Admin interface for managing backups in Backpack, on Laravel 5.2+

v3.0.4 2022-01-19 08:26 UTC


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An admin interface for spatie/laravel-backup. Allows the admin to easily manage backups (download and delete). Used in the Backpack package, on Laravel 5.2+ to 9.

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  1. In your terminal
# Install the package
composer require backpack/backupmanager

# Publish the config file and lang files:
php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Backpack\BackupManager\BackupManagerServiceProvider"  --tag=config

# [optional] Add a sidebar_content item for it
php artisan backpack:add-sidebar-content "<li class='nav-item'><a class='nav-link' href='{{ backpack_url('backup') }}'><i class='nav-icon la la-hdd-o'></i> Backups</a></li>"
  1. Add a new "disk" to config/filesystems.php:
        // used for Backpack/BackupManager
        'backups' => [
            'driver' => 'local',
            'root'   => storage_path('backups'), // that's where your backups are stored by default: storage/backups

This is where you choose a different driver if you want your backups to be stored somewhere else (S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, etc).

  1. [optional] Modify your backup options in config/backup.php, then run php artisan backup:run to make sure it's still working.

  2. [optional] Instruct Laravel to run the backups automatically in your console kernel:

// app/Console/Kernel.php

protected function schedule(Schedule $schedule)
  1. Check that it works

If the "unknown error" yellow bubble is thrown and you see the "Backup failed because The dump process failed with exitcode 127 : Command not found." error in the log file, either mysqldump / pg_dump is not installed or you need to specify its location.

You can do that in your config/database.php file, where you define your database credentials, by adding the dump variables. Example for Mac OS X's MAMP:

'mysql' => [
            'driver'            => 'mysql',
            'host'              => env('DB_HOST', 'localhost'),
            'database'          => env('DB_DATABASE', 'forge'),
            'username'          => env('DB_USERNAME', 'forge'),
            'password'          => env('DB_PASSWORD', ''),
            'charset'           => 'utf8',
            'collation'         => 'utf8_unicode_ci',
            'prefix'            => '',
            'strict'            => false,
            'engine'            => null,
            'dump' => [
               'dump_binary_path' => '/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/', // only the path, so without `mysqldump` or `pg_dump`; this is a working example from MAMP on Mac OS
               'timeout' => 60 * 5, // 5 minute timeout
               // 'exclude_tables' => ['table1', 'table2'],
               // 'add_extra_option' => '--optionname=optionvalue',


Point and click, baby. Point and click.

Try at your-project-domain/admin/backup

Upgrading from 2.x to 3.x

Change your required version to "backpack/backupmanager": "^3.0", and run composer update. There are no breaking changes just icons that are show using la la-icon instead of fa fa-icon.

Upgrading from 1.2.x to 1.3.x

  1. change your required version to "backpack/backupmanager": "^1.3", and run composer update;
  2. delete the old config file (too many changes, including namechange): rm config/laravel-backup.php
  3. republish the config files: php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Backpack\BackupManager\BackupManagerServiceProvider"
  4. change your db configuration in config/database.php to use the new dump configuration (all options in one array; the example below is for MAMP on MacOS):
            'dump' => [
               'dump_binary_path' => '/Applications/MAMP/Library/bin/', // only the path, so without `mysqldump` or `pg_dump`
               'timeout' => 60 * 5, // 5 minute timeout
               // 'exclude_tables' => ['table1', 'table2'],
               // 'add_extra_option' => '--optionname=optionvalue',
  1. Create a backup in the interface to test it works. If it doesn't try php artisan backup:run to see what the problem is.

Upgrading from 1.1.x to 1.2.x

  1. change your required version to "backpack/backupmanager": "^1.2",;
  2. the only breaking change is that the config/database.php dump variables are now inside an array. Please see the step 8 above, copy-paste the dump array from there and customize;

Change log

Please see CHANGELOG for more information what has changed recently.


$ composer test


Please see CONTRIBUTING for details.

Overwriting Functionality

If you need to modify how this works in a project:

  • create a routes/backpack/backupmanager.php file; the package will see that, and load your routes file, instead of the one in the package;
  • create controllers/models that extend the ones in the package, and use those in your new routes file;
  • modify anything you'd like in the new controllers/models;


If you discover any security related issues, please email instead of using the issue tracker.

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