TimeMachineEditor is a software for OS X that lets you change the default one-hour backup interval of Time Machine. You can change the interval or create a more sophisticated scheduling (see screenshots below).

This is useful if you don’t need to backup every hour and don’t want the performance penalty. This is also especially useful if you manipulate lots of data within one hour as you would spend the whole day backing up.

Download (updated 06.25.16)

Additional screenshots

TimeMachineEditor 4.4.2

Requires OS X 10.9 or newer.

What’s new?

  1. -Fixes and improvements to the scheduler.

  2. -Fix “Show Time Machine Logs” console when running macOS Sierra.

  3. -Fix detection of failed backups when running macOS Sierra.

  4. -Added tmectl(1) command line tool to allow some control from the command line (enable/disable scheduler, print and modify settings). You should run the command without arguments for usage.

How does it work?

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.

TimeMachineEditor is free software.


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Should I turn Time Machine to OFF in System Preferences?

TimeMachineEditor will do that automatically for you. Doing that just disables the default one-hour scheduler which is what you want since you will now be using TimeMachineEditor to schedule the backups.

Do I need to keep the application running or launch it at login time?

No. You just need to use the application when you want to change the settings.

How does TimeMachineEditor preserve/discard backups?

TimeMachineEditor does not change that, it is handled by Time Machine. Time Machine will coalesce and discard backups as described in the Time Machine system preference pane.

How do I uninstall TimeMachineEditor?

Use TimeMachineEditor one last time to turn it OFF, then just trash the application. Alternatively you can uninstall it by running the following command in a Terminal window:

> sudo /Library/TimeMachineEditor/uninstall.sh

Look at the Time Machine logs to get more information about Time Machine’s activity: