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tmutil

Utility for managing Time Machine backups. Most verbs require root privileges. More information: https://ss64.com/osx/tmutil.html.

  • Set a HFS+ drive as the backup destination:

sudo tmutil setdestination {{path/to/disk_mount_point}}

  • Set a APF share or SMB share as the backup destination:

sudo tmutil setdestination {{protocol://user[:password]@host/share}}

  • Append the given destination to the list of destinations:

sudo tmutil setdestination -a {{destination}}

  • Enable automatic backups:

sudo tmutil enable

  • Disable automatic backups:

sudo tmutil disable

  • Start a backup, if one is not running already, and release control of the shell:

sudo tmutil startbackup

  • Start a backup and block until the backup is finished:

sudo tmutil startbackup -b

  • Stop a backup:

sudo tmutil stopbackup