Frequently Asked Questions

Why the name “Vorta”?

Vorta are a race referenced in Star Trek. After dying they are replaced by their cloned backup. Just like your data.

Can I use Vorta on Windows?

Borg, the underlying library we use doesn’t work directly with Windows, but works on Windows 10 WSL 1 and 2. See this Github issue for details.

Vorta is based on Qt, which also works on Windows. Get in touch if you have a working setup on Windows.

Can I migrate my profiles and settings to a new installation of Vorta?

Yes. You can find your settings in:

  • ~/.var/app/com.borgbase.Vorta/data/Vorta/settings.db if you use flatpak
  • ~/.local/share/Vorta/settings.db if you use pip

Copy that file to the same location on the new installtion.

We are working on a way to do this via the GUI – check this GitHub issue for details.

My file/folder dialog looks different than other Linux programs.

If your file/folder dialog looks like the picture above then you need to install qt5-styleplugins, and set QT_STYLE_OVERRIDE to gtk2. See the Arch wiki for more

Something doesn’t work. Where can I get help?

For general questions or to simply talk about Vorta, hit us up at Matrix

If you have found a bug or miss a feature, look into the existing Github issues or open a new one.

If your questions are Borg-specific, join the #borgbackup IRC channel on instead. Matrix is very suitable to be used as an always-on IRC-client, simply register/identify to NickServ and then join the room