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BORG-KEY-EXPORT(1) borg backup tool BORG-KEY-EXPORT(1)


borg-key-export - Export the repository key for backup


borg [common options] key export [options] [REPOSITORY] [PATH]


If repository encryption is used, the repository is inaccessible without the key. This command allows to backup this essential key. Note that the backup produced does not include the passphrase itself (i.e. the exported key stays encrypted). In order to regain access to a repository, one needs both the exported key and the original passphrase.

There are two backup formats. The normal backup format is suitable for digital storage as a file. The --paper backup format is optimized for printing and typing in while importing, with per line checks to reduce problems with manual input.

For repositories using keyfile encryption the key is saved locally on the system that is capable of doing backups. To guard against loss of this key, the key needs to be backed up independently of the main data backup.

For repositories using the repokey encryption the key is saved in the repository in the config file. A backup is thus not strictly needed, but guards against the repository becoming inaccessible if the file is damaged for some reason.


See borg-common(1) for common options of Borg commands.



where to store the backup

optional arguments

Create an export suitable for printing and later type-in
Create an html file suitable for printing and later type-in or qr scan


borg-common(1), borg-key-import(1)


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