How to backup iPhone on Linux?

How to backup iPhone on Linux? Not using iTunes or Windows.

You can backup iPhone using libimobiledevice. By the time I replied here, it supports up to iOS 7.

Please check this post for a tutorial. Actually, the methods introduced can be used on Linux systems with the libimobiledevice installed.

Backup iPhone:

idevicebackup2 backup ~/iPhoneBackups/

Unpack the backup files:

idevicebackup2 unback ~/iPhoneBackups/

Eric Ma

Eric is a systems guy. Eric is interested in building high-performance and scalable distributed systems and related technologies. The views or opinions expressed here are solely Eric's own and do not necessarily represent those of any third parties.


  1. Installed from software centre – no joy

    In terminal

    >sudo apt install libimobiledevice-utils

    made directory iphonebackups in home folder

    >idevicebackup2 backup ~/iphonebackups/

    perfect backup


  2. is there a manual about libimobiledevice?
    I followed the tutorial form your link. Unback does not work because the backup is encrypted. Asking for a password but I never created a password.
    Alos, how do I restore it or how do I use it to setup a new iphone?
    i\s there any way to find all that out?

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