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SmartBackup
SmartBackup
4.2
SmartBackup free download for Mac

SmartBackup

Version 4.3

Daily backups with Spotlight integration.

Free
FreeAbsolutely Free

SmartBackup 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.

Note: While the software is classified as free, it is actually donationware. Please consider making a donation to help support development.

What’s new in version 4.3

Updated on Apr 05 2021

Version 4.3:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Information

License

Free

Size

4.2 MB

Downloads

54214

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
  • Apple Silicon Native Support
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jmacimages
jmacimages
Mar 18 2022
4.3
0.0
Mar 18 2022
0.0
Version: 4.3
I have recently installed SmartBackup on my iMac and it works when I click the Start button, but the schedule will not run. Is there something I need to do in order for the daily backups to run?
nodinewajr
nodinewajr
Oct 28 2021
4.3
0.0
Oct 28 2021
0.0
Version: 4.3
Question: I want both a local backup and a cloud backup on my MacBook Pro. I have already installed JustCloud, and it's working fine for the cloud backup. Can I install SmartBackup as well, for the local backup? Will these two programs interfere with each other?
customsoft
customsoft
Oct 2 2020
4.2.1
4.0
Oct 2 2020
4.0
Version: 4.2.1
This is a very nice little app. I have been looking for a backup software application for what seems like forever, and I think this is it. It has all of the basic functionality that you want with none of the complexity. This program is well designed and extremely intuitive and it's free. Would definitely recommend. P.S. I would be more than happy to make a one-time donation to the developer, just to keep the software up-to-date.
Beamy
Beamy
Jun 25 2019
4.2
0.0
Jun 25 2019
0.0
Version: 4.2
SmartBackup 4.2.1 is available and the website says, that it supports APFS and MacOS 10.14. :)
Moxiesozo
Moxiesozo
Oct 6 2018
4.1.2
0.0
Oct 6 2018
0.0
Version: 4.1.2
Version 4.2 is out. This app is now FREE. Seems to have impressive features.
PixeleyesLtd
PixeleyesLtd
Sep 12 2016
3.4.3
5.0
Sep 12 2016
5.0
Version: 3.4.3
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.
Uncoy
Uncoy
Sep 6 2016
3.4.3
0.0
Sep 6 2016
0.0
Version: 3.4.3
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.
anonymous-tapir-4715
anonymous-tapir-4715
Sep 23 2015
3.4.2
0.0
Sep 23 2015
0.0
Version: 3.4.2
Guess it's not on here, but Arq is perfect backup, & once it's set up, effortless.
Fariborz
Fariborz
Jun 26 2015
3.4
5.0
Jun 26 2015
5.0
Version: 3.4
Exceptionally fast, amazingly intuitive, thoroughly simple, incredibly well-supported. Should I say more?! Fariborz AMIRSHAHI -Verona (Italy)
Xplicit
Xplicit
Jun 26 2015
3.4
5.0
Jun 26 2015
5.0
Version: 3.4
Very good backup solution. I use it to create a second backup of my Mac besides TimeMachine.
Djefis
Djefis
Mar 26 2014
3.3.1
5.0
Mar 26 2014
5.0
Version: 3.3.1
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.
Drfrank
Drfrank
Jan 14 2012
3.2.1
0.0
Jan 14 2012
0.0
Version: 3.2.1
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.
Dufrasgne
Dufrasgne
Jan 7 2012
3.2.1
5.0
Jan 7 2012
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
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!
benoit311080
benoit311080
Nov 13 2011
3.2.1
5.0
Nov 13 2011
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
I'm a happy SmartBackup user since June 2009. We are now in November 2011 and this is still my preferred app to make my backups. I like the way it works : simple interface but advanced features. During these 3 years, I never had any issue and the app is regularly updated. The support helps you you when you have an issue (for me, it was to schedule a task in LaunchDeamons).
A-ep
A-ep
Nov 2 2011
3.2.1
5.0
Nov 2 2011
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
SmartBackup is now my faithful companion for more than two years. I never faced any issues with this reliable tool. It's sleek and fast and offers those features I really need of a backup/restore tool. I use it for regularly backing up of more than 5 TB of data to either internal HD or external attached NAS. For me simply the best.
espacioami
espacioami
Oct 20 2011
3.2.1
5.0
Oct 20 2011
5.0
Version: 3.2.1
SmartBackup is for me "a must have" application. I´ve been using for more than three years. It's fast, safe, reliable and well maintained with a great UI. In fact I have not even tried Time Machine (or other applications) and that my job that I reinstall Mac OS X often. In my case, money is well spent and the application receives the necessary updates and technical support. If your looking for this kind of app, at least must be tested.
pandora-1
pandora-1
Jul 21 2011
3.2.1
0.0
Jul 21 2011
0.0
Version: 3.2.1
What the heck is going on here? So many reviewers venting their spleens. Forums such as this are not the place to question features (or perceived lack of them) or post problem descriptions. This dev, like 99% of indie devs, has a web page and a contact email. I find that I get extremely quick and helpful advice when I contact the dev personally. @freeride: You've gotta have a tough hide around here. I'm sorry you've been treated like this.
appleHQ
appleHQ
Jul 9 2011
3.2
0.5
Jul 9 2011
0.5
Version: 3.2
Bad update policy. And low on features for the price. I did not update and I cannot see any imrovements.
Zephyris
Zephyris
Mar 11 2011
3.1
1.0
Mar 11 2011
1.0
Version: 3.1
Well, its 2011 now, where is this feature? I do not wish for Ical to be flooded with Smartbackup entries anymore. I would recommend Super Duper over this, as that dev tries to help his users. My exact post from 2009. I have used Smartbackup for a long time too. The biggest thing that bugs me is the developer keeps promising the option of scheduling built into the application itself. Its been worked on and added as a feature request is the usual response. It's almost been a year now.
F451
F451
Apr 6 2010
3.0
0.0
Apr 6 2010
0.0
Version: 3.0
Here's the upgrade policy: SmartBackup 2.5 upgrade licenses to 3 An upgrade is only required for SmartBackup licenses purchased before 01.01.2009. If you want to upgrade a site license or a number of single licenses, please contact us. SmartBackup 2.5 Upgrade License (valid to upgrade an existing Single, Family Pack and Business Single license) 10 USD SmartBackup 2.5 OfficePack 10 Upgrade License (valid to upgrade an existing OfficePack 10 License) 90 USD
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