BackupImage Script - README


The BackupImage script (Script-Fu) is used with the Free & Open Source Image Editor GIMP and will create backups of the actual image file while working on it. It will save a backup copy of the actual GIMP image (with the XCF extension) in the same directory as the original under the filename imagename-ext-YYYY-MM-DD-HH-MM.xcfgz. After installing the script, it will appear in the menu Script-Fu under Image Backup. This script will also work with the new GIMP version of 2.10.2. The original Fu-Script was created in March 2012 by Rob Antonishen under the name backup_working.scm and later it was modified by Patrick Biegel under the name backup_image.scm.


BackupImage - Script-Fu Menu
BackupImage - Backup Files


  • Start the GIMP image editor.
  • In the menu Edit/Preferences/Folders/Scripts you can check the path to the GIMP script directory.
  • Copy the file backup_image.scm into this script directory of your GIMP installation.
  • Select Filters/Script-Fu/Refresh Scripts to reload the available scripts.
  • Open an image in GIMP and save it in the GIMP format XCF.
  • Important: It's necessary to save the image with the extension XCF before you can make backups!
  • Choose Script-Fu/Image Backup/Create Backup to create a backup file of the actual image.
  • Check the directory of your image file to see if there was a new backup file created.


This is a free tool and support is not included and guaranteed. Nevertheless I will try to answer all your questions if possible. So write to my email address biegel[at] if you have a question :-)


The BackupImage script is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) which is published on the official site of the GNU.