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AutoArchive is a simple utility to help create backups more easily. The idea of the program is that all essential information for creating a single backup—such as list of directories that should be archived, the archive name, etc.—is stored in a single file – the archive specification file. It can use ‘tar’ for creating archives, it has a command line interface and supports incremental backups.

Screenshot of AutoArchive command-line session.

Download and Install


Download the latest version by clicking on the link below.

Download the stable version by clicking on the link below.

For installation from sources please read the instructions included in the package.


If you have pip installed then following command will download and install AutoArchive:

pip install autoarchive


Gentoo Linux users can use an overlay to install AutoArchive. Layman and Mercurial are required for following steps (emerge layman mercurial).

To add the overlay run as root:

layman --overlays= --fetch --add=autoarchive

Then you can install AutoArchive with:

emerge autoarchive

Docker image

The latest version is also available as Docker image openhs/autoarchive. Refer to the image home page at Docker Hub on how to use the image.


User and developer documentation for the latest version of AutoArchive is accessible via links below.

Latest sources access

AutoArchive development sources are accessible via Mercurial repository at

To download development sources using Mercurial you can type:

hg clone autoarchive-autoarchive


For access the bug tracker and donation system visit the project page.