How to back up and restore your Linux desktop with SaveDesktop

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you needed to reinstall or configure a new Linux desktop environment? And if that weren’t enough, would you like everything to be exactly the same as before? If so, you will love SaveDesktop!

SaveDesktop is an open-source application that easily backs up and restores configurations of Linux desktop environments such as GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon, and others. It saves installed icons, themes, settings, wallpapers, extensions, and Flatpak applications. To install it, you will need GTK4 and LibAdwaita as prerequisites.

You can install it using a Git or Flatpak command.

Here’s how to install it using Git:

git clone /tmp/SaveDesktop && sh /tmp/SaveDesktop/ --install

Here’s how to install it using Flatpak:

flatpak install flathub io.github.vikdevelop.SaveDesktop

SaveDesktop’s user interface is minimalistic and easy to use. However, there are some limitations to keep in mind. For example, it currently doesn’t support Snap apps, and there are some issues with some icons not saving properly. Despite these small flaws, SaveDesktop remains a very useful tool for Linux users.

In summary, SaveDesktop is a great application for those looking to easily backup and restore their Linux desktop setups. If you are a Linux user and have not yet tried SaveDesktop, I highly encourage you to do so. This could save you a lot of time and effort when setting up your Linux desktop environments in the future.

Mohamed SAKHRI
Mohamed SAKHRI

I'm the creator and editor-in-chief of Tech To Geek. Through this little blog, I share with you my passion for technology. I specialize in various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, macOS, and Android, focusing on providing practical and valuable guides.

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