Installation parameters on GNU/Linux

When installing the Backup Manager on GNU/Linux devices, the command used to install and is made up of the initial command to run, and several required and optional parameters to set credentials and access.

For the full instructions, please see Alternative installation of Backup Manager for GNU/Linux

Please find below the parameters to use during the Backup Manager installation on GNU/Linux systems.

Required parameters

If you do not supply these parameters in the command used to run the installer, you will be prompted to supply these one at a time until all are complete before the installation will run:

Parameter Definition
--user The name of your backup device (issued by your service provider)
--password Your installation key for the backup device (issued by your service provider)
--encryption-method (legacy)

This setting lets you customize the data encryption method. From the 17.5 release onwards, AES-256 has become the common encryption method for all installations.

All previous installations retain their original encryption method selections.


Set an Encryption Key/Security Code that will be used to encrypt your data. It can be any word or sentence of your choice. Using this, you can encrypt your files with a strong encryption algorithm, thus keeping your private data protected from unauthorized access.

You must keep a note of the Encryption Key/Security Code yourself as this is NOT stored anywhere within our system and will be required to carry out several key tasks, such as recovering data, moving an backup to a different device, etc.


This setting prompts the Backup Manager to connect to the Internet through a proxy server.

Supported values:

  • true - use a proxy connection
  • false - do not use a proxy connection (Default)

Optional parameters

These parameters are optional extras which can be used within the command to provide additional configuration to your system:

Parameter Definition
--proxy-type The type of the proxy server: HTTP, SOCKS4, or SOCKS5
--proxy-address The host name or IP address of the proxy server
--proxy-port The port you access the proxy server through
--use-proxy-authorization Defines if the proxy server requires authorization by username: true or false.
--proxy-username Your username for proxy access
--proxy-password Your password for proxy access
-h, --help Gives access to help resources. This is an internal parameter of the RUN package (does not require -- after the command name). Sample usage: ./ -h or ./ --help