I would like to be able to run a bash script just before Time Machine runs, every time This script generates some content to be written on a file which needs to be backed up by TM.

I have looked around, but surprisingly no one seemed to have asked this before. Any idea?


That's not possible as far as I know. There aren't any real “hooks” into Time Machine.

However, you can do something nearly as good: you can disable the automatic backups that Time Machine does and run it manually instead:





tmutil startbackup --block --auto

exit 0

Note this bit from man tmutil

The --auto option provides a supported mechanism with which to trigger "automatic-like" backups, similar to automatic backups that are scheduled by the system. While this is not identical to true system-scheduled backups, it provides custom schedulers the ability to achieve some (but not all) behavior normally exhibited when operating in automatic mode.

It is not clear to me what the difference is, but it's worth noting that one exists.

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