I have done a package search and searched the forums to no avail.

Is Clonezilla in any openSUSE repository?


Since it seems to be an iso download, used to make CD or DVD, you would just download it from their recommended web site and use k3b to built the disk: Clonezilla - Browse /clonezilla_live_stable/2.1.1-25 at

They seem to be based on Ubunto or Debian. I think someone would need to download the source and create a openSUSE version in OBS for us to have a version, but its not really required to use the program.

Thank You,

Thanks, it’s not in Open Build either.

Would it be worth it to package for openSUSE?

Well I would not try to do it myself, but if there was someone who really wanting to do so, I am sure it would be appreciated by many openSUSE users. It comes down to just how usable are the existing bootable iso versions for use with an openSUSE loaded hard drive and can a customized openSUSE version provide a product that works any better for us?

Thank You,

No, IMHO, although the sources are available.

But it is meant to be used from a LiveCD, since it directly copys disk blocks AFAIUI. That would not really work on the running system (at least for mounted partitions), since they change all the time. So no sense in creating a package for openSUSE (or any other distribution for that matter)

One could create a CloneZilla LiveCD based on openSUSE though, but I doubt that’s worth the effort…

Oh and to support my statement: (from Clonezilla - About)


  • The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.

  • Differential/incremental backup is not implemented yet.

  • Online imaging/cloning is not implemented yet. The partition to be imaged or cloned has to be unmounted.

  • Software RAID/fake RAID/firmware RAID is not supported by default. It’s can be done manually only.

  • Due to the image format limitation, the image can not be explored or mounted. You can NOT recovery single file from the image. However, you still have workaround to make it, read this.

  • Recovery Clonezilla live with multiple CDs or DVDs is not implemented yet. Now all the files have to be in one CD or DVD if you choose to create the recovery iso file.

I just had a look at the “sources”, but they are just some scripts to create a LiveCD based on debian. There is no “Clonezilla” application you could package on OBS for openSUSE…

So one could create something similar based on openSUSE, but there already is the Rescue LiveCD…

Why Clonezilla? For example, to make ext4 partition backups copying only used blocks? I gave Clonezilla a miss for that, and someone posted that its GUI wasn’t up to much. Instead I used the Partclone backup utility which is also available on SystenRescueCd with lots of other good rescue and recovery tools. You will find it there, e.g. /usr/sbin/partclone.extfs.

And, the Clonezilla LiveCD just uses “partclone” as well, anyway:

  • Based on Partclone (default), Partimage (optional), ntfsclone (optional), or dd to image or clone a partition. However, Clonezilla, containing some other programs, can save and restore not only partitions, but also a whole disk.

(from the clonezilla homepage)

I know, that’s why I used it and suggested it. :slight_smile:

The Partimage utility doesn’t do the modern file systems, whereas Partclone will since it uses existing filesystem libraries.

Yes, I only wanted to point that out for others…:wink:

And another thing, since the original question was if clonezilla is available in any openSUSE repository:
Partclone is available on OBS: :wink:

Useful download for anyone multi-booting, to avoid running system without using liveCD. However, SystemRescueCd has a later version of partclone integrated right now.

OBS description doesn’t show the full list of supported filetypes. For that. see here at Partclone - About

Thanks again for the info, I had used Parted Magic in the past and wanted to see if there was an openSUSE derivative with similar capabilities.

And with research, I realized Clonezilla is just an organizer for regular software instead of a separate app.

One annoyance with Clonezilla is that you can’t select the target for the backup down several layers of directories - I use ‘ReDo’ (another free to use rescue disk) which can do this, and is a lot speedier as a result.