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Keep your application settings in sync (OS X/Linux)



Keep your application settings in sync.

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If you have Dropbox installed and want to use it to save your config files, that's super easy.

On OS X, if you want an easy install, you can install Homebrew and do:

# Install Mackup
brew install mackup

# Launch it and back up your files
mackup backup

If not running OS X, or you don't like Homebrew, you can use PIP:

# Install Mackup with PIP
pip install mackup

# Launch it and back up your files
mackup backup

You're all set, and constantly backuped from now on.

Next, on any new workstation, do:

# Install Mackup
brew install mackup

# Launch it and restore your files
mackup restore

Done !

You can find more detailed instructions in


mackup backup

Backup your application settings.

mackup restore

Restore your application settings on a newly installed workstation.

mackup uninstall

Copy back any synced config file to its original place.

mackup list

Display the list of applications supported by Mackup.

mackup -h

Get some help, obvious...

What does it do

  • Backups your application settings in a safe directory (e.g. Dropbox)
  • Syncs your application settings among all your workstations
  • Restores your configuration on any fresh install in one command line

By only tracking pure configuration files, it keeps the crap out of your freshly new installed workstation (No cache, temporary and locally specific files are transfered).

It also helps you spend more time doing real cool stuff, and less time setting up your environment.

Bullsh*t, what does it really do to my files

Let's take git as an example. Your settings for git are saved in your home folder, in the .gitconfig file.


If you have Dropbox, when you launch mackup backup, here's what it's really doing:

  1. cp ~/.gitconfig ~/Dropbox/Mackup/.gitconfig
  2. rm ~/.gitconfig
  3. ln -s ~/Dropbox/Mackup/.gitconfig ~/.gitconfig

Now your git config is always backup and up to date on all your workstations.


When you launch mackup restore, here's what it's really doing:

  1. ln -s ~/Dropbox/Mackup/.gitconfig ~/.gitconfig

That's it, you got your git config setup on your new workstation.

mackup does the same for any supported application.


You can revert all your files to their original state.

# Just run this
mackup uninstall

This will move back any file from Dropbox to its original place in your home folder and destroy the Mackup folder in Dropbox.

Supported Storages

See the README file in the doc directory for more info.

Supported Applications

Can you support application X

We can with your help ;)

Why did you do this

Yesterday, I had a talk with Zach Zaro, complaining about the pain it is to reconfigure our Macbook each time we get a new one or install from scratch. That's a talk we already had months ago.

I change my workstation every X months. Each time I either loose the configuration of all the apps I use, or I just waste a bunch of hours getting setup like I was on my old box. I also spent a lot of time reconfiguring the same stuff again on all my workstations (home, work)


Some people tried to solve the problem on the application layer, like Github's Boxen, but I feel like it solves a non problem: I don't really spend time installing stuff, mostly downloading: I spend time configuring it.

For years, I've used a personnal shell script that was copying known config files into Subversion, Git or Dropbox, and linked them into my home. But I felt a lot of us had the same problem: Making a more generic tool could help others and I could get help from others to support more apps in the tool.

So here comes Mackup, the little tool that will sync all your application configs to Dropbox (or Google Drive, or anything).

And it's GPL of course.

What platform is supported

  • OS X
  • GNU/Linux

What's up with the weird name

Mackup is just a contraction of Mac and Backup, I suck at naming stuff, ok.

Where can I find more information

In the doc directory.