Backup software for filmmakers

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Canister takes the hassle
out of working with LTO.

“So easy, it's like LTO for Dummies!”

Keenan J. Mock, LightIron

True drag & drop archiving

Creating multiple tape archives is as simple as making one. Canister works with all standalone LTO drives, supports the newest LTFS drivers, and accepts all sources. Direct to tape? With Shoeshine Protection, it's now possible.


Browse & retrieve, without wear

Canister is full of technology to make sure tapes are taxed as little as possible. Browse your LTOs, cherrypick only that what you need to retrieve - preventing unneeded winding back and forth of your tape.


Illegal characters, solved.

No longer are you forced to work around LTFS' shortcomings. Canister handles any illegal character for you with URL encoding. Rocksolid, futureproof, and open to everyone.

Finally, there's that guarantee that you will always be able to access your tapes, with every app. No more vendor lock-ins, ever.

Illegal Characters

Simultaneous Archiving

Safety comes in numbers, so it's becoming more and more common to create multiple LTO copies at the same time - and save them in separate locations.

Like Hedge, Canister's foundation is built to be truly multi-device. Mix different drives all you like, without the lack of speed of older generations getting in the way of newer units.

Simultaneous Archiving

Shoeshine Protection

With LTO getting faster and faster, source media can quickly become a bottleneck. With regular copy methods, too slow sources shorten the lifespan of your tapes severely.

Canister's Shoeshine Protection actively manages supply and demand, resulting in one steady and continous data stream. This way, there will never be unnecessary starts and stops.

Shoeshine Protection

No need for the Terminal

Everything that required you to use Terminal for, can now easily be done in Canister. Format, mount, erase - even recovery is built in, if you'd ever need it.

Remember Finder triggering unwanted previews? Doesn't happen either.

No Terminal

"LTFS was meant to make backup to LTO easy, fast and intuitive. Canister is the first tape backup software that lives up to that promise."

Trial License


Try Canister for 10 full days,
without any limitations.

Requires macOS 10.11 or newer

Full License


A Canister license is permanent,
and includes 1 year of updates.

Additional years of updates cost
$99 and are never mandatory.