Carbon Copy Cloner: see last back up date

CCC Last Backup Service

If you’re a user of Bombich Software’s excellent Carbon Copy Cloner but you’re not doing backups as scheduled tasks, you may wish there was a way to find out the last time you successfully completed a backup task.

Unfortunately, CCC doesn’t provide an easy way for users to see this information natively, but in this post we’re going to add it through a bit of AppleScript and Automator magic.

As it turns out, CCC does keep a log of all your past backup details stashed away in a CCC.log file buried in your local domain’s Library folder. You can view this file in Console, but it’s a bit of a pain. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you could just hit a hotkey like ‘Command-Control-C’, say (you know, for ‘CCC’ 🙂 ), and get a dialog box like this:

CCC Last Backup date
If you think so too, then download my Automator workflow:

For Lion, Mountain Lion and Mavericks:
Download for 10.7.5 thru 10.9.2 📀

For Snow Leopard:
Download for 10.6.8 💿

Double-click on the .zip file and double click again on the unzipped workflow file. You’ll get a warning message saying that you’ve downloaded the file from the internet (from me, actually!). After clicking ‘Open’ to dismiss the warning, for all users except 10.6, click ‘Install’ on the the following dialog box:

Install workflow

After clicking ‘Install’, click ‘Done’ to dismiss the confirmation dialog box that pops up.

For those of you running Snow Leopard (10.6.8), after clicking ‘Open’ the workflow should open in Automator. Hit ‘command-S’ to save it as a Service.

For all users, if you now click up to any application name next to the  Apple near the top left of your screen (see the screenshot at the top of this post) and scroll down to ‘Services’ you should see the new Service already there. If you don’t, try logging out and logging back in to your user account.

Once you can see the workflow in the Services menu, go ahead and give it a click to test it out. 🙂

A couple of notes on usage:

Carbon Copy Cloner does not have to be open for the Service to work.

The date format display is YYYY-MM-DD.

If you want to add a shortcut key as suggested earlier, open up System Preferences > Keyboard and click the ‘Shortcuts’ tab. Down the sidebar you should see ‘Services’. Click on that and scroll way down to the bottom till you see the name of the Service. Click ‘Add Shortcut’ and hit the keys you want to use. I like ‘command-control-C’ as it’s an easy mnemonic for ‘Carbon-Copy-Cloner’.


About philastokes

Independent Software Developer, Technical Writer and Researcher at SentinelOne. Explaining the unexplainable with images, video and text. Scripting anything imaginable in AppleScript, Bash, Python and Swift.

Posted on April 7, 2014, in AppleScript, Automator, Console, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, OS X Lion, Scripts, Snow Leopard, Time Machine and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Dave, please ensure your download the version for 10.6.8 and note that in the post above there are specific instructions for 10.6.8. From your description it sounds as if its working as it should. Basically, when you see it open in Automator, hit ‘Command-S’ to save it as a service, then go and see if you can find Finder > Services > CCC Last Backup command in the services menu at top-left of your Desktop.

    Please note that this workflow doesn’t work with the newer, paid version of CCC (it’s also unnecessary as last backup information is available from the CCC status bar menu icon).

  2. This is a wonderful idea but unfortunately it doesn’t work for me as described above. When I open the CCC Last Backup file I get a window showing the Automator program. I do not get the Service Installer window or the CCC Last Backup window as pictured above. There are lots of things listed in the library list inside the Automator program, but CCC Last Backup is not on that list. Some code is displayed in the Automator window, but there is no indication of what it does. I’m using OS X 10.6.8.
    It would be great if someone could fix this so it worked as described. It would be even better if it displayed a short list of the last several backups (~ 4-6).
    Thanks for any tips if there is a way to install this on the Services list!

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