Get data from a bupstash repository.

bupstash get [OPTIONS] QUERY...


bupstash get fetches and decrypts data stored in a bupstash repository, sending it to stdout. If the requested item was saved as a directory, the command converts it into a tar stream.

The item that is fetched is chosen based on a simple query against the tags specified when saving data with bupstash put.


For full documentation on the query language, see bupstash-query-language.


The get command uses the same query caching mechanisms as bupstash-list, check that page for more information on the query cache.


When getting a directory as a tarball sparse files are not treated specially, to restore sparse files while preserving the file holes use bupstash restore instead.


-r, --repository REPO

The repository to connect to, , may be of the form ssh://$SERVER/$PATH for remote repositories if ssh access is configured. If not specified, is set to BUPSTASH_REPOSITORY.

-k, --key KEY

Key that will be used to decrypt data and metadata. If not set, defaults to BUPSTASH_KEY.

--pick PATH

Fetch an individual file or sub-directory from a snapshot.

--query-cache PATH

Path to the query-cache file, defaults to one of the following, in order, provided the appropriate environment variables are set, $BUPSTASH_QUERY_CACHE, $XDG_CACHE_HOME/.cache/bupstash/bupstash.qcache or $HOME/.cache/bupstash/bupstash.qcache.


Display and search against timestamps in utc time instead of local time.


Suppress progress indicators (Progress indicators are also suppressed when stderr is not an interactive terminal).

-q, --quiet

Be quiet, implies --no-progress.



The repository to connect to. May be of the form ssh://$SERVER/$PATH for remote repositories if ssh access is configured.


A command to run to connect to an instance of bupstash-serve. This allows more complex connections to the repository for less common use cases.


Path to the key that will be used for decrypting data and metadata.


A command to run that must print the key data, can be used instead of BUPSTASH_KEY to fetch the key from arbitrary locations such as the network or other secret storage.


Path to the query cache file to use.


Get an item with a specific id

$ bupstash get id=14ebd2073b258b1f55c5bbc889c49db4 > ./data.file

Get an item by name and timestamp

$ bupstash get name=backup.tar and timestamp=2020/19/* > ./restore.tar

Get a file or sub-tar from a directory snapshot

$ bupstash get --pick=path/to/file.txt id=$id
$ bupstash get --pick=path/to/dir id=$id | tar ...

Get a tarball

The builtin directory put creates a tarball from a directory, so to extract it we use tar.

# Snapshot a directory.
$ id=$(bupstash put ./data)

# Fetch the contents of a snapshot and extract the contents with tar
$ mkdir restore
$ bupstash get id=$id | tar -C ./restore -xvf -


bupstash, bupstash-put, bupstash-list, bupstash-restore, bupstash-rm, bupstash-keyfiles, bupstash-query-language