TimeMachineEditor
TimeMachineEditor
5.0.8

3.9

TimeMachineEditor free download for Mac

TimeMachineEditor

5.0.8
28 September 2019

Change the one-hour interval of Time Machine backups.

Overview

TimeMachineEditor lets you change the one-hour interval of Time Machine backups. You can change the interval or create a more sophisticated scheduling.

TimeMachineEditor triggers Time Machine backups when it is most appropriate, the whole backup process is still handled by Time Machine. TimeMachineEditor is not a "hack", it does not modify system files.

What's new in TimeMachineEditor

Version 5.0.8:
  • This version includes compatibility improvements for macOS Catalina.
  • Catalina users: if a security dialog prevents you from installing the application, control-click the installer package, then choose Open from the shortcut menu, then click Open. Alternatively you can install version 5.0.7 and update to 5.0.8 from within the application (main application menu > Check for Updates).

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Stormchild
11 November 2012

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Fantastic app. Great implementation. No system files or settings are modified; instead, it starts Time Machine backups manually whenever you want, with rules that are simple but flexible. It doesn't even have a background "helper" process; it just adds a file to /Library/LaunchDaemons that trigger the backups (the right way to do it). My new MacBook Air (mid 2012) is the first Mac I've ever had that can actually back up hourly without noticeably slowing down; for all my older machines, this is an essential tool for maintaining optimal performance.
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Version 3.0.1
Sonnendeck
10 April 2019
For many years a great, reliable help. Thank you!
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Version 5.0.5
jeremydscott02
21 March 2019
I want this to work, but my Time Machine backup is stuck on "Preparing backup"
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Version 5.0.4
1 answer(s)
Annie-Walker
Annie-Walker
10 April 2019
It sounds like possibly you have a conflict of some sort with this program and another on your drive. I've used this since it's inception with no probs. ever. If you find a fix, be sure to share it with us, just in case others have same problem.

(Try a reinstall AFTER you run Disk Warrior) ?
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Raven-
05 February 2019
Works!
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Version 5.0.4
spamlessuser
08 November 2018
Downloaded (highly rate?!) TimeMachineEditor.app on my iMac in order to perform a 1x daily backup (instead of hourly, which can't be changed) with MacOS High Sierra. Did it to salvage an old backup drive which eventually ended up unsalvagable, so I bought a bigger new backup drive and deleted the app as space is no longer an issue... NIGHTMARE!! I have deleted the TimeMachineEditor.app (using uninstaller on "CleanMyMac 3"), emptied the trash, restarted (several times) and STILL I get this time machine error: "The default one-hour scheduler of Time Machine has been disabled since you are using TimeMachineEditor instead. You can disable TimeMachineEditor from its application if you do not wish to use it anymore..." Only thing I haven't done is remove its preferences is the following recommendation as I cannot find the hidden TImeMachineEditor files!? I'm tempted to throw all of these folders out as I think they probably, replace themselves and might solve the problem. HELP!? Anyone have the same problem or have a fix?? Search for the items with the name of TimeMachineEditor 4.2.1 in the following locations: /Library /Library/Caches /Library/Preferences /Library/Application Support /Library/LaunchAgents /Library/LaunchDaemons /Library/PreferencePanes /Library/StartupItems
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Version 5.0.4
1 answer(s)
tclementdev
tclementdev
08 May 2019
There is an uninstall command available from within the application, this is the easier and safest way to uninstall. I'd suggest you re-install the application and use the built-in uninstall command.
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stephen-69
06 June 2018
So, I installed this app because the time machine quit working on my mac that I had macOS server. Once installed and backup intervals set, I received a notification from Server that Volume 36A09335-1A67-4B37-9D77-1983D53024C9 not responding. This can't be good. If the time machine editor affects any volume on your server this is not a good sign.
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Version 5.0.3
1 answer(s)
tclementdev
tclementdev
18 June 2018
I'm not sure what that means. TimeMachineEditor is only a simple scheduler that triggers Apple's Time Machine at particular times. It doesn't do anything to your volumes. You have the wrong culprit here.
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RRbob
30 August 2017
Yes, my update kept quitting and a new install did the same. However, an email to the developer resulted in a very quick reply, and a link to a version that works as expected. I am very impressed with the service and have always liked the app as it does what it says and is updated on a regular basis.
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Version 5.0.1
1 answer(s)
tclementdev
tclementdev
31 August 2017
Thanks!
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adezigns
25 August 2017
I downloaded this as an Update. My old TimeMachine Editor worked fine. But what used to work, no longer works. Every time I try to open, all I get is a "TimeMachineEditor Quit Unexpectedly" notice (and "reopen" has the same results). What happened??? Any ideas on how to resolve? I'm running Sierra.
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Version 4.5.8
1 answer(s)
tclementdev
tclementdev
29 August 2017
Send me an email at timemachineeditor@tclementdev.com
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Kobalt
06 March 2017
Yeah, love it for giving me control over how TimeMachine works. Apple should've built such functionality into their app, of course, but well, that's Apple for you.
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Version 4.5.7
RavenManiac
21 February 2017
Will this wake up a Mac running Sierra to perform a scheduled backup?
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Version 4.5.5
3 answer(s)
tclementdev
tclementdev
22 February 2017
If your machine supports Power Nap, it's able to perform the backup during sleep. You can enable Power Nap from System Preferences > Energy Saver.
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RavenManiac
RavenManiac
23 February 2017
I don't see a Power Nap setting, but I do see a Schedule Start and Wake Up option. Is it possible to use that to wake up my Mid 2012 MacBook Pro a few minutes before I enable a TimeMachineEditor backup?
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tclementdev
tclementdev
23 February 2017
Yes you can schedule full wakes there to match the backup times you have specified in TimeMachineEditor. That should work fine.
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sheik-yerbouti-1
15 January 2017
What a wonderful little app. I've been struggling for years using Terminal to adjust the backup timing but never could get it quite right. This app give me exactly what I want and more!
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Version 4.5.4
1 answer(s)
Felix01
Felix01
26 October 2017
What couldn't you get "right?"

Just make the interval in increments of 3600 (number of seconds per hour). So for four hours you'd enter 14400 (3600*4). Or if you want to backup every 2 1/2 hours, enter 9000 (3600*2.5).

Launch Terminal, and paste the following on a single line (changing the interval as discussed above):

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto StartInterval -int 3600
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