How to Migrate to a New Mac
March 29, 2022 — Eric Böhnisch-Volkmann
There’s always something new and shiny coming from Cupertino. And with a new computer comes the inevitable question, “How do I move my DEVONthink to my new Mac?” Here is how to manually migrate to a new Mac.
On the old machine…
- Quit DEVONthink.
- In the Finder, select the Go menu while holding the Option key, then choose Library.
- Go into the Application Support folder and copy the folder DEVONthink 3 to an external drive.
- Do a Spotlight search for
kind:database name:dtBase2, or
name:dtSparseif you’re using encrypted databases. Select Show All in Finder in the results to see all the DEVONthink databases you have. (Ignore Inbox.dtBase2 if it appears in the results.)
- Copy these files to the external drive.
- If you have custom scripts you’ve written or installed, copy also the ~/Library/Application Scripts/com.devon-technologies.think3 folder to the external drive.
- Properly eject the external drive and connect it to your shiny new Mac.
On the new machine…
If you haven’t installed DEVONthink yet, download a new installer from our website. Then unzip the file, open the disk image, and install DEVONthink into the /Applications folder.
- In the Finder on the new machine, select the Go menu while holding the Option key, then choose Library.
- From the external drive, copy the DEVONthink 3 folder to the Application Support folder. If you’ve already opened DEVONthink once on the new Mac, allow overwriting the existing directory when prompted.
- Copy the com.devon-technologies.think3 directory to ~/Library/Application Scripts, if needed.
- Move the database files from the external drive to the Databases folder in your new home directory.
- Double-click each database file to open it in DEVONthink.
Note: These instructions are assuming you’re importing, not indexing, files into your databases. If you are indexing files, you’ll have to locate and move those items between machines independently.