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BackupList+ is a simple, accurate, and fast backup utility for OS X. It is a wrapper application for rsync 3.0.8, a powerful file transfer application that preserves all OSX metadata perfectly. It can make perfect full system clones as well as snapshot-style incremental backups. You can create lists of your important folders and files that you want to save to an external hard drive or other destination. Restoring iTunes, iPhoto, Mail and other apps, or transferring them to another computer, is easy with backuplist+. There are many other options for the beginner or expert and you can schedule backups hourly, daily or weekly. more...

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Version 8.4: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Xenophile Member IconReview+694
Xenophile
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Great free backup app! The feature set is robust compared to other synchronization apps, even many paid apps. I use BackupList+ to manually run backup sets from the menubar after working in Lightroom or making changes to my iTunes or Calibre libraries. Simple and easy, and the menubar icon serves not only as a shortcut but as a reminder to backup.

The GUI could use some work, but a few minutes in BackupList+ Help clarifies everything. Yes, this FREE app has detailed documentation via Apple's Help viewer! Also consider that GUIs for backup apps are notoriously difficult to create, given the difficulty of prioritizing what are all equally critical options. I don't believe I've tried any backup apps costing less than $40 with GUIs that are intuitive. Good GUIs require a lot of time, and if the developer isn't getting paid for that time, expect only a "good enough" GUI.

That said, BackupList+'s GUI is superior to plenty of paid backup apps (looking at you, Sync Folders Pro). I've used ChronoSync, and it lacks BackupList+'s handy menubar icon. Once backup sets are created, it's the menu bar icon that is the focus of user interaction, and its menu provides shortcuts to all backup sets (and many other options and functions). Very cool!

I have not used the scheduled backups feature, so I cannot comment on its stability, but BackupList+ has been rock solid for my usage pattern.

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Version 8.4
rtheone Member IconComment+5
rtheone
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The number of backup folders just accumulates over time. It should be limited to the number specified in the "Incremental backups" field. Otherwise, what's that field doing?

If I specify 3 incremental backups, I expect the number of backup folders to be exactly ≤ 3, not an ever increasing number of items.

I think I have nearly 100 folders generated by backuplist+ now. Manually deleting them is not an option to me, especially not since the backups are incremental (no chance of knowing what folders are safe to delete).

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Version 8.4
Zeitkind Member IconReview+21
Zeitkind
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Nice one to do a simple one-time backup. But unreliable if running as a cron job. Crashed many time on 10.9.2 filling up the backupdrive with several incomplete backups. Need to control itself better in case of a crash and complete backups or delete incomplete backup.

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Version 8.4
rtheone Member IconComment+5
rtheone
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Folder explosion!

I have the setting "Dated folder" turned on, and "Incremental backups" set to 3, but for some reason backupList+ generates backup folders ending in a large 6 digit number — not 1,2,3 as claimed in the app documentation.

Ex: "backup(2014_02_15_111215)"

Also, it doesn't clean up older backup folders but just keeps generating an ever increasing list of them.

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Version 8.4
rtheone
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Nor does it reuse previous folder names.

Tsehov Member IconReview+27
Tsehov
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Excellent backup software. It does everything you need to backup your system and files.

Definitely worth of donating.

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Version 8.2.1
ammma
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Can it backup bootable disk image?

Fishscale
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BackupList+ can do it all, consult the Help pdf and you will find answers to your search query but since I have no idea how your making your bootable image, or if the image already exists and you need to make it bootable etc... you can probably find a quick fix with "File -> Make Cloned Volume Bootable" menu-item.

swefred Member IconComment+0
swefred
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How do I copy files and folders inside a folder?
I want to copy everything inside /Users/user/folder1 to /Volumes/share/backup/

Right now folder1 is copied to backup. It works if I mark everything inside folder 1 but this is not a solution sins the content will change.

Do I have to rename folder1 to backup to get it to work? and set the bakup folder to /Volumes/share ?

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Version 8.1
swefred Member IconComment+0
swefred
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Can I bacup directy to a nfs share, I.E: 192.168.1.2:/share instead of a mounted share: /Volumes/share ?

The share might not always be mounted but if it exist a direct path will work.

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Version 8.1
Stonetownmike Member IconReview+12
Stonetownmike
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I've been doing my weekly backup with BackupList+ for years. The developer is lightning fast with support. It's a great app -- well worth a donation.

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Version 8.1
Moocan Member IconComment+11
Moocan
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I have this error message on 10.6.7:
"You can't open the application backuplist+.app because it may be damaged or incomplete"

I have downloaded twice time and same thing each time.

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Version 8.0.9
Rob Dutoit Frames (Developer)
+2

This was fixed. It seems to affect only a few people and I only heard about this recently. You should contact me if there is still a problem

Moocan
+1

I apologize for my late answer.
Many thanks Rob for fixing it. BackupList+ is launching well now.
Kind Regards

Thomas1977 Member IconReview+140
Thomas1977
+1

Works but I would like to see a more modern GUI. Now it is ugly as hell.

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Version 8.0.9
Rob Dutoit Frames (Developer)
+7

My time is limited so I prefer to focus on the great functionality rsync provides and less on cosmetics. I have been working on a more intuitive GUI with the help of some good advisers who offer helpful comments. If you have something helpful to say then I gratefully will consider it.

Yours, Rob DuToit

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Pdandyk
Version 8.4
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Runty
Version 8.4
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Lxndr
Version 8.3
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Khadrelt
Version 8.2.1
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Joecap5
Version 8.1
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Runty
Version 8.1
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Mikoi
Version 8.1
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Ralek
Version 8.1
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Pedrotaquelim
Version 8.0.9
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Christian Bauer
Version 8.0.2
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Downloads 59,698
Version Downloads 5,537
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 05 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
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