Backup on Mac

Backup shortcuts locally on Mac, batch restore with minimum interaction


OS Compatibility
macOS Yes
iOS 15 No
iOS 14 No

Use this shortcut to backup all or some shortcuts in a folder on your Mac, or batch restore them with minimum user interaction.

  • Backups are stored locally in Documents → Backup on Mac folder.
  • Restore can be automated; no need to click ‘Add Shortcut’ (and then ‘Replace’ or ‘Keep Both’) for every shortcut. This is why the shortcut is Mac only.
  • Auto restore will bypass import questions, if any.
  • Shortcuts are restored in ‘All Shortcuts’ folder, in the same order as they were backed up.

Please make sure to turn on Shortcuts → Preferences → Advanced → Allow Running Scripts:

Allow running scripts

When you auto restore for the first time, you will get the ‘assistive access’ error:

Assistive access error

Click ‘OK’, go to System Preferences → Security & Privacy → Privacy → Accessibility, unlock the padlock at the bottom of the window, and turn on ‘siri​actions​d’ from the list:

Privacy accessibility

Command Mode

You can initiate backup from Terminal. For example, to backup a folder called My Projects, use the following command:

echo "b My Projects" | shortcuts run "Backup on Mac" -i -

To backup all shortcuts, use:

echo "b" | shortcuts run "Backup on Mac" -i -

In command mode, the shortcut will not check for an update and all alerts will be suppressed, useful for automatic/periodic backup.

Latest Release Notes

1.1 - Feb. 7, 2022, 11:41 a.m.

  • Added command mode for background backup
  • Small bug fixes

Version history