47143: Acronis True Image: How to run backups from Command Line

Introduction

This article describes how to run existing Acronis True Image backup tasks from command line.

Prerequisites

You need to have a configured backup job in True Image graphical user interface (GUI) before you can run it from command line. It is not possible to configure a new backup job from scratch from command line or modify settings of already set up tasks.

Solution

Instructions for Acronis True Image 2019:

(!) The command to run backups should be executed under an administrator account with elevated privileges (right-click on Command Prompt and select "Run as administrator" option).

The command has the following format, where TASK_ID is the unique identifier of the backup that you want to run:

Windows 64-bit:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"TASK_ID"

Windows 32-bit:
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"TASK_ID"

Examples:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"3FC4993A-75B4-42B7-916A-2DEBD7872C05"
"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"967A0E83-63C4-4ADA-B4D5-7871F8E9D8FF"

How to get TASK_ID:

  1. Notice the name of the backup that you want to run:
  2. Open the folder C:\ProgramData\Acronis\TrueImageHome\Scripts
    Note: the folder C:\ProgramData is hidden and you may need to enable displaying hidden files and folders in Control Panel - Appearance and Personalization - File Explorer Options - View - Show hidden files, folders and drives to see it.
  3. Open each file in that folder in a text editor, e.g. Notepad, until you find the file with the backup name in between <display> and </display> on the 5th line:
  4. Copy everything in between <uuid> and </uuid> on the line above that. This is the TASK_ID:
  5. In our example the TASK_ID is 6DA340A2-FD64-4F2B-AC62-8A4F2F37CB96, meaning that the full command to run the backup task "Downloads" on a 64-bit Windows would  be the following:
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"6DA340A2-FD64-4F2B-AC62-8A4F2F37CB96"

    If we were on 32-bit Windows, the command would be:
    "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Acronis\TrueImageHome\TrueImageHomeNotify.exe" /script:"6DA340A2-FD64-4F2B-AC62-8A4F2F37CB96"

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