I want to backup all my installed applications so that I can use them in fresh installation of Ubuntu (12.04 as of now) later. APTonCD only picks up .deb ( at /var/cache/apt/archives) but I have installed packages by downloading from the internet. What I want to backup all my applications and configurations so that I do not have to go through the hurdle again.

This and this are useful but I guess solution to my problem is simpler than this.

Why can't I backup all everything within the root (/) and then when ubuntu is installed fresh just copy all the files to the new / and then do sudo apt-get update and update grub and etc/fstab? Please help this newbie to understand this.

  • Have you compiled/installed any packages from source that are not in the repositories?
    – jmunsch
    Dec 16, 2013 at 16:49
  • Yes. I could not found texstudio in /var/cache/apt/archives although its there and I use it
    – Stat-R
    Dec 16, 2013 at 17:25

1 Answer 1


Try Aptik.

To install it:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install aptik 
  • Will look at it...
    – Stat-R
    Feb 14, 2014 at 22:06

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