RecoverPy – Tool to Find and Recover Deleted or Overwritten Files From Terminal

RecoverPy - Tool to Find and Recover Deleted or Overwritten Files From Terminal

RecoverPy

You can already find plenty of solutions to recover deleted files, but it can be a hassle to recover overwritten files. RecoverPy searches through every block of your partition to find your request.

Demo

RecoverPy Demo - Tool to Find and Recover Deleted or Overwritten Files From Your Linux Terminal

Installation

RecoverPy is currently only available on Linux systems.

Dependancies

Mandatory: To list and search through your partitions, recoverpy uses grepdd, and lsblk commands.

Optional: To display real time grep progress, you can install progress.

To install all dependencies:

  • Debian-like: apt install grep coreutils util-linux progress
  • Arch: pacman -S grep coreutils util-linux progress
  • Fedora: dnf install grep coreutils util-linux progress

Installation from pip

python3 -m pip install recoverpy

Usage

python3 -m recoverpy

You must have root access to use recoverpy.

  1. Select the system partition in which your file was. If you are out of luck, you can alternatively search in your home partition, maybe your IDE, text editor, etc. made a backup at some point.
  2. Type a text string to search. See tips below for better results.
    • Note that searching a string in a whole partition may take a while. (see euphemism)
    • Default save path is /tmp/, click on Settings to edit configuration.
  3. Start search, Results will appear in the left-hand box.
  4. Select a result to display the corresponding partition block content in the right-hand box.
  5. Once you have found your precious, select Save.
  6. You can now either save this block individually or explore neighboring blocks for the remaining parts of the file. You could then save it all in one file.

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