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Timbuktu Pro allows you to control Mac or WIndows computers remoted over a network, dial-up, or the internet. It's an essential tool for Mac webmasters looking to remotely maintain their websites.

What's New

Version 8.8.5:

  • Updated for compatibility with OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
Known Issues:
  • On OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and later computers, if the Timbuktu Application has been installed via a Push Install, the keychain will not operate properly (for outbound Timbuktu connections) until the currently-logged in user has logged out and logged back more...


OS X 10.6 or later

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Madison_mac Member IconReview+27

I'm having problems getting the "Send Force Quit" to work. Anyone else have this problem?

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Version 8.8.5
Macmedix Member IconReview+5

Timbuktu blows away all the VNC apps. More features, and mad compatibility. Connects & controls any Mac OSX, OS9, even OS8, plus Windows. Built in messaging system, file transfer, get system profile, idle monitor, file transfer, audio intercom, text chat, reverse connection (invite), tons of useful features. I use Timbuktu every day because it totally rocks! Awesome & solid software since 1987.

The TB2 8.85 update in ONLY required for Mavericks, not Mtn Lion nor below. Requires OSX 10.6+.

My personal TB2 settings for remote WAN use include limit to 256 colors, hide desktop, accept scaled fonts. These are in Prefs->Control. Really helps speed things up.

Major hat tip to the one guy left at Moto working to keep TB2 alive & compatible! Dude! Thanks! I'd love to buy you a beverage anytime.

Here is the Timbuktu 8.85 download URL:

And the Docs:
New 8.85 Install:

Update 8.85 install:

Other TB2 versions & release notes:

Here is the general Timbuktu page, but it stops at version 8.83.

And an upgrade page for 8.84, that doesn't mention 8.85.

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Version 8.8.5
Vid99 Member IconComment+4

Yup, definitely old code and on life support. But did get 8.8.5 update for Mavericks support. Updated 10/7/13:

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Version 8.8.4

Thanks for the link! Naturally, Motorola doesn't mention it at all..

Donmontalvo Member IconReview+1287

When Motorola bought Netopia, they killed NetOctopus, but they kept one guy on staff to keep Timbuktu Pro on life support. Timbuktu Pro was a plug-in for NetOctopus. Over the years since, they've released patches to try to keep this blob of archaic code relevant enough to continue to generate revenue. It's not only old, it relies on depreciated process management (/Library/StartupItems) and has no clue about GateKeeper.

If Motorola can't rewrite Timbuktu, it should shut down the Mac development side, since it's useless in all environments except those that allow users to have admin rights. Imagine trying to help a remote non-user, then Timbuktu crashes, the user is stranded. A reboot will not bring it back up. A user would need admin rights to relaunch it.

This software used to be great when Martin Bestmann managed things, but since the company got sold, Martin moved on to bigger and better things (LANrev > Absolute Software). So this is no longer his farm, no longer his pig.

I would not recommend Timbuktu pro to my worst enemy.

Don Montalvo, TX

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Version 8.8.4

That should have read:

"Imagine trying to help a remote non-admin user"



So...I guess we shouldn't expect to see an OS X Mavericks capable version anytime soon....


They may release a "compatibility" patch, but if the application doesn't comply with Apple guidelines now, it can only get worse once 10.9 is released. This is one old blob of code.

Runtime Member IconComment+47


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Version 8.8.3


Jreffner Member IconComment+83

TB2 9.0.2 for Windows 7, Vista, and XP is finally a reality! I never thought I'd see this day, but it has indeed arrived.

So, if you need your Mac to connect to Vista or Windows 7, the wait is finally over.

Also, your Mac serial number works as an upgrade making the $90. price about $45.

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Version 8.8.2
Qb Member IconReview+83

I've loved TB2 for decades. Works great across the WAN and across platforms.

Support has been slow to fix the recent modifier keys with clicking issues but 8.8.2 seems to have made those operational again.

But 8.8.2 has introduced a problem for me that I don't see any discussion of yet: when connected Mac to Mac and I press my CMD key there are many times the remote Mac makes a boing sound. Does not seem to do this when the remote Mac is in the Finder - but it does happen if the remote has Mail.app as the front app. And with numerous other apps.

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Version 8.8.2
Mbt Member IconComment+8

While there are free or low cost screen sharing tools out there, I have not found any that work as well over a WAN connection as TB2. TB2 really shines over VNC (e.g. ARD) when the bandwidth starts getting tight.

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Version 8.8.2
Leoofborg Member IconComment+377

I used to use this back in the day... but since then ARD+Slink came along and that's the new baseline.

Or, if you prefer, ARD+Terminal.app(tappity tap type your ssh pipe in).

Slink's easier & cheaper.

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Version 8.8.2
Libertyforall1776 Member IconComment+1130

Wow, does anyone still use this software? So many other solutions like iChat/VNC/ARD, etc... Still not 64-bit!

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Version 8.8.2
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Version 8.8.4
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Downloads 58,602
Version Downloads 3,196
License Demo
Date 24 Oct 2013
Platform OS X / Intel 32
Price $89.95