How to Restore a File Backup

Restore a file backup on your server or VPS.

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Written by Islam Essam
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This is a quick example of how to restore an example directory: /var/www on your server.

Step 1

Create a file backup for /var/www (as an example).

Step 2

Go to your backup page, then select the "Logs" tab. Afterwards, click the little "( i )" on the right next to the copy you want to download.

Download Your Backup

A) Automated Restore Option

Step A3

Under the backup restore section on the modal that just popped up, you will find a section called "Restore command", this is a single-line command that allows you to restore your backup on your server (or VPS). Copy it.


Step A4

On your server, run the previous command and follow the wizard which will ask you where you want to extract your backup, and ask you for the encryption key if that backup was encrypted.

B) Manual Restore Option

Step B3

Under the backup restore section on the modal that just popped up, click on "Click to generate a signed download link" then copy the resulting link

Step B4

On your server, run the following command, and use the signed download link you obtained in the previous step (ensure you enclose it in double quotes as shown):

wget "PasteTheSignedDownloadLinkHereBetweenTheQuotes" -O "backup.tar.gz"

Step B5

Now that you downloaded the backup on your server, restore it as shown below by running:

tar --overwrite -xvf backup.tar.gz --directory /var/www

Note: this will overwrite your /var/www  directory by the one in the backup archive. It is a good practice to extract the backup in a temp folder first and inspect it.

If you need any help in any of these steps, let us know and we can help you with the restore.

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