the name and extension, for example, "README.TXT."
  5. Click Add (+). Click OK.

Include or Exclude Directories

Select directories to be included or excluded in backups.

  1. Open CrashPlan.
  2. Click Backup. Click Change.
  3. Check the boxes for directories to be included in the backup, or uncheck the boxes for directories to be excluded from the backup.
  4. Click Save.

Restore Files

Restore files to your computer from a previous backup.

  1. Open CrashPlan.
  2. Click Restore. Select the computer to restore.
  3. If the computer is backed up to multiple locations, select a backup destination.
    Note: By default, computers are backed up to the university's CrashPlan server.
  4. By default, files are restored from the most recent backup. To restore files from a previous backup, click "most recent" and select a date and time.
  5. By default, files are restored with their original permissions. If you are restoring files to a different device than they were backed up from, click original permissions to switch to current permissions.
  6. Check the boxes for all folders and files to be included in the restore.
  7. By default, files will be restored to the original location. To select an alternate location, click "original location" and click "(Desktop)" to select a folder. Click Ok.
  8. By default, duplicate files will be renamed with the prefix "Original1." Click Rename to overwrite duplicate files.
  9. Click Restore.

Updated 08/18/2015

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