Create/Restore a backup of your account in DirectAdmin

This KB article is for DirectAdmin for shared hosting (end-users).

You should backup your site from time to time. Also, it’s a good idea to download these backup copies to your computer.

DirectAdmin Backup/Restore Account
DirectAdmin Backup/Restore Account Window


To backup your account in DirectAdmin:

  1. Login to DirectAdmin
  2. Look for Create/Restore Backups option
  3. Select the things you want to include in the backup (like email accounts, email data etc)
  4. Click the Create Backup button. You will see a message Backup creation added to queue. You will receive a message via the DirectAdmin Message System when the backup creation is done with the subject Your backups are now ready
  5. You will also see the backup archive in the /backups/ directory of your domain. (example: backup-Jun-18-2017-1.tar.gz)

To restore a backup archive of your account in DirectAdmin:

  1. Login to DirectAdmin
  2. Look for Create/Restore Backups option
  3. Scroll down to the Select a File to Restore section
  4. Select a backup archive from the drop-down list.
  5. Click the Select Restore Options  button
  6. Select the things you want to restore (like email accounts, email data etc)
  7. Click the Restore Selected Items button. When done you will see a confirmation message: Restore Complete.

On the Backup/Restore Backups page there is also a link Click here for a list of your current backups. Click on it to go directly to the file manager-> /backups/directory.

Items that are available to backup/restore:

Website Data
Domains Directory: Backs up all user files for all domains
Subdomain Lists: Backs up the list of subdomains for each domain
E-Mail Accounts List for all domains (names and passwords)
E-Mail Data: Includes the messages from the Inbox, IMAP Folders, and webmail data.
E-Mail Settings: Includes the filters and the catchall address.
Forwarders: Includes all forwarding addresses.
Autoresponders: Includes all autoresponders and messages.
Vacation Messages: Includes all vacation messages and times.
Mailing Lists: Includes the list, digest-list and archives.
Ftp Accounts
Ftp Settings
Database Settings: Backs up all DB Users and DB Settings
Database Data: If ‘Databases’ is selected, include the actual DB data

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