This is a retrying and queuing scheduler as well as a macOS tray icon for BorgBackup. If you are not on macOS, no tray icon will be displayed, but you can still use Borgend as a scheduler.

  • Designed with laptops in mind, Borgend works in “dreamtime”: on macOS the scheduler discounts system sleep periods from the backup intervals. If you wish, you can also choose “realtime” scheduling.

  • You can have multiple backups to the same repository; for example, you may backup a small subset of your files every couple of hours, and everything once a day or once a week. Borgend will ensure that only one backup is launched at a time, and queue the other one until the repository is available.

  • If there was an error, such as when you are offline and backup to a remote ssh location, Borgend will also retry the backup at set shorter intervals.

The lead author is Tuomo Valkonen (


You will need to install the following non-standard Python packages:

  • keyring to extract passphrases from the keychain
  • pyyaml for parse configuration files

The use the tray icon on macOS, you will need:

  • rumps (Ridiculously Uncomplicated macOS Python Statusbar apps)

If you are not on macOS, you will need:

  • xdg for configuration file location

With the dependencies satisfied, Borgend may be run with


To permanently authenticate Borgend to use the keychain, and therefore not have to enter the keychain password every time Borgend is launched, it is useful to create a standalone Mac app. This can be done with

To create the standalone app

python3 py2app

The app hould be placed under dist/. Copy it to your Applications directory, and set it up to launch on login.

Usage and configuration

Configuration file

See the included config.example.yaml, which shoud be relatively self-explanatory. The lists common_parameters, create_parameters, and prune_parameters are simply Borg command line key–value parameters, passed to it after expansion of environment variables.

Edit the sample configuration file and copy it to its proper location. On macOS this should be ~/Library/Application Support/borgend/config.yaml, and on other systems this will usually be ~/.config/borgend/config.yaml. You can find out the actual location by launching Borgend from the command line with the --help option.


Passphrases are stored in the OS X Keychain (or whatever the keyring package supports on other systems). In the Borgend configuration file, you only configure the ‘account’ of the of the password using keychain_account keyword of each backup set. The ‘service’ of the password has to be borg-backup. To add a password into the keychain for the myrepo ‘account’, you may use:

security add-generic-password -a myrepo -s borg-backup -w [PASSWORD]


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