PHP Backup utility.

3.1.3 2016-04-17 11:48 UTC


PHP Backup Utility

PHPBU is a php framework that creates and encrypts backups, syncs your backups to other servers or cloud services and assists you monitor your backup creation.

Get detailed information about all the features and a 'getting started' tutorial at the PHPBU Website.

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  • Creating backups
    • ArangoDB
    • Directories
    • Elasticsearch
    • MongoDB
    • MySQL
    • Percona XtraBackup
    • PostgreSQL
    • Redis
  • Validate backups
    • Check min size
    • Comparing with previous backups
  • Encrypting backups
    • mcrypt
    • openssl
  • Sync backups to other locations
    • Amazon s3
    • Dropbox
    • rsync
    • SFTP
    • FTP
    • Softlayer
  • Cleanup your backup location
    • Delete backups older x
    • Store only x MB of backups
    • Keep only last x backups


  • PHP 5.4+
    • ext/curl
    • ext/dom
    • ext/json
    • ext/spl
  • POSIX Shell
    • tar
    • bzip2 or gzip


You can download a PHP Archive (PHAR) that bundles everything you need to run PHPBU in a single file.

wget http://phar.phpbu.de/phpbu.phar
chmod +x phpbu.phar
php phpbu.phar --version

For convenience, you can move the PHAR to a directory that is in your PATH.

mv phpbu.phar /usr/local/bin/phpbu
phpbu --version

Installing PHPBU via Composer is also supported.

  "require": {
    "phpbu/phpbu": "3.1.*"


phpbu [option]

  --bootstrap=<file>     A "bootstrap" PHP file that is included before the backup.
  --configuration=<file> A phpbu xml config file.
  --colors               Use colors in output.
  --debug                Display debugging information during backup generation.
  --simulate             Perform a trial run with no changes made.
  -h, --help             Print this usage information.
  -v, --verbose          Output more verbose information.
  -V, --version          Output version information and exit.

Usage Examples

$ phpbu

This requires a valid XML PHPBU configuration file (phpbu.xml or phpbu.xml.dist) in your current working directory. Alternatively, you can specify the path to your configuration file.

$ phpbu --configuration=backup/config.xml


Simple configuration example:

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
  <phpbu xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
        <!-- source -->
        <source type="mysqldump">
          <option name="databases" value="mydbname"/>
          <option name="user" value="user.name"/>
          <option name="password" value="topsecret"/>
        <!-- where should the backup be stored -->
        <target dirname="backup/mysql"