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My Essential Backup Script

16th September 2020

On my main computer, there are essentially three things that change regularly and aren’t backed up to a could service regularly. These three things are notes, browser bookmarks, and keys/passwords. To be able to back up these to external servers without the hassle, I wrote a Bash script a while back that allows me to type backup anywhere in my terminals to quickly get an encrypted zip containing these files.

The following code can be placed in a file named backup inside of /usr/bin and once you have made sure your everyday user is set as the owner you are good-to-go. Typing backup should prompt you for an encryption key and following that you should have two backup files in your current directory. You should of course change the file paths as needed for you, the example is for my use of Joplin, Firefox, and Seahorse.

Some Final Notes


echo "Starting backup"

echo "Locating Firefox profile."

FIREFOX_PROFILE=$(find ~/.mozilla/firefox/ -maxdepth 1 -type d -name *.default | head -1)

echo "Firefox profile found at: ${FIREFOX_PROFILE}"


echo "Directories selected for backup:\n${BOOKMARKS}\n${KEYS}\n${SSH}\n${NOTES}"

echo "Zipping directories"
zip -r ${BOOKMARKS} ${KEYS} ${SSH} ${NOTES}

echo "Encrypting zip file"
gpg -c

echo "Done, remember to delete both files"

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