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Canister takes the hassle out of 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 finally 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, all without activating the tape to prevent unneeded winding back and forth of your LTOs.


"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."

Browse and search all tapes, with Catalogs

Direct access to all your tapes without needing to mount them first - a Catalog is created for each tape Canister sees, and made available as a network mount that is indexed by Spotlight. All changes are tracked, all versions are kept, like a Time Machine.

Best of all, it doesn't require a database.


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 - to save them in separate geographical 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

Zero Driver Fuss

Managing drivers for LTFS is a nightmare. For some reason, HP, IBM, and Quantum all decided to roll their own version of LTFS, each with their own dependencies.

Canister detects which drivers you need, downloads the correct versions for you, and you're off to the races before you know it.

No Terminal

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.

Shoeshine Protection

Logs, Logs, Logs

With LTO, there's always a need for paperwork somewhere down the line. That's why Canister packs it all: Transfer Logs, Media Hash List, Manifests, and a very complete in-app Console. Because you never know what you need, until you need it.

Logs, Logs, Logs

No need for Terminal

LTO tends to make you feel like you took a deep plunge into the IT department. Everything that required you to resort to Terminal can now easily be done in Canister. Format, mount, erase - even Recovery is built-in, if you'd ever need it.

No Terminal

Starting from scratch?

Thinking about jumping on the LTO train? Our favorite LTO drives are mTapes. With Thunderbolt 3, you'll have no breakout box hassle. Available for LTO-6 and newer generations. Get Canister for free, with an mTape.

mTape Bundle

Trial License


Try Canister for 10 full days,
without any limitations.

Requires macOS 10.11 or newer.

Full License


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

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

Hedge & Canister bundle

Not already a Hedge user? Get the bundle, and cover all your bases between on-set and post-production copying, backing up, and archiving. Get Hedge + Canister for just $399.


Need a Canister upgrade?

Still on an older version of Canister, and missing out on all the new features like Catalog and Manifest? Contact us for an upgrade coupon: Upgrade to the latest Canister.


mTape LTFS Utility user?

Get all the goodness of its big brother Canister, like Catalogs, Shoeshine Protection, simultaneous archiving, and of course our unrivaled support. Save $50!