The Backup interface allows you to download and store your site in a backup file. This interface also allows you to restore your website from a backup file. Note:
- Newer users may prefer to use the Backup Wizard interface (cPanel >> Home >> Files >> Backup Wizard).
- The system stores backup files as tarballs that use the
- Some settings only appear if your hosting provider’s server profile enables them.
In this section, click Download a Full Web Site Backup to create, download, or store a full backup file. The Generate a Full Backup interface will appear. Important:
- You cannot use a full backup file to restore your website through the cPanel interface. Contact your hosting provider for assistance.
- You must decompress the backup file before you attempt to restore it.
- After you decompress the backup file, you can upload and restore individual portions of your website that the full backup file contains.
- The backup process for an account near or over its quota may fail because the system cannot write necessary files, such as a database lock file.
Generate a Full Backup
To create a new full backup, perform the following steps:
- Select a storage setting from the Backup Destination menu:
- Home Directory — Select this setting to save the backup file on the server.
- Remote FTP Server — Select this setting to use FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
- Remote FTP Server (passive mode transfer) — Select this setting to use passive FTP to store the backup file on a remote server.
- Secure Copy (SCP) — Select this setting to use secure copy protocol (SCP) to store the backup file on a remote server.
- Select a notification setting:
- To receive a notification when the backup finishes, enter your email address in the available text box.
- If you do not wish to receive a notification, select Do not send email notification of backup completion.
- If you selected Remote FTP Server, Remote FTP Server (passive mode transfer), or Secure Copy (SCP) from the Backup Destination menu, enter the remote destination’s information in the available text boxes.
- Click Generate Backup.
To download an existing full backup file to your computer, select the desired backup file’s filename from the Account Backups menu. Note:
The backup file uses the
backup-MM-DD-YYYY format, where
MM is the month,
DD is the day, and
YYYY is the four-digit year.
Partial backup files store individual sections of your account.
Download a partial backup
To download a specific item, click the desired items. This method downloads the backup file as a
.gz file to your computer. Warning:
The Email Filters backup files only store the domain account-level email filters from the
/etc/vfilters/$domain file. The backup file does not store user account-level email filters.
Restore a partial backup
To use a partial backup to restore a portion of your website, perform the following steps:
- Click Choose File under the appropriate heading. For example, to restore a MySQL® database, click Choose File under the Restore a MySQL Database heading.
- Select the backup file from your computer.
- Click Upload to restore that portion of your website.
Home Directory backup file contents
When you back up your
/home directory, the backup file includes the following files:
- All of the files that you own.
- Files that you do not own, but can access.
Backup files do not include files from your
/home directory that you do not own and cannot access.
To exclude certain files and directories from a backup file, place a configuration file in your
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