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Deja Vu offers an intuitive and reliable way to back up your data. It's a preference pane that shows up in your System Preferences, and it allows you to schedule unattended backups of important folders, or even your entire system.

With Deja Vu, you can:

  • Backup an unlimited number of folders.
  • Accurately clone your OS X system disk, producing a bootable copy.
  • Perform backups manually at the click of a button, or schedule them to run whenever it's convenient for you. Backups may be scheduled on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, and may be performed even when you aren't logged in.
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What's New

Version 4.8.2:

Note: DejaVu 4.8.2 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion but previous versions for both OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and OS X 10.7 Lion are available as a part of the same download.

  • Updated German localization.
  • Fixed some text being truncated in other localizations.


OS X 10.8 or later

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C. Spencer Van Gulick Member IconComment+34
C. Spencer Van Gulick

This developer's website lists a single license at a price twice as high as the $14.95 shown on MacUpdate above. I wrote to the company, and they informed me in their usual terse manner that (1) $29.95 is the actual price and (2) there is no such thing as an upgrade price. You want the latest version? - buy it over again.

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Version 4.7
Michigan Jim Member IconReview+6
Michigan Jim

I've used Deja Vu for years and have found it to be extremely reliable. I highly recommend it

BUT my copy recently stopped working with a Lion update. It's been some weeks and still no sign of anything from the developer.

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Version 4.7
Jimmy-D Member IconReview+18

I used Deja Vu for years and was happy years ago because of the simple design, so I bought multiple copies. Then I experienced bugs preventing data from backing up. The developer wouldn't solve the bugs, dismissed my reports, and like others have experienced stopped responding to email. The bugs and lack of support made me wisely switch to ChronoSync for backing up multiple Macs on a local network.

It's nice that the author is updating Deja Vu now, and it may work now, but the previous multi-year update hiatus and unfriendly approach to his customers should be considered if you're considering this.

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Version 4.3
Propaganda Productions (Developer)

Deja Vu has been updated continuously for nearly ten years now. We have supported every major version of Mac OS X since Jaguar (10.2), normally within days of its release, if not immediately. To determine if Deja Vu is right for you, we offer a generous trial period with full functionality so you can put it through its paces.

If you run into problems, send us an email and we will do our best to help you. If we are unable to help you, you should not consider this as an unfriendly gesture. Naturally, we would like Deja Vu to work perfectly for everyone all the time, but it can’t always be that way.

I think it’s important to mention that I have personally relied exclusively on Deja Vu to back up my files for as long as it has existed. It has saved me countless times and has never once let me down.

We will continue to work to make Deja Vu even better than it is today, and we invite everyone to give it a try.


Support by the developer is terrible. I bought deja vu. Within a year I had to re-purchase the product to be able to keep on using it on a higher version of OSX.

Above that, the developer proved to be blunt and rude in his communications. Avoid this developer and product.

Michael-Vilain Member IconReview+79

backuplist+ works much better without the flakey developer behavior. Even though it's free, it works so well and flawlessly, that I gave the developer money because it's so well written.

I stopped using DejaVu a while ago and haven't looked back.

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Version 4.2
MorroSteve Member IconReview+1

I've been a long time user of DejaVu but can't recommend the Lion version. I've been unable to get the Lion version to work over the network. Unresponsive support requests. Avoid!!

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Version 4.1.1
Stassi Member IconReview+30

I've been using DejaVu since I first got it with Toast, back before 2004. I've found it consistently reliable, with an easy-to-manage interface, and flexibility.

Where many competitors have difficulty creating consistently bootable cloned backups, DejaVu has never failed. When I've needed technical support, I've received prompt and clear response from the developer.

I've just (finally) upgraded to Lion, and I'm finding the Lion version to be just as I'd expect and hope. An excellent product.

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Version 4.1.1
MU JJ Member IconReview+6

Stronly recommend NOT to buy this product because continuation of development is far from sure.

I bought deja vu 10 months ago at $29. Then it stopped working after I tested a beta at the developer's request. Now I have to pay again (registration stopped working) to get the same product working. No option to downgrade.

Jeff Holland, the developer responded: "We work hard to make Déjà Vu an excellent backup utility and we think we deserve to be paid for it. If the day comes when enough people like you disagree, we will stop working on it.

Are you paid only once per year for the work that you do?"

So you buy a product, test beta software and give feedback, and than you are being asked to pay again like it is a subscription service. When asked how to download, Jeff Holland simply stops replying.
Thanks and come again!

When buying the product, keep in mind you might have to pay again in a year or so and that Jeff might stop developing the product.

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Version 4.1
Donperreault Member IconComment+600

For this type of backup utility SynkPro 7 puts Deja-Vu 4.1 to shame. Deja-Vu crashes consistently and synkPro rarely crashes and performs as promised.

I am registered user of both utilities and many other backup utilities. I use Arq & SynkPro and Carbon Copy Cloner as my primary backup utilities.

Yes, I am anal about backing up.

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Version 4.1
Moxiesozo Member IconComment+152

Version 4.x is Lion-only. No support for previous Mac operating systems.

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Version 4.1
Propaganda Productions (Developer)

The first part is true, but we offer versions of Deja Vu for systems all the way back to 10.2 Jaguar, and we officially support Deja Vu on Snow Leopard and Leopard in addition to Lion.

Antoniong Member IconReview+62

No longer works with Lion.

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Version 3.7.6

Still no working version for Lion. My enthusiasm is dwindling fast.

This is a backup back package and should be working.


What I find annoying is that, besides the 'it's incompatible, we hope to have a new one soon' one-liner on the website, there's no further information from Propaganda. I've emailed them to find out more - but no reply. I use it myself, and according to the backup status, all post-Lion backups are ticked, no errors reported. So is this incorrect? I don't know. I have customers who also use this software, and they can't rely on their backups now. Propaganda have really dropped the ball on this, IMHO.


Update: Just got a reply back from dev: 'Before September'


"Before september".

Well at least there is a response now. I never got one. But it remains a shame that someone needs zoo much time to get a paid product working. He should have released a working one within days because he had testing opportunities enough.


So v4.0 is released to support Lion. However, note this from the update dialogue:

"Deja Vu 4.0

NOTE: This is a free upgrade for anyone who has purchased a Deja Vu license in 2011. Otherwise, it is a paid upgrade.

Deja Vu 4 can only be installed on Mac OS X Lion (10.7)."

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Date 08 Nov 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
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