This is a quick tip on how to setup automatic backups for your personal files using Dropbox. Just configure Ubuntu to create backups every few days of your documents, photos and so on, save them on your Dropbox account and forget about it. Maybe you won’t even need them but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Thanks to Dropbox’s Nautilus integration, this is a pretty easy process, just follow a few steps and you’re ready to go.

First, go to Ubuntu Software center and install Dropbox

Backup Ubuntu 14.04 files to Dropbox

Fire-up Dropbox, configure your account (username and password) and install it

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At this point, you should have a new directory called ‘Dropbox’ in your Home. Browse to it and create a subdirectory called ‘backup’

Backup Ubuntu 14.04 files to Dropbox

Now go to System Settings / Backups and select the folders to save, folders to ignore, set the backup schedule (daily/weekly) and make sure the storage location is set to Dropbox/backup

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Switch the backup ON and click on Back Up Now button

Backup Ubuntu 14.04 files to Dropbox

That’s about it. If something bad ever happens, you can revert the contents of a directory or the changes made to a file by right-clicking it and select ‘Revert to previous version’.

Backup Ubuntu 14.04 files to Dropbox

Backup your personal files – Ubuntu 14.04 and DropBox
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