SmartBackup
SmartBackup
4.2

4.0

SmartBackup free download for Mac

SmartBackup

4.2
08 October 2018

Daily backups with Spotlight integration.

Overview

SmartBackup is an alternative lightweight backup application for OS X.

  • Backup multiple source items to a destination folder on an external harddrive, flashdrive or network share, or create a bootable clone of your system.
  • SmartBackup only copies what has changed after the initial run and is very fast in updating your backup or system clone.
  • Archive deleted or changed files in an archive folder during the backup and easily browse available versions of a file and restore them with one click.
  • Use Spotlight Saved Searches to define what you want to backup or what you want to exclude.
  • Automate your backup using iCal, Automator or launch it in commandline mode and include it in launchd items or scripts.

What's new in SmartBackup

Version 4.2:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

39 SmartBackup Reviews

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Fariborz
22 April 2008

Most helpful

I'm dropping this review to thank the author of this gorgeous application. SmartBackup is not simply the best backup application around but is supported by a very responsive and courteous developer who solved my issue in a matter of minutes. The program is fast, stable and simple to use and yet powerful enough to meet the needs of the most demanding users. Add to this an invaluable support from a dedicated developer and you come up with the right answer to buy it or not! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI - Verona (Italy)
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Version 2.2.2
Beamy
25 June 2019
SmartBackup 4.2.1 is available and the website says, that it supports APFS and MacOS 10.14. :)
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Version 4.2
Moxiesozo
06 October 2018
Version 4.2 is out. This app is now FREE. Seems to have impressive features.
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Version 4.1.2
1 answer(s)
Fariborz
Fariborz
08 October 2018
Yes, it’s true that it’s free. I can’t understand why it is then stated as a program that costs $30.00!!! Macupdate, please correct this mistake.
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AndrewH9943
12 September 2016
I've been using SmartBackup for a while now, and it is by far the fastest and most accurate backup tool I've used yet. I'm not sure why there are people complaining about upgrade prices, as the new version adds quite a few new features. Their loss.
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Version 3.4.3
Uncoy
06 September 2016
Marketing promotes very dubious benchmark stats about how SmartBackup is 2x faster than SuperDuper! and 3x faster than Carbon Copy Cloner. Highly unlikely as SuperDuper! backups run at about 80% of disk speed.

New version is licensed per machine. The good influence of the Mac App Store isn't enough for Solesignal who want to take us back to the dark ages of software licensing. I can just see per machine licensing for utilities that are tied to hardware (Coolbook or TurboBoostSwitcher for instance: who both offer prices to match the limited license) but for run of the mill backup software. - run for the hills.

If we will all have to deal with per machine painful licensing, it's time to shut down our Macs. The small developers who benefit from the Mac community's willingness to support shareware suffer in the end from predatory moves like this one from Solesignal which poison our marketplace. I highly recommend that noone reward Solesignal for their punitive approach to licensing.

I haven't used CCC in a long time (it was great software when I did use it) as SuperDuper! is so reliable and easy to use that I haven't had to look elsewhere. SuperDuper! has always been sold at a reasonable $25 shareware fee (not bundled as far as I know) with free updates from the beginning and unlimited licensing per user.

For more advanced syncing and backup, there's the incredibly powerful SuperFlexibileFileSynchronizer now known as Syncovery. Also per user licensing.
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Version 3.4.3
1 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
11 October 2018
Thank you for a great review, Uncoy! We appreciate your efforts to make the community great, people like you are one of the reasons MacUpdate is great, and I love it.
Although, I can’t fully agree on every point you’ve made in this review. as for example the only place I was able to find the claim “...is 3x faster” was this page, and this specific review, so this information is now false. I may agree, that in the past someone did made such claim, but as of now it is not true.
Regarding licensing - we’ve contacted the developer and it seems the licensing policies are now different from those in the past, so I may assume this claim is false as well.
So I would like to clarify that as of now, 2018, this review is a bit out of date.
We at MacUpdate are not favoring anyone, we’re creating a platform for people who like either to use or to create software and we will stand for both in case there are some obscurities here or there.
If you want to take a look and test this application now you may do that since the app is free. Then the competitors as well to see what’s best for you.
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zo219
23 September 2015
Guess it's not on here, but Arq is perfect backup, & once it's set up, effortless.
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Version 3.4.2
1 answer(s)
Big Johnson
Big Johnson
10 October 2018
Arq is most certainly listed on MU.
However, this page is for commenting on SmartBackup, not recommendations for other apps.

What would you think if you ran a website selling Pringles chips and someone left a comment saying "Kettle chips are the best! Perfectly cooked and delicious."

That’s not the appropriate place for it - one has nothing to do with the other.

FYI there’s a search box at the top of every page.
Give it a try - worked for me.
https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/33485/arq
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Fariborz
26 June 2015
Exceptionally fast, amazingly intuitive, thoroughly simple, incredibly well-supported. Should I say more?! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI -Verona (Italy)
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Version 3.4
Xplicit
26 June 2015
Very good backup solution. I use it to create a second backup of my Mac besides TimeMachine.
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Version 3.4
Djefis
26 March 2014
This utility is very effective and versatile, plus it is very fast. I do not remember ever will have paid for the upgrade, just enter your email address in the field and you're registered.
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Version 3.3.1
Drfrank
14 January 2012
A versatile, modern, 64-bit, Mac OS backup app. I use it to create boot-able clones of my startup disk; SmartBackup does its thing every night without any problems.
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Version 3.2.1
Lugie
07 January 2012
This is a well thought out, simple and effective app to do Finder accessible backups. Smartbackup lets you have full control over backup parameters and transparently keeps archived versions of files. It's perfect for managing large backups to multiple volumes. Does the job, and does it at a great price. Thank you developer!
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Version 3.2.1
Free

4.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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