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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 that one day will go corrupt.


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

Checkpoint verification

No archive is useful if it hasn't been fully verified to contain what it should, so you can safely delete the original if needed.

With Checkpoint's Archiving engine on-board, Canister verifies every bit it copied with XXH64BE checksums. Need MD5 for legacy workflows? No problem either.


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

Duplicate Detection

With projects taking weeks or even months to complete, archiving that what changed regularly is a necessity for many.

Canister has duplicate detection built into its core, making it possible to do those incremental backups without any additional ado.

Duplicate Detection


Archiving more than will fit on a single tape? Canister's spanning engine keeps track of your files across multiple tapes. Just start archiving to the first tape, add a Label, and Canister will tell you when it needs a new tape. Rinse, repeat, until done.


Zero Driver Fuss

Managing drivers for LTFS is a nightmare, because each LTO manufacturer has its own version.

Canister’s Preflight Checks detect which drivers you need, downloads the correct versions for you, and you’re off to the races before you know it.

Zero Driver Fuss

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 Lists, 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

Trial License


Try Canister for a full 10 days,
without any restrictions.

Requires macOS 10.12 or newer.

Perpetual License


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

Additional years of updates cost
$149 and are never mandatory.

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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 or mLogic's LTFS Utility? You're missing out on a lot. Contact us for an upgrade coupon.