TM Error Logger
TM Error Logger


TM Error Logger free download for Mac

TM Error Logger

01 August 2019

Time Machine error-reporting program.


TM Error Logger is a Time Machine error-reporting program.

Do you get those Time Machine Error alert messages and wonder why? Would you like to find out exactly what caused the error so you can do something about it? Run TM Error Logger after you get the Time Machine error and you will get a report showing which file or folder caused the error. Click on "Open Problem Folder" to reveal the folder containing the problem.

Optionally, send an email when the backup fails.

This is donationware. If you find it useful, please click on the Donate button.

What's new in TM Error Logger

Version 5.0.10:
  • 64-bit version. Code signed and notarized
  • Possible hang when reading error logs that have single or double quotes

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16 February 2009

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Thumbs up! A developer that listens to its users is a good developer. You have earned the donation!
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Version 1.1
29 October 2017
This is no longer free. It is now $5. If you want to save yourself $5, copy and run this command in Terminal instead: log show --predicate 'subsystem == ""' --info | grep 'upd: (' | cut -c 1-19,140-999
Version 3.2.7
09 November 2016
Oh, NOW I see that it’s not compatible with Sierra. Funny, I don’t see anything about an “upgrade path” when the app runs. And it’s not pricey, but it’s no longer free, either. This whole page is a bit misleading.
Version 3.2.7
19 January 2016
And once again this new policy of Macupdate to deliver this installer crap instead of the original dmg-file. If you need more money for this website find better ideas. If this won`t stop, I couldn't recommend macupdate any longer.
Version 3.2.4
13 February 2012
Folks don't forget Apple's Time Machine Buddy widget - a free Dashboard widget to keep an eye on your TM logs
Version 3.0.3
13 February 2012
Folks don't forget there is also the Apple Time Machine Buddy widget available from and/or from
Version 3.0.3
24 February 2011
It looks like this version is showing its age. It seems to no longer work in Snow Leopard, at least version 10.6.6. I hadn't need to use it for a long time, but today I needed it, and it just beachballed at me. Reinstalling was no help. Too bad.
Version 2.05
07 August 2009
This app only works in an admin account. I use terminal to output the time machine log but this requires you have access to an admin account user name and password. open terminal and only enter the commands after '$' prompt 1. switch to a user account with admin privileges $ su adminusername 2. enter password for this account Password: 3. enter this command to produce a backup.log file $ grep backupd /var/log/system.log > /Users/Shared/backup.log 4. exit admin account $ exit The backup.log is in your Shared Users folder.
Version 2.03
22 April 2009
Am I being foolish, or is this doing something that you can't do by typing 'backupd' into the search field in Console? Jon
Like (2)
Version 2.02
04 March 2009
Marvellous little app - saved me so much time trying to track down an errant file that was causing repeated problems. Would recommend this to anyone who's ever experienced Time Machine's enigmatic "Oh dear I had a problem but I'm not going to tell you what it is" error message. In fact I'd recommend it even if you haven't had a Time Machine error message - yet. One day...
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Version 1.16
27 February 2009
Awesome app! I've been having intermittent TM errors and was pulling my hair out trying to figure out WTF the error messages even mean. TM Error Logger identified the problem file and selected it in the finder so I could trash it. Problem solved. As a bonus for a single purpose app like this, the GUI doesn't make a simple task any more complex. No instruction manual required. Thanks for such a useful app!
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Version 1.15