Install restic on a RPi4 with Raspbian+OpenPlotter

Well. First, very proud of my new knowledge, I wrote down “sudo apt install restic” … Nothing.
Then I found Install restic on Raspberry Pi using the Snap Store | Snapcraft. I obeyed, and after
> sudo snap install restic --classic, I obtained
> error: snap “restic” is not available on stable for this architecture (armhf)
> but exists on other architectures (amd64, arm64).

If someone have a tip …

Download the arm Binary from Releases · restic/restic · GitHub

Unpack it, copy it to /usr/local/bin/restic and make it chmod 755. Ready.

That’s how i always do it on raspberrys. To keep it up to date just use “restic self-update” from time to time.

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Sorry, betatester77, but I don’t understand “the arm Binary” and worse, I can’t find some thing like that on Releases · restic/restic · GitHub.
Anyway, thanks for trying helping.

It depends a little on what you have installed but this is probably it. The main advantage of doing this manually is that, especially in the Debian-based repos you will get very old versions of restic. And as @betatester77 said above, restic can self-update from then on vs. getting updates when you use apt upgrade.

So you can download it like that:

curl -JOL

Then unpack it:

bzip2 -d restic_0.13.1_linux_arm.bz2

And move it to /usr/local/bin where it can be used by everyone from everywhere:

sudo mv restic_0.13.1_linux_arm /usr/local/bin/restic

Give all users execute rights:

sudo chmod a+x /usr/local/bin/restic

Check to see if it works:

restic version


When setting up standalone binaries I tend to use sudo install <binary> /usr/local/bin rather than copying and (trying to) remember to set the correct permissions.

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Haha wasn’t aware of that one!

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THANKS !!! It worked !!! (at least no black smoke from the RPi4, and it asked for a password).
Then I went to restic · Backups done right!, and began to copy down. But I never could see the password, not even know if the RPi is getting something.
It seems also that I can’t choose where can be the depository ?
Sorry, but I didn’t find anwers in the FAQ


Well it seems as though you now have restic running so you can play with it! A repository is just a simple, empty folder when you start. The init command then turns it into a restic repository protected by whatever password you choose. In the above screenshot it seems like you simply entered two different passwords.

Try this:

mkdir test-source
touch test-source/example.file
mkdir test-repo
restic -r test-repo init (enter “123” twice as the password and then use “123” in the subsequent commands)
restic -r test-repo backup test-source
restic -r test-repo snapshots

Yep ! It works, at last (I am on it since tuesday a week ago). Thanks to you and others contributors, very patient guis, for sure. But is it NORMAL that I can’t see the password ?

Yes that is actually standard procedure as somebody could be watching over your shoulder.

OK, this is not written down in the doc, I’m afraid (or very tired). I began to create a nice repository, with a nice password. But :

Sorry but I read Preparing a new repository — restic 0.13.1 documentation and I haven’t find my case, as I want to have the depository on a external disc “portable hard drive”, that I formated in FAT32.

A repository is simply a folder. If you create and populate /home/user/repo for instance, you can simply move it like a folder, e.g.: mv /home/user/repo /srv .

OK. It seems I already backuped, and not only created the depositotory.
I understand that the created cache is to register where is the depository ?
**Now, I will try **
mv /home/user/repo /srv to /media/pi/1108-1358"** **or** **mv /home/user/repo /srv to /media/pi/Volume de 1,0 To" ?

Not sure what you’re asking here but just move the repo folder (/tmp/restic-repo) to whereever you want to have it!

Hi nicnab ! I transfered restic-repo to the external disc dedicated to back-ups. Then I tried to create a new back-up …
OK, next tuesday I will meet again the Linux loonies than explained to me to back up via restic, to make them solve all thoses problems.
Thanks a lot again for your help and the help of every body.

As far as I can see, the last time you backed up your home directory and now you want to backup a directory “Work”, which doesnt exist.

I think you are on the right way, you just need to improve your linux skills a bit and you are set.

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Certainly. You’re the pro, not I. But writing >
*> *
> restic -r /srv/restic-repo --verbose backup ~/work,, I am just applying Backing up — restic 0.13.1 documentation, and nothing else. I will sail in the beginning of june, I would like to have the RPi4 operating, fully. I received the first elements in november, and since I am on it, discovering pieces are lacking, then the need of directories and so on. Not so easy. But still on it. :hot_face: :hot_face: :hot_face:

The command in the tutorial is just an example that backups a directory called “Work” in your home directory (the ~ sign is short for your home directory).

So of course you should not use ~/Work if that’s not the directory you want to backup. Instead use the path where the data you want to backup resides in.

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If you say.
Personnaly, I just want to backup the whole system and datas, from a external disc to another one. Friends said “you’d better use a incremental backup, so try restic”. That what I am trying.

I’ve been back again to my friends Linux-pro in the town of Quimper. We managed to make a end to this. I’ve written down what to do, not to forget. In french, sorry.

restic-r /media/pi/1108-1358/restic repo/ backup/home/pi

pour sauvegarder En fait : restic-r [localisation de la future sauvegarde, qui s'appelle]restic repo/ backup/[ce que l'on sauvegarde]

restic-r /media/pi/1108-1358/restic repo/ snapshots

Pour voir les diverses sauvegardes ou snapshots, COMPLEMENTAIRES car restic est

restic-r /[localisation des sauvegardes dans le dossier]/restic repo/ snapshots

Thanks again for your help.