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How do I install BackHub through the GitHub App Directory?

If you already have an active plan on GitHub Marketplace/BackHub basic or want to purchase an enterprise plan, you can install BackHub through the GitHub app directory.

To start installing BackHub:

  1. Choose the account you want to create backups for.
  2. Grant access and permissions as appropriate.

    Set access to GitHub repositories

    Access. BackHub creates backups for all repositories you grant access to. If you grant access to "All repositories" then backups for all current and future repositories will be automatically created. If you want to backup only select repositories, choose "Only select repositories" and enter the names of the repositories you want to backup.

    Permissions. BackHub requires read access to code. For backing up metadata and to manage access to backups, read access to administration, issues, members, metadata, pull requests, and repository projects is also required.

  3. Click "Install" to start installation.

    GitHub may ask for your password to confirm the installation.

    Start installation

To sign into BackHub:

After the installation of BackHub for your account is complete, you verify your identity on GitHub with your personal GitHub user. This allows for login on and management of your installations.

  1. Click on "Authorize backhub".

    You are redirected to

    Authorize BackHub and verify your identity on GitHub

To create backups for your GitHub repositories:

On an initial dialog displays with the number of repositories you granted access to, and the account for which you have installed BackHub.

  1. To start creating backups, click "Create backups".

    Create backups

    A list of all backups displays. Backups are marked either in grey with the status "… pending" or already "… in progress" with a yellow border. Depending on the size and number of your repositories, creating the backups can take between a couple of minutes or up to a few hours.

    Pending backups

    Once the backups are successfully created, a timestamp with a green border displays.

  2. Return to this page later if you want to check the status of your backups.

    Example of a successful GitHub repository backup