Bareos (Backup Archiving Recovery Open Sourced) is a backup solution, its a fork of the better known Bacula. At work we use a commercial package called retrospect, it has proven itself in many situations, never the less, its good to look out what free and open-source alternatives are out there. Bareos caught my eye in particular, cause they seem very active in the FOSS community (see fosdem 2017), always a good sign.

Bareos has a huge documentation, sadly not everything is up-to-date or easy to understand for beginners like myself. The 500+ page manual is also not something you browse through quickly. That’s why I will post my guide(s) here, not cause the documentation is incomplete or perhaps not up-to-date. But to fellow sysadmin’s looking for a quick run at bareos without having to read through all the documentation. Like any open-source project, the more people who are involved the better the chance a project can survive on the long term.

Installation on Centos 7 is a blast. However due to the many moving parts, its good to keep your head in the game.

First start with adding the epel repository :

yum install epel-release

Follow by adding the official bareos repo : (you could also copy-paste this link)

wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/bareos.repo

You are now ready to install the packages, I chose for mariadb as I am most familiar with it :

yum install bareos bareos-database-mysql bareos-webui mariadb-server

Next we need to setup mariadb and setup auto-login for root.  Let’s start mariadb, and configure it to start at boot :

systemctl enable mariadb
systemctl start mariadb

next run the mysql_secure_install script provided :


next create a file :

nano ~/.my.cnf

with content : (change PASSWORD)


Then we can install bareos schema using the provided MySQL scripts :


This should result in something like :

[root@server ~]# /usr/lib/bareos/scripts/create_bareos_database
Creating mysql database
Creating of bareos database succeeded.
[root@server ~]# /usr/lib/bareos/scripts/make_bareos_tables
Making mysql tables
Creation of Bareos MySQL tables succeeded.
[root@server ~]# /usr/lib/bareos/scripts/grant_bareos_privileges
Granting mysql tables
Privileges for user bareos granted ON database bareos.

Now we are ready to start the services; since we installed the webui its good to start httpd as well, in case it was already running, reload/restart it.

systemctl start bareos-dir
systemctl start bareos-sd
systemctl start bareos-fd
systemctl start httpd

The web-bareos-gui should already be available now under http://ip/bareos-webui/ the configuration for that can be found in /etc/httpd/conf.d/bareos-webui.conf

In my case, I had to let selinux security know that it could connect :

setsebool -P httpd_can_network_connect on

The web interface looks like :

web login of bareos


What login you ask, ah, we have not yet created it so let’s go ahead and create a new user. Start the bareos-console :


add user

configure add console name=admin password=password123 profile=webui-admin

And that’s it! After logging in on the web interface you will see something like :


Next we will add our first client and create a job for it to run on regular base.

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