Build a Raspberry Pi-based backup device

Final Word

I've described two ways to transform a Raspberry Pi into a backup device. With some creative thinking and hacking, you can easily tweak and improve the described recipes, for example, by writing a script that processes the transferred photos and publishes them on the web. Also, you can configure Raspberry Pi to send email notification when the backup operation has completed. All code and files mentioned in this article ares available on GitHub [3].


  1. gPhoto2:
  2. gphoto2-updater Bash shell script:
  3. Code and files from the article:

The Author

Dmitri Popov has been writing exclusively about Linux and open source software for many years, and his articles have appeared in Danish, British, US, German, Spanish, and Russian magazines and websites. Dmitri is an amateur photographer, and he writes about open source photography tools on his Scribbles and Snaps blog at

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