Internal database backup
Thread poster: CaroleTrad
Jan 3, 2011


Does anyone know where are the internal databases stored?
I'd like to be able to save these databases with a backup software (Time machine on Mac OSX).

Do I have to use Oracle or MySQL to get access to my databases? If yes, I'd need some advice because I'm definitely not in computers.

Swordfish answers all my expectations and I wish to buy it. Yet this question remains. I need to know if my databases (translation memories and glossaries) will be safe without having to export them everyday manually.

Thank you for your help.
Best regards,


Piotr Bienkowski  Identity Verified
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Swordfish support Jan 4, 2011

CaroleTrad wrote:


Does anyone know where are the internal databases stored?

Hi Carole,

I'm sure Rodolfo will tell you exactly where they are, but in the meantime why don't you join the ?


Piotr Bienkowski


Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Rather a Time Machine/Mac question, no? Jan 4, 2011

Hello Carole,
Time Machine will backup all the contents of your HD to e. g. Time Capsule (default settings: 1 backup per hour - see Time Machine's settings for further details). You don't need to select anything manually.

If you want to know where your databases are stored, you can search them by typing their name (without indicating any extension) in Spotlight. You can then hover over the names with your mouse to see where they have been placed on your HD.

Note that DBs typically consist of more than just one file.

You don't need to use Oracle or MySQL to access your DBs. Both of these would furthermore be useless if you have created your DBs with the internal format.

[Modifié le 2011-01-04 09:03 GMT]


Rodolfo Raya  Identity Verified
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Internal databases Jan 4, 2011


Internal databases are stored in "~\Library\Preferences\Maxprograms\berkeleydb"

Time Machine will backup your internal databases as they are in a path that the operating system preserves by default.

You don't need Oracle or MySQL unless you want to share your databases between two or more machines.



Thank you Jan 5, 2011

Thank you all for your quick answers.

I don't save my whole system with time machine but only my work. Thank you Rodolfo for your very precise information.

Going to join "swordfish_support".


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