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mlbackup is a backup script written in bash and uses rsync 3. It is built specially for Mac OS X (Server) and takes care of many of the Mac's special needs. It knows about many file that can be left out in a backup to speed things up and save space. mlbackup is intended for Disk-to-Disk backups. It is possible to pull backups from a remote host using rsync over ssh transport. You need to setup ssh host-key authentication if you want to automate this.

What's New

Version 195-3.0.9:
  • Fixes issue #6: A bug in installer.sh and the installer package that broke online version check.


  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
  • Command line configuration (Terminal). The same release must be installed on all machines when doing remote backups via ssh.

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macadamsterdam Member IconComment+3

It has been updated at least twice since 1.4.2
It now uses rsync 3.0.8
Please update.

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Version 142-3.0.6
macadamsterdam Member IconReview+3

Rock solid !
Super efficient tool.
Don't let the "no GUI" statement stand in your way.
It's pretty easy to use, at least for local backup.
Give it a try, it well worth it.
Better than Time Machine.
Vielen Dank Pepi !

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Version 142-3.0.6
MacLemon (Developer) Member IconDev+3
MacLemon (Developer)

Download fixed!

If you experienced problems with the download, please download again. Due to a configuration problem in the database on my server the file got cut off prematurely.
The problem has been fixed! Please download again!
Sorry for the inconvenience!

Best regards

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Version 125-3.0.5
RobK Member IconComment+238

I see you released the project under GPL v3.

Where is the source for mlbackup? I don't see it on your site.

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Version 0.75
MacLemon (Developer)

It is a shell script. Just open mlbackup with the text editor of your choice.

MacLemon (Developer) Member IconDev+3
MacLemon (Developer)

Sorry to all who had problems downloading mlbackup immediately after it's release. My ISPs colocation went down at about 00:30 localtime. Everything should be fine by now. Thanks for your interrest in mlbackup.

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Version 0.75
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Version 160-3.0.8
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Current Version (195-3.x)


Downloads 3,948
Version Downloads 496
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 28 Nov 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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