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How to back up your Magento 1 store

How to back up your Magento 1 store

But first...

  • Magento backs up files in the .gz format. The .tgz format is used for system, database, and media backups.
  • Backup files are stored in the var/bakcups directory for your Magento file system.
  • Files stored in the /var/cache, /var/log, and /var/report folders are exempt.


Creating a single backup

  1. From the Magento Admin Panel, select System > Tools > Backups.

  2. Select your desired backup type: SystemBackup, Database and Media Backup, or DatabaseBackupSystem Backup creates a backup of the database and file system. The other two options are self-explanatory. 

  3. Read the warning, then click OK when ready.

  4. If you chose System Backup, skip to Step 4b. Otherwise go to Step 4a.
    1. Specify a Backup Name. If desired, select the Put store on the maintenance mode while in backup creation check box. Click OK when ready.

    2. Specify a Backup Name. If desired, select the Put store on the maintenance mode while in backup creation check box. If desired, select the Exclude media folder from backup check box. Click OK when ready.

  5. You may view backups at any time by following Step 1. To delete a backup, select the corresponding check box, select Delete from the Actions drop-down menu, then click Submit.

Scheduling regular backups

  1. From the Magento Admin Panel, select System > Configuration.

  2. In the Configuration menu on the left, scroll to the ADVANCED menu, then select System.

  3. Expand the Scheduled Backup Settings section. From the Enable Scheduled Backup drop-down list, select Yes. Designate your desired Backup TypeStart Time, and Frequency. If you wish to put your store into maintenance mode during these backups, select Yes from the Maintenance Mode drop-down list. Click Save Config when done.

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