Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you create Oak Backup?

I searched for years for a backup tool on Linux desktop that I could trust, but I didn't find any. They were either complex, unreliable, bloated or stored backups in a custom format.

So as a professional software developer with a decade of experience, and a Linux user for more than that, I created Oak Backup to address all of these issues. Oak Backup is simple, reliable, lightweight and stores backups in plain files.

Why is it important to store backups in plain files?

First, to allow you to restore your backups forever, as you won't depend on any custom tools to restore your backups. You can restore your backups anytime with the UI or tools provided by your cloud provider.

Second, to reduce the risk of data corruption The last thing you want to know when you need to restore your backups is that your backup tool corrupted them. The simpler the backup format, the less risk your backups can be corrupted.

How does Oak Backup support file versioning if backups are stored in plain files?

Every cloud provider supported by Oak Backup has a built-in file versioning system. So, to recover a deleted file or an older version of a file, you can simply use the UI or tools provided by your cloud provider, and with which you are already familiar with.

Can I restore my backups if I don't renew my Oak Backup license?

Absolutely, you can restore your backups from your cloud provider.

What cloud storages are supported?

Oak Backup currently supports Amazon S3, but more will be supported soon.

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