How to install and use Clonezilla on Ubuntu 20.04

Clonezilla is a suite of open-source, disk cloning programs used for bare metal backup and recovery and also used during system deployment. Clonezilla server edition uses multicast technologies to deploy a single image file to a group of computers in a local area network.

In this tutorial guide, we are going to explore how to install and use Clonezilla on Ubuntu 20.04.

Types of Clonezilla

  • Clonezilla live. This is suitable for single machine backup and restore. It allows you to use the CD/DVD or USB flash drive to boot and run clonezilla
  • Clonezilla lite server. Suitable for massive deployments. Ity allows you to use clonezilla live to do massive clonnning.
  • Clonezilla SE (server edition). Suitable for massive deployments

Clonezilla only saves and restores only used blocks in the hard disk, therefore, increasing the clone efficiency.

Features of Clonezilla

  • It supports many File sytems such as ext2, ext3, eiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs, f2fs etc
  • It support both MBR and GPT partion formats of hard drive are supported.
  • One image restoring to multiple local devices are supported
  • Images are encrypted in the process
  • AES-256 encryption is used to secure data access, storage and transfer
  • Multicast is supported on Clonzilla SE which is suitable for massive clone.


  • X86 or X86-X64 processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • Boot devices
  • Ubuntu 20.04 server

Install Clonezilla in Ubuntu 20.04

1. Run sytem updates

First, run the update command to update package repositories in order to get the latest package information.

$ sudo apt update && apt upgrade -y

When updates are complete, you can now begin the installation.

2. Install Clonezilla

You can now run the installation program with the following command on your terminal. The program will install all the dependencies as needed by clonezilla.

$ sudo apt install clonezilla -y

Sample Output

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following additional packages will be installed:
  dialog drbl ipcalc mtools nilfs-tools partclone partimage pigz syslinux syslinux-common wakeonlan
Suggested packages:
  cifs-utils udpcast sshfs floppyd
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  clonezilla dialog drbl ipcalc mtools nilfs-tools partclone partimage pigz syslinux syslinux-common wakeonlan
0 upgraded, 12 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.

To begin using Clonezilla, type Clonezilla on your terminal.

$ clonezilla

You will get the following from your terminal.

Clonezilla interface
Clonezilla interface

If you choose device-image you will get the following:

Every 3.0s: ocs-scan-disk                                                       ubuntu: Mon Dec  6 08:22:33 2021

2021/12/06 08:22:33
You can insert storage device into this machine now if you want to use that, then wait for it to be detected.
Scanning devices... Available disk(s) on this machine:
Excluding busy partition or disk...
Update periodically. Press Ctrl-C to exit this window.


We have completed steps on how to install Clonezilla on Ubuntu 20.04. I hope you have learned something new in the process.

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