Recently I remembered that I had this little handy script that I used to backup my WordPress blog. The script contains only 2 actual commands.
I used nice while compressing / uncompressing the files to avoid CPU throttling since my blog is running on a shared hosting server.
This WordPress backup script doesn’t work without user interaction since it needs you to enter the password.
mysqldump -u <username> -p <database>: dump the database contents nice -n <niceness> <command>: run the command in specified niceness gzip -f: compress stdin on the fly and output zcat -f <filename>: uncompress the file and send it to output tar czf <output file> <input files>: create a gzipped tarball tar xzf wp-file-backup.tar.gz -C <directory>: extract gzipped tarball into the specified directory mysql -p <database>: Run the commands coming in from stdin inside the database
Note: Don’t forget to change username, database and directory for the files.
#!/bin/bash # Backup MySQL database and compress with max niceness mysqldump -u omer -p wordpress | nice -n 19 gzip -f > wp-db-backup.sql.gz echo "Database backup done" # Backup Files # Change directory to where wordpress is contained cd public_html # Create a gzipped tarball containing only wordpress files with max niceness nice -n 19 tar czf ../wp-file-backup.tar.gz wp-* xmlrpc.php index.php .htaccess echo "File backup done"
Running the script
Save the file as backup-wp.sh and execute it using the following:
Restoring from backup
These commands can be used to restore from backup. I didn’t actually put them in a script since it is more likely that you will need a partial restore.
Note 1: While database is being restored all the tables will be dropped and re-imported.
Note 2: Don’t forget to change username, database and directory for the files.
# Restore the database nice -n 19 zcat -f wp-db-backup.sql.gz | mysql -p wordpress # Restore the files nice -n 19 tar xzf wp-file-backup.tar.gz -C public_html
2 thoughts on “WordPress Backup Script”
how to backup wordpress locally on my computer?
I’m just getting started installing wordpress locally so I can work on it before sending it live, and I just wanted to know how can I backup everything locally once I start working on it.
Are you on Windows? If you have phpMyAdmin you can look at that to back up your database.