Local backups on time machine


It just occurred to me that in the last year I’ve rarely ever closed omnifocus, unless I need to reboot/update etc. it’s open pretty much 24/7.

I’ve never really thought about backups as I know there is always a copy on the omni server. However I just wondered if the program saves automatically whilst it is open and does time machine keep a copy of the last save?


Here’s an excerpt from the manual (available in OmniFocus for Mac at Help > OmniFocus Help) that should answer your question:

Restoring from a Backup

OmniFocus errs on the side of meticulous data preservation, automatically backing up your database once every two hours, in one of the following folders.

Omni store version:
~/Library/Containers/com.omnigroup.OmniFocus2/Data/Library/Application Support/OmniFocus/Backups/

Mac App Store version:
~/Library/Containers/com.omnigroup.OmniFocus2.MacAppStore/Data/Library/Application Support/OmniFocus/Backups/

OmniFocus keeps up to 100 backups of your database at a time, which comes to about 2 weeks worth if you run OmniFocus continuously (more for most people, since a backup can’t happen if OmniFocus isn’t open).

To restore a backed-up version of your database, choose Show Backups from the File menu, then double-click to choose a backup file to view. It’ll open in its own separate OmniFocus window so you can browse it and determine if it’s the one you want; if so, choose Revert to This Backup in the notice bar and it’ll replace your current database.


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