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Install on Windows

Vorta was built using Qt, which could also run on Windows. Unfortunately the underlying Borg Backup we use is currently not officially available on Windows, though work is in progress.

Until then users had good success running Vorta and Borg via Windows’ Linux Subsystem (WSL). Nathaniel and Christer have confirmed and shared the following instructions:

  1. In the powershell Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux (reboot). Or see here on how to install Ubuntu without powershell.
  2. Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName VirtualMachinePlatform (reboot) wsl –set-default-version 2
  3. Invoke-WebRequest -Uri https://aka.ms/wsl-debian-gnulinux -OutFile Debian.appx -UseBasicParsing Add-AppxPackage .\Debian.appx
  4. Remove-Item Debian.appx
  5. You now have a working Debian (or Ubuntu) install.
  6. Then create a backup script from within WSL, and schedule it with Windows Task Scheduler: Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler, Add Basic Task with command line C:\Windows\System32\bash.exe -c <path_to_script_as_seen_within_Debian