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4 Methods to Install Acronis Agent on Linux

Acronis Agent or Acronis Offsite backup service provides solutions for Cloud computing, backup, and restoration. The software utilizes a centralized dashboard to control backup and restorations. And these processes can be disk and file levels.

Enabling Acronis Offsite backup for a cloud server includes the installation of the Acronis Backup Agent. In the following article, we will showcase the installation of Acronis Agent on Linux, Linux VM, and Linux CS.

What is Acronis Agent?

Acronis is a software firm that offers a data protection program that serves as an independent company other than the parent organization, Parallels. Acronis became independent in 2003 and was incorporated in Switzerland in 2008.

Acronis Agent

The firm offers data backup, recovery, and file sync and share tools across virtual, cloud, and hardware-based OS. Its on-premise and cloud backup & recovery software products have a good reputation in the market. These products are not only user-friendly but also stable and innovative.

Furthermore, the software ensures minimum burden on the CPU and its memory. Also, it is highly versatile, as it can get written for storage arrays, clouds, and even tapes. Hence, allowing the admin to have greeted freedom and flexibility.


The user needs to ensure the following before proceeding with the installation.

  • First, Acronis Agent should be installed according to the machine or system it will run on.
  • User should ensure at least 2 GB of free hard disk space.
  • Finally, users need a working internet connection.

Method 1. Installing Acronis Agent on Linux CS (Cloud Servers)

The following steps will ensure the installation on a Linux based cloud server.

Step 1. First, users should start the Command Terminal using Ctrl + Alt + T.

Step 2. Then, you are required to update the kernel to ensure compatibility with the latest Acronis agent.

For those using CentOS/Redhat should run the following command:

sudo yum update kernel

For those using Ubuntu/Debian should enter the command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Step 3. Now, install GCC and MAKE on the server. Although these are pre-installed on CentOS/Redhat, Ubuntu and Debian users have to manually install them using the command:

sudo apt install gcc
sudo apt install make
sudo apt install make-guile

Step 4. After that, start the Acronis Agent installation process by visiting the ACPC (Acronis Cyber Protect Console) and logging in at the website: https://sg-cloud.acronis.com

Note – Users get the login credentials at the time of purchase, in their emails.

Step 5. Then, click on Add Devices.

Step 6. After that, click on Servers and select Linux.

Step 7. Here, the Acronis Agent binary file will start downloading. Copy the download link and then download the file inside the server.

sudo wget https://sg-cloud.acronis.com/download/u/baas/4.0/12.5.23140/Cyber_Protection_Agent_for_Linux_x86_64.bin

Step 8. After that, make the binary file executable.

sudo chmod +x Cyber_Protection_Agent_for_Linux_x86_64.bin

Step 9. Now, run the installer file.

sudo ./Cyber_Protection_Agent_for_Linux_x86_64.bin

Step 10. This will initiate the Acronis Agent setup

Step 11. Then go to the Component Selection and select Agent for Linux.

Step 12. Now, click on Next.

Step 13. After the installation, users are required to register the machine. Then, click on the Register the Machine button.

Step 14. After that, click on the Show Registration Info button and note down the Registration code. 

Step 15. Then click on the Registration Link in a browser.

Step 16. Now login to Acronis and enter the Registration Code.

Step 17. The installation is complete.

Method 2. Installing Protection Agent on Linux

These are the steps to install Acronis Protection Agent on Linux.

Step 1. First, ensure that your system has a working internet connection.

Step 2. Then navigate to the directory with the installation file, make it executable and finally run it.

sudo chmod +x <installation file name>
sudo ./<installation file name>

Step 3. Now, select the checkboxes for the agents you want to install. 

Step 4. Then, click on Show Registration Info. Users will find the registration link and code. The code is valid for 1 hour.

Step 5. Click on All devices and then Add.

Step 6. After scrolling down, click on Register. Then enter the code.

Step 7. After finishing the installation, restart the system.

Step 8. During system restart, opt for MOK Management (Machine Owner Key).

Step 9. Then choose Enroll and then enroll the key using the password recommended in the earlier steps.

Method 3. Install Acronis Backup 12.5 on a Linux VM (Virtual Machine)

The steps are applicable for those running Acronis Backup on a Linux VM. 

Step 1. First, login to your VM.

Users need to open an SSH Client using either Terminal on macOS or Putty on Windows.

Enter the following command to login:

ssh username@IP-address

Note – You are required to substitute username and IP with your VM’s username and IP address.

Step 2. Now, switch to the main root user for total access.

sudo –i

Step 3. After that, make sure all required packages are in place. These include RPM, GCC, MAKE and PERL.

sudo apt-get install rpm
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r` 
sudo apt-get install linux-image-`uname -r` 
sudo apt-get install gcc-<package version> 
sudo apt-get install make 
sudo apt-get install perl

Step 4. Now install the Acronis client.

sudo wget https://download.acronis.com/ABA12/Beta/Backup_Agent_for_Linux_x86_64_Beta.bin

Step 5. Then, make the file executable.

sudo chmod +x Backup_Agent_for_Linux_x86_64_Beta.bin

Step 6. After that, run the installer.

sudo ./Backup_Agent_for_Linux_x86_64_Beta.bin

Step 7. Click on Next.

Step 8. Select only Backup Agent. Then again, hit Next.

Step 9. Now configure the backup for the VM.

Method 4. Using Acronis Customer Portal for installation

The following method will utilize the Acronis Customer Portal to facilitate installation on a Linux distro. Hence, the required steps are as follows:

Step 1. First, login to your ACP via the web address given here: https://sg-cloud.acronis.com/ui

Step 2. Then click on the ‘+’ Add button. You will find it in the top right side of the page.

Step 3. After that, click on Servers and select Linux.

Step 4. Now, using FTP/SFTP, upload the Agent on a Linux device and make it executable. The required command is:


Step 5. Login to your Linux as a root user with admin rights.

Step 6. Lastly, you will be required to choose an Agent. Select one for Linux and register your machine.

Note: The registration process is the same as mentioned previously.

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