Get files from password protected snapshot?

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have read a lot of threads, but found not way(((
I do not need to restore it, just need to have some files from it.

Thanks a lot!

I understand your position, but must say why password protect your snapshot ?
Just because the facility is there does not mean you have to use it.
I’d be interested in your usage case.

Regardless the snapshot is basically just a tar file, open it in say 7zip or similar supplying the password you used to create it.
I’ve never done this myself so I’m just guessing.
Let us know how you got on

Because i upload them to unlimited shared goodle drive

Just guess do not work in this case

Okay, worth a try, maybe a dev will drop by and point you in the right direction.
Though perhaps @petro might know, he’s good at remembering obscure details the rest of us mere mortals forget :wink:

If you have a spare pi, you could always restore the snapshot to that and then pick the files you need.

Going forward, I think your be best to exclude (say) zones and secrets as they shouldn’t change much and store the rest in clear though the gui may store stuff you wouldn’t want to share.
Again Petro is probably best placed to advise.
Good luck

They are zip files. Unzip them on windows using a software package that understands .tar files (linux zip files). Unzip, extract files and go.

But which software? Winrar and winzip gives me error (((
I can extract them on raspberry, but which command should i use?

Thanks a lot!

tar -zxvf file_name.tar.gz

This sounds like a corrupted file then, WinRar can open tar.gz files just fine normally.

Sure that also with password protection?

sounds obvious, but, do you know the password to open the file?

yes, i know!

Yes, but I did some research now and the tar.gz files you see, they look like tar.gz archive files, but they are not see this post here and in the same topic someone posted a python script to decrypt them.

It looks like they are not when you encrypt them with a password, see above.

Doesn’t work as they are not gzip files, see above.

So it seems there’s no “easy” way to extract any files when you password protect the backup, only by using the python script.

when you execute:

file some_backup_file.tar.gz

you’ll see that they are of type “data” and not gzip/archive.

It is the question and problem that i try to solve.
Dissapointing, that i have backup and password and can not use it (((

You can use the backup and restore it, you can just not easily extract single files.
But you can do it with the python script that I linked to.

Here’s how you can do it on the Pi:

In the folder where the .tar (not the extracted .tar.gz files) file is, create a new file


Paste the following:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

import sys
import getopt
import hashlib
import tarfile
import glob
import os
import shutil

from pathlib import Path

from cryptography.hazmat.backends import default_backend
from cryptography.hazmat.primitives.ciphers import (

def _password_to_key(password):
    password = password.encode()
    for _ in range(100):
        password = hashlib.sha256(password).digest()
    return password[:16]

def _generate_iv(key, salt):
    temp_iv = key + salt
    for _ in range(100):
        temp_iv = hashlib.sha256(temp_iv).digest()
    return temp_iv[:16]

class SecureTarFile:
    def __init__(self, filename, password):
        self._file = None
        self._name = Path(filename)

        self._tar = None
        self._tar_mode = "r|gz"

        self._aes = None
        self._key = _password_to_key(password)

        self._decrypt = None

    def __enter__(self):
        self._file ="rb")

        cbc_rand =

        self._aes = Cipher(
            modes.CBC(_generate_iv(self._key, cbc_rand)),

        self._decrypt = self._aes.decryptor()

        self._tar =, mode=self._tar_mode)
        return self._tar

    def __exit__(self, exc_type, exc_value, traceback):
        if self._tar:
        if self._file:

    def read(self, size = 0):
        return self._decrypt.update(

    def path(self):
        return self._name

    def size(self):
        if not self._name.is_file():
            return 0
        return round(self._name.stat().st_size / 1_048_576, 2)  # calc mbyte

def _extract_tar(filename):
    _dirname = '.'.join(filename.split('.')[:-1])

    except FileNotFoundError:

    print(f'Extracting {filename}...')
    _tar  =, mode="r")

    return _dirname

def _extract_secure_tar(filename, password):
    _dirname = '.'.join(filename.split('.')[:-2])
    print(f'Extracting secure tar {filename.split("/")[-1]}...')
        with SecureTarFile(filename, password) as _tar:
    except tarfile.ReadError:
        print("Unable to extract SecureTar - maybe your password is wrong or the tar is not password encrypted?")

    return _dirname

def print_usage():
    print(f'{sys.argv[0]} -i <inputfile> -p <password>')

def main():
    _inputfile = None

        opts, args = getopt.getopt(sys.argv[1:],"hi:p:")
    except getopt.GetoptError:
    for opt, arg in opts:
        if opt == '-h':
        elif opt in ("-i"):
            _inputfile = arg
        elif opt in ("-p"):
            _password = arg

    if not _inputfile:
        print ("Missing inputfile")

    if not _password:
        print ("Missing password")

    _dirname = _extract_tar(_inputfile)
    for _secure_tar in glob.glob(f'{_dirname}/*.tar.gz'):
        _extract_secure_tar(_secure_tar, _password)


if __name__ == "__main__":

and save the file by pressing Ctrl + X and then type y and press enter.

Then execute the following command.

python3 -i name-of-your-file.tar -p yourpassword



Thanks a lot!!! Will try

Thanks @Burningstone, works great!

I am running the above command in the terminal/shell on my RPi, but it is producing a bash: python3: command not found error. Can anyone offer some advice on why python3 is not found and how to correct this?

Probably python3 is not installed on this system. Google is your friend on how to install python3