Generate, download and restore backups in cPanel

It’s always a good idea to have off-site backups of your site. cPanel Backup utility offers you the possibility to generate and save backups.

To generate and download a full account backup in cPanel:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account
  2. Go to Backup (FILES section)
  3. Click the button Download a Full Website Backup 
  4. Choose the Backup Destination and the Email Address if you want to receive a notification when the backups is finished.
  5. If you don’t want to receive the email notification, check Do not send email notification of backup completion option.
  6. Click the Generate Backup button. A message saying the backup was started will appear. Click the Go Back link.
  7. You will see a link to your backup file, like backup-4.26.2017_08-37-59_plothost.tar.gz (Wed Apr 26 08:37:59 2017). Click on it and save the file on your computer.
Please notice that you can generate full account backups, but you can’t restore them. If you need to restore a full backup please contact your host. They can restore it for you.

To download home directory/MySQL databases/email forwarders/email filters in cPanel:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account
  2. Go to Backup (FILES section)
  3. You will see the available downloads. Just lick on the their name and download them to your computer.

To restore home directory/MySQL databases/email forwarders/email filters in cPanel:

  1. Log in to your cPanel account
  2. Go to Backup (FILES section)
  3. Choose the backup from your computer you want to restore(the home directory backup, the MySQL backup, the email forwarders backup, the email filters backup). Click the Upload button.
  4. A new window will open and you will see the restoration process.
  5. Close the new window.
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Please notice that you can’t restore email accounts. Email accounts are present in the full backup archive, archive that can be restored only by your host.
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