|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 one 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 three 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. The --qr-html creates a printable HTML template with a QR code and a copy of the --paper-formatted key.
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.
borg key export /path/to/repo > encrypted-key-backup borg key export --paper /path/to/repo > encrypted-key-backup.txt borg key export --qr-html /path/to/repo > encrypted-key-backup.html # Or pass the output file as an argument instead of redirecting stdout: borg key export /path/to/repo encrypted-key-backup borg key export --paper /path/to/repo encrypted-key-backup.txt borg key export --qr-html /path/to/repo encrypted-key-backup.html
See borg-common(1) for common options of Borg commands.
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