Timeshift v18.1

Timeshift v18.1 is now available.

What’s New

Snapshot Location

  • Messages were added below device list to answer some common questions that users have when using the application.
  • Columns were added for displaying Partition Name and File system Label
  • Partition-less disks formatted with Linux file systems will also be displayed in the list.

Snapshot Levels

  • Messages were added to answer some common questions that users have when using the application.
  • The number of snapshots to keep for each level will be enabled even if the snapshot level is not selected. Un-selecting the levels only disables automatic snapshots for that level. The count is still relevant since users can create snapshots manually for each level.

User Home Directory

Options for excluding/including user’s home directory contents have been improved. There are now radio buttons for selecting between 3 options: Exclude All, Include All, and Include Hidden

Exclude All is the default choice for all users unless changed by user.

Include All includes everything in users’ home directory

Include Hidden only includes hidden files and folders in home. This option is not available if user’s home directory is encrypted.

Selecting between these 3 options adds entries to the Filters list in Settings window.

Other Changes

  • /var/lib/schroot will be excluded by default to prevent an issue with the snapshot never completing.
  • /DATA and /sdcard will be excluded by default, as some users mount devices at these locations
  • Added a check for “notify-send” before sending a desktop notification. “notify-send” is not available on some systems.
  • About window was updated to include the GPL license text. Web links will open web browser as non-admin user.
  • Excluded paths/devices will not be mounted during restore


Ubuntu-based distributions (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc)

Packages are available in Launchpad PPA for supported Ubuntu releases. Run following commands in a terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install timeshift

Installers are available on the Releases page for older Ubuntu releases which have reached end-of-life.

Other Linux Distributions

Installers are available on the Releases page. Run following commands in a terminal window:

# 64-bit
sudo chmod a+x ./timeshift*amd64.run
sudo sh timeshift*amd64.run
# 32-bit
sudo chmod a+x ./timeshift*i386.run
sudo sh timeshift*i386.run


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