Deja Vu
Deja Vu
5.5.2

4.8

Deja Vu free download for Mac

Deja Vu5.5.2

03 April 2019

Effortless backup and cloning utility.

Overview

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.
  • Save time by backing up only the files that have changed since the last backup.
  • Perform backups over a network. Deja Vu can even automatically connect to remote servers at backup time!
  • Mirror the contents of folders. Files which have been deleted from the source folder can optionally be deleted from the destination folder as well.
  • Keep your system in good health by automatically repairing your disk permissions before backing up.

Deja Vu has been localized for English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Ukrainian, and Finnish.

What's new in Deja Vu

Version 5.5.2:
  • Handle new error message caused by latest macOS update

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57 Reviews of Deja Vu

4.5
benam
26 October 2018
Version: 5.1.5

Most helpful

For my needs, the best and simplest backup solution for macOS. I use Time Machine as well, but Deja Vu has served me well for much longer, and it does things that Time Machine cannot, like making a weekly bootable clone of my hard drive. I am happy to see the new version.
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4.5
benam
26 October 2018
Version: 5.1.5
For my needs, the best and simplest backup solution for macOS. I use Time Machine as well, but Deja Vu has served me well for much longer, and it does things that Time Machine cannot, like making a weekly bootable clone of my hard drive. I am happy to see the new version.
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Propaganda Productions
08 October 2018
Version: 5.1.1
We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has used and supported Deja Vu over the many years of its existence. Naturally, we have had our ups and downs along the way. We have made mistakes. On the other hand, we have successfully kept Deja Vu running on every system since Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). We believe that a sensible person will recognize that this requires a certain level of commitment and reliability. Where we have fallen short, we will continually strive to be better. Deja Vu 5 represents the better part of a year's worth of development. We have changed a lot of code that had remained unchanged for a decade or more. We tried to reimagine how Deja Vu could be, and we tore down and rebuilt things which had been bothering us for a long time. Whether you have been with us since the beginning, or whether you are just discovering Deja Vu for the first time, we invite you to download Deja Vu 5 and give it a try. See what you think. And if, after consulting the resources on our Support page (https://propagandaprod.com/support.html), you still have any problems or questions, please do contact us, and we will do our best to try to help you. Thank you!
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mrsidoric
31 August 2018
Version: 5.0
Wish I could trust the developer on continued support and not gouging existing users with 'upgrades' to fix known issues. As a longtime user, I gave up when the developer lost interest. It would take much better license restrictions and pricing to bring me back. That's a shame because it was an good program – just poorly managed.
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4.5
Bob Jacobson
21 February 2016
Version: 4.8.5
I like Deja Vu in its current version. It's effortless and effective. But one thing to remember: cull and curate your files saved by Deja Vu! I didn't and found 250 MB of duplicate videos, originally downloaded from YouTube onto my Desktop, stashed in a nondescript Movies folder in Documents. Needless to say, it was slowing my MBP down, badly. I culled the files, deletiing most, and disabled Deja Vu for that purpose. Now everything is hunky-dory. Don't know about the pricing. I don't remember paying $30.
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2.5
dwp-1
30 September 2015
Version: 4.8.5
First, I used this backup software for years and then it stopped working. This used to be a very reliable backup application but over the years the developer has shown little interest in continuing the development of Deja Vu. I for one moved on, it seems clear to me that the developer lost interest and this is just an update to bring some attention and to grab some quick sales off the tails of a new major System update. I also believe we won't see another update for a very long time. There are **too many** great backup utilities available to be wasting your time with an app that gets very little attention from the developer. I wish the developer put his heart back into Deja Vu, it was a great back utility in its day. I do not know the developer, these are just my assumptions from years of using and watching the growth of this application. MacUpdate currently shows the version downloads is sitting at 2. Don't think that will pay the bills.
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vangulickc
05 March 2013
Version: 4.7
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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4.5
Michigan-Jim
13 February 2013
Version: 4.7
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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Jimmy-D
09 August 2012
Version: 4.3
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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0.5
Michael-Vilain
24 July 2012
Version: 4.2
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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MorroSteve
16 July 2012
Version: 4.1.1
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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5
Stassi
16 June 2012
Version: 4.1.1
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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MU-JJ
12 September 2011
Version: 4.1
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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dwp-1
05 September 2011
Version: 4.1
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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Moxiesozo
05 September 2011
Version: 4.1
Version 4.x is Lion-only. No support for previous Mac operating systems.
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3.5
antoniong
01 August 2011
Version: 3.7.6
No longer works with Lion.
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5
antoniong
02 May 2011
Version: 3.7.4
Works like a charm. It was the only Backup that worked correcly from iMac to 2 different NAS systems.
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2
nullmaster
07 July 2010
Version: 3.6
I was running version 3.4.2 on OS X 10.5.8 on my G4 tower, just for reference. The app works relatively well, until you get to a file larger than 4GB, and then the "Safety Net" feature ALWAYS makes copies of the file, regardless of it's modified status. It steals hard drive space down faster than you could ever imagine if you're working with large files, which is mostly what I work with. I emailed the developer back in January asking for assistance before buying the software, as it is useless to me if it is going to needlessly duplicate large files. I never heard back from the developer and I never paid for the software. Still looking for a similar, functional solution if anyone has ideas.
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3
Martyn-Ford
17 December 2009
Version: 3.6
Have been recommending and selling this software for some time now and the main strength of this software is it uses the unix command psync that has been backing up machines for over 20 years. But a major flaw in the Auto Mounting network drives to do with Leopard and Snow Leopards keychain permissions has rendered this side of the software useless with no reply from the Developer I will be looking elsewhere. If your backing up to an external drive attached to the machine then this software uses less time, processing power and space than Time Machine
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5
Tapper
20 July 2009
Version: 3.4.2
I have been using this backup utility for over 5 years and love its simplicity and efficiency. It allows scheduling, items to exclude, and many other essential features. My backup application of choice.
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Nealnt
05 December 2007
Version: 3.4
I found that customer support was not very good. Basically all they did was refer me to their FAQ. They bailed out on me on the problem I was having with the software.
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5
Md07
08 November 2007
Version: 3.4
I am SO glad to see this application updated for Leopard. There are a lot of really great backup solutions out right now and it can be tricky finding the perfect one for your needs. Deja Vu has never let me down. I use it regularly to backup to an AFP share and I really like how it doesn't hide anything or do any kind of sub-folder witchcraft with my files. I tried Time Machine, Synk, Superduper, Carbon Copy Cloner, and Crashplan, and I just like the way Deja Vu works better than the rest. The only reason I would give this a 4 instead of a 5 for features is because I don't think there is a way to make a bootable backup. This isn't too much of a problem for me since a lot of the software I use needs to be re-installed or re-authorized even with a bootable backup anyway. You can make a bootable clone of your drive with Disk Utility anyway.
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Macminicooper
02 November 2007
Version: 3.3b10
Has anyone tried Deja Vu with Leopard?
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Tim27
23 July 2007
Version: 3.3b10
It's been a year and this is still in beta??? Come on guys!
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4.75
Jagooah
06 August 2006
Version: 3.3b10
A nifty little app that does exactly what it says it will, and does it well! Heartily recommended, whether you have a PPC or Intel Mac.
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4.5
Anonymous
09 September 2005
Version: 3.2
Switched to SYNK years ago and haven't looked back. But I agree that DejaVu is awesome. Thanks for giving us a great software package.
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4.25
Anonymous
21 July 2005
Version: 3.1
Simply the best backup I've used for OsX, but I have to agree that Folder Exculsion is a must have addition.
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4
Anonymous
10 May 2005
Version: 3.1
Very good preference pane for backup. Runs unobtrusively in the background, very reliable. And it gets better with every release. One of the "must haves" on every OS X machine.
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3
Anonymous
06 May 2005
Version: 3.1
Still NO folder exclusions!
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3
Anonymous
06 May 2005
Version: 3.1
Great piece of software, but i am going to stick with SilverKeeper since Deja vu doesn't have the ability to exclude files and the fact that it takes up 95% of my cpu.
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5
Anonymous
05 May 2005
Version: 3.1
Excellent software. Worked perfectly with Tiger. Safety Net Archive is a welcome addition. The only backup software I found that preserves icons placed on folders (copy/paste).
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2.5
Anonymous
05 May 2005
Version: 3.1
There is a tiger compatible release now. They actually charge you about 10 dollars to upgrade to it if you have a 2.x version or if you purchased it with roxio products. IMHO, it's a waste of money. I'd give them credit if they didn't charge people for a minor change when those people already have paid (whether directly or when purchasing third party software) for the product. If the developers didn't get a good deal or gave away a licensed version for free w/ the bundled distribution then they need a better business plan instead of burning users who think they are buying a decent program. So lets review...Deja Vu is like freeware things (Disk Utility restore or CCC). Instead of being an app it's a preference pane. OK fine, that's good. It's got a reasonable gui. Cool. It even uses a psync module just like CCC. Ok..and you want us to pay you in the first place, let alone pay to upgrade. It does what it says it does, can corrupt your files (test old archives and password protected ones) just like any other free or cheap backup solution, possibly excluding restore from Disk Utility (which takes a long time). Overall it works, but on the shoulders of others.
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Anonymous
29 April 2005
Version: 3.0.2
Wish they would have posted a Tiger compatible release by now. Not a big fan of this: coming out shortly after or soon or, ??? Good software. Will continue to use it, but get a version that works out please....
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5
Anonymous
26 December 2004
Version: 3.0.2
Simple to use. The best!
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Anonymous
25 October 2004
Version: 3.0.2
I downloaded 3.0.2 after using version 2.0, and after using it a few times, decided to purchase the software. I purchased the software a week ago through Kagi and HAVE NOT RECIEVED a registration code, even though it is promised within the hour. So, I've given Kagi and the developer $25 for nothing. Oh yeah, no one has returned my email inquiry either. That's why I'm taking my message public. Hopefully someone will hear me.
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2.25
Jonathan Dale
14 September 2004
Version: 3.0.2
A rather simplistic front end to psync which is hardly worth $24.95, since: 1. It is not clear whether the Options (preferences/schedules/notifications, etc.) apply to all of the backups that you have defined or to just the currently selected. 2. it is not possible to define multiple auto-connects in case you have 2 backups which mount different volumes. 3. There is no way to apply inclusion/exclusion filters (which psync supports). If these issues were addressed, it would be a worthwhile backup program.
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Anonymous
14 September 2004
Version: 3.0.2
on OS X 10..3.5 i'm still using version 1.4.1 which is, i believe, the last freeware version of this little gem. the later versions do a whole lot more, of course. thanks to the developer for not making version 1.4.1 expire. at least it hasn't yet. maybe it will. whatever.
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4.75
Anonymous
12 September 2004
Version: 3.0
Best backup program I have ever used. Simple to setup either automatic or manual backups (or both). Whenever I've had a question, the developer has been very responsive. Highly recommended.
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2.5
Anonymous
12 September 2004
Version: 3.0
I paid for this software and I always had problems with it. The developer never replied to any of my emails, and now they're charging for an upgrade????
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4.25
Anonymous
11 April 2004
Version: 2.6.2
A really nice GUI for psync. Best of all is the support you can get from jeff at the forums at www.propagandaprod.com
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Kiwigray
04 April 2004
Version: 2.6.1
I had a problem writing directly to a CD but the developer emailed me specific instructions and it worked just fine. I am sure this will go from strength to strenght. Worthy of support.
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Anonymous
03 April 2004
Version: 2.6.1
It should be noted that Toast 6 users who got Deja Vu bundled with Toast should not update to version 2.6.1. unless they want to pay for it. The app will now unregister itself and switch to demo mode. Somehow sneaky behaviour - after all, previous bugfix releases were free - but the upgrade price for Toast users is only $10, which seems fair enough for such a useful app.
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4.75
Anonymous
07 March 2004
Version: 2.6
Propaganda Productions, You are correct with your suggestion to click "Schedule." I discovered this after posting my comment. It DID take over an hour for backups until I clicked "Schedule." All is well. Great application. Thanks. Mac on Mac
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5
Ajoe
05 March 2004
Version: 2.6
I don't know of a better backup solution for Mac OS X. I have used Deja Vu for many months now and it has performed flawlessly.
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Anonymous
18 February 2004
Version: 2.5.2
Deja Vu worked perfectly with Jaguar. Since upgrading to Panther, it is slow and backs up files and folders not selected. Back ups take nearly an hour. Used to take five minutes.
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Anonymous
24 January 2004
Version: 2.5.2
with panther and a firewire drive it starts and then seems to stop, though the menu bar icon *say* it's in progress. the computer does not hang but the app does - i've tried several times with no luck...
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5
Anonymous
14 January 2004
Version: 2.5.2
I have used Retrospect Express for years. Deja Vu is simpler to use, is cheaper, and much faster for backups from System 10.28.
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5
Changwei
20 December 2003
Version: 2.5.2
Great backup application. It does everything I want. Thanks!!
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5
Anonymous
03 December 2003
Version: 2.5.2
This is good stuff for the price. Also, if you are a Toast 6 and Panther owner you should download this version.
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5
Anonymous
03 December 2003
Version: 2.5.2
This is a great intuitive product and has made my life better. It's just so simple to use yet still loaded with features. Works flawlessly for me using an external firewire drive for backup.
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4.5
Erik Heerlein
22 November 2003
Version: 2.5.1
Excellent support from the Developer.
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5
Michael-Welsh
19 November 2003
Version: 2.5.1
Deja Vu is the answer for those of us who need to back up a few critical files. I have found it to be extremely useful, well-behaved and easy to use. Excellent throughout.
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Anonymous
03 November 2003
Version: 2.5
An updater which provides Panther compatibility may be downloaded from this page: http://propagandaprod.com/dejavu.html
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5
Eric Johnson
01 October 2003
Version: 2.5
Deja Vu 2.5 is a real delight, particularly after painfully thrashing around with Retrospect as I attempted to backup files to Orb 2.2GB disks. Deja Vu is a no-brainer to use and is absolutely worth the $15 shareware fee.
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5
Anonymous
31 August 2003
Version: 2.4.1
My data is backed up every night at 1:00 AM. This program is a pleasure to use and operates seamlesly. One of the best software bargins for os X.
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4.5
Anonymous
27 June 2003
Version: 2.4
Perfect background backup tool. Inexpensive and unobtrusive. This latest version has some nice feature additions.
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4
Anonymous
21 December 2002
Version: 2.2.1
Well, it's not free anymore, but I use it every day to backup to my firewire drive. As far as I know it works every time, invisibly, wether I'm logged in or not, and that's cool. "Times are tough" all over, indeed. I won't be buying this til WAY after the holidays.
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4.5
MacGizmo
08 December 2002
Version: 2.1
This little pref pane is awesome for those of us who don't need full blown "retrospect" backups. Very simple to use and works perfectly.
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