Currently there are no pre-built packages but you can easily install Benji with pip. Furthermore there are two Docker images which each contain a complete Benji installation. The benji image is the easiest and fastest way to test Benji but can also be used in production. See section Containerized Benji for more information about the images.

Ubuntu 16.04

This version of Ubuntu doesn’t have a current Python installation. But Python 3 can be installed via private repository:

apt-get update
apt-get install --no-install-recommends software-properties-common python-software-properties
add-apt-repository ppa:deadsnakes/ppa
apt-get update
apt-get --no-install-recommends python3.6 python3.6-venv python3.6-dev git gcc


For more information about this Personal Package Archive (PPA) please see


A recent version of Python 3 is included in the EPEL repository:

yum install -y epel-release
yum install -y python36-devel python36-pip python36-libs python36-setuptools

Fedora 27 and up

The distribution includes a supported version of Python 3. Make sure to install the latest available update.


The distribution includes a supported version of Python 3. Benji is also available through the official repositories of openSUSE Tumbleweed. For older, versioned releases of openSUSE you need to add the devel project:

zypper ar obs://Archiving:Backup ab-benji
zypper ref

Then you can install it via:

zypper in benji

Common to All Distributions

After installing a recent Python version, it is now time to install Benji and its dependencies:

# Create new virtual environment
python3.6 -m venv /usr/local/benji
# Activate it (your shell prompt should change)
. /usr/local/benji/bin/activate
# Alternative A: Install a specific released version from PyPI (0.4.0)
pip install benji==0.4.0
# Alternative B: Install the latest released version from PyPI
pip install benji
# Alternative C: Install the latest version from the master branch of the Git repository
pip install git+

If you want to use certain features of Benji you need to install additional dependencies:

  • s3: AWS S3 object storage support

  • b2: Backblaze’s B2 Cloud object storage support

  • compression: Compression support

  • readcache: Disk caching support

You can do this be specifying a comma delimited list of extra features in square brackets after the package URL:

pip install 'benji==0.2.0[compression,s3,readcache,b2]'

To upgrade an existing installation use the same command line but add the --upgrade option.


It is recommended to install and use the compression feature for almost all use cases.