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  • Start from a root shell, such as from: sudo -i
  • Accept the default choices when the installer prompts.
  • At first launch, use "New Account" and sign in with your MIT Kerberos username and password.

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Go to the CrashPlan download page on the IS&T Software Grid (Certificates required.)
    Special: during IS&T testing, download from
    Result: The file containing the CrashPlan installer downloads as "CrashPlanPROe_Linux.tgz".
  2. Using a terminal window, extract the files from the .tgz file. We recommend putting the .tgz and the extracted files into a folder that root can read, such as /tmp:
    user@computer$ mv CrashPlanPROe_Linux.tgz /tmp
    user@computer$ cd /tmp
    user@computer$ tar zxf CrashPlanPROe_Linux.tgz

    Result: The CrashPlanPROe_Linux.tgz archive is expanded and creates a new folder named CrashPlanPROe-install

  3. cd into the CrashPlanPROe-install folder
    user@computer$ cd CrashPlanPROe-install

    The folder has README and INSTALL files, and and scripts.

  4. Start a root shell. From the root shell, launch ./
    user@computer$ sudo -i
    [sudo] password for user: 
    root@computer# ./
    Welcome to the CrashPlan Installer.
    Press *enter* to continue with installation. 

    Note: "sudo" does not work, you must use "sudo -i" and then "./"

  5. You will be asked to respond to more prompts in the terminal. There is a license agreement, followed by questions about what directories to install files into.
    After you answer the last question, the installer will summarize your answers and ask you to confirm installation:
    Your selections:
    CrashPlan will install to: /usr/local/crashplan
    And put links to binaries in: /usr/local/bin
    And store datas in: /usr/local/var/crashplan
    Your init.d dir is: /etc/init.d
    Your current runlevel directory is: /etc/rc2.d
    Is this correct? (y/n) [y] 
  6. Press Enter to confirm and install the files. Result:
    CrashPlan has been installed and the Service has been started automatically.
    Press *Enter* to complete installation. 

    The installer normally launches the CrashPlan Desktop UI automatically, but you can launch it by hand with /usr/local/bin/CrashPlanDesktop

  7. The CrashPlan Desktop program will open, and show a window that says Create your account
    1. If this is your first time using CrashPlan for an MIT computer, choose New Account, and enter your Kerberos Username and Kerberos Password in the boxes, and click Create Account.
    2. If you have used CrashPlan on other MIT computers, choose Existing Account, and enter your Kerberos Username and Kerberos Password in the boxes, and click Sign In.

      Note: If you are asked for a server address or certificate, see
      Result: After setup checks your password, your computer is registered for backup, and CrashPlan begins to back up your computer. You are done.

Note: If you have many large files, first time backup may take a few days.

More Information

For additional information about CrashPlan, you can visit

If you have questions, contact the IS&T Help Desk.

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Last Modified:

June 22, 2016

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