How to Do Incremental Backup with SnapShooter


Simon Bennett 10th August 2021

Regularly backing up the system data is an essential part of any system administrator. Setting up and managing all backup manually is a very difficult task for any system administrator. SnapShooter offers a web-based dashboard to take daily and hourly incremental backups of your server file and directory. SnapShooter makes it easy to schedule frequent backups for your servers, websites and databases. It also allows you to view and download your backup and restore it when you want by just clicking a button.

"Snapshooter is a must-have tool for incremental backups. It has many backup options and works with every major cloud provider" Kevin Sahin -

In this post, we will show you how to do incremental tar backups with snapshooter

Sign Up on SnapShooter

First, go to the SnapShooter website and register for their 14-day free trial. A trial period will allow you to back up one server for free forever.

After registering, log into the SnapShooter dashboard as shown below.

SnapShooter Dashboard

When you logging into your dashboard first time, you’ll need to create a team. Provide your team name and click on Create Team.

After creating your team, you can invite other members to your team and manage your billing settings.

Create Your First Incremental Backup with SnapShooter

First, you will need to create an incremental backup job from the SnapShooter dashboard.

Create Backup Job

Scroll down on the dashboard and click on Incremental File. You should see several options for backup.

Backup Option

Click on Server File to create server file incremental backup job.

Define Backup Name

Provide your backup name and click on Continue. You should see the following screen.

Add Server

Here, you will need to add your server to the SnapShooter. To do so, copy the code shown in the above dashboard then login to your server and past it as shown below:

curl -sSL "

You should get the following output:

token=eyJpdiI6IlZ0Tnd5YlQvWVNxdsInZhb1JyTEJTUT09IiwibWFjIjoiZjU1M  zMwZmE1MGQwmZGMyNTE1MzhkODIzMDVlOWUxOWUxMjM3MWE5OTJmYyJ9&key=5106" |    bash
Welcome to SnapShooter Server Setup
Environment Detected: OS: linux, OS Type: amd64
Installing SSH public key
Creating temp SSH key file
grep: /root/.ssh/authorized_keys: No such file or directory
cp: cannot stat '/root/.ssh/authorized_keys': No such file or directory
Creating authorized_keys backup /root/.ssh/authorized_keys.bak-1625548173
Key Installed /root/.ssh/authorized_keys
Removing temp SSH key file
Scanning SSH config
Checking 22
matched (22)
SSH test confirmed, Server Added to SnapShooter ...

Now, go back to the SnapShooter dashboard. You should see your added server in the following screen.

Display Added Server

Click on the Next button. You should see the backup configuration page.

Backup Configuration

Here, type the path of the directory that you want to backup, define compression level and click on Test button. If the test is successful. You should see the following screen:

Test Backup

Now, click on the Save and Next button. You should see the Storage selection screen:

Select Storage

Here, you will need to choose the storage server that you want to use for backup. Click on Use SnapShooter Storage. You should see the following screen:

Select Storage Region

Select your Storage region and click on Create Bucket button. You should see the following screen:

Create Bucket

Click on Set Storage button. You should see the backup schedule configuration screen:

Backup Schedule Page

Define your backup schedule, set your retention policy and click on Set Schedule and Finish button. You should see the preview of your backup configuration in the following screen:

Preview Backup Configuration

Now, click on Backup Now button to run your first backup. Once the backup has been completed successfully, you should see the following screen:

Backup Success

From here, you can download your backup to your local system and also restore it to the server.

How to Restore a Backup with SnapShooter

The main reason for backups is to keep your files safe in case of data loss or unfavourable change. SnapShooter provides an easier way to restore your backup to the server.

To restore any specific backup, go to your server dashboard as shown below:

Server Dashboard

Next, find the backup that you want to restore and click on Manage button. You should see the following screen:

Restore Backup

Click on the Restore button to restore your backup to the server. Once the restoration process has been completed successfully, you should see the following screen.

Restore Success

Once restored, you can find the original version of your files copied to the server.


In the above guide, you learned how to do an incremental backup with SnapShooter. In addition to supports file-level backups to any S3 compliant object storage, SnapShooter is also able to operate native backup solutions across a number of cloud providers.

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