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Database backup manager for dumping to and restoring databases from S3, Dropbox, FTP, and SFTP.

0.3.9 2014-09-12 12:52 UTC

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Last update: 2022-02-01 12:34:21 UTC


This repository has been completely removed and should NO LONGER be used. Find the new and improved version at Backup Manager.

Seriously, don't use this repo.

Database Backup Manager

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  • supports MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • compress with Gzip
  • framework-agnostic
  • dead simple configuration
  • optional integrations for MVC framework Laravel

This package is completely framework agnostic. Mitchell has put together a video tour of Laravel integration, to give you an idea what is possible with this package.

Table of Contents

Stability Notice

It's stable enough, you'll need to understand permissions.

This package is actively being developed and we would like to get feedback to improve it. Please feel free to submit feedback.

Quick and Dirty

Configure your databases.

// config/database.php
'development' => [
    'type' => 'mysql',
    'host' => 'localhost',
    'port' => '3306',
    'user' => 'root',
    'pass' => 'password',
    'database' => 'test',
'production' => [
    'type' => 'postgresql',
    'host' => 'localhost',
    'port' => '5432',
    'user' => 'postgres',
    'pass' => 'password',
    'database' => 'test',

Configure your filesystems.

// config/storage.php
'local' => [
    'type' => 'Local',
    'root' => '/path/to/working/directory',
's3' => [
    'type' => 'AwsS3',
    'key'    => '',
    'secret' => '',
    'region' => Aws\Common\Enum\Region::US_EAST_1,
    'bucket' => '',
    'root'   => '',
'rackspace' => [
    'type' => 'Rackspace',
    'username' => '',
    'key' => '',
    'container' => '',
    'zone' => '',
    'root' => '',
'dropbox' => [
    'type' => 'Dropbox',
    'key' => '',
    'secret' => '',
    'app' => '',
    'root' => '',
'ftp' => [
    'type' => 'Ftp',
    'host' => '',
    'username' => '',
    'password' => '',
    'root' => '',
    'port' => 21,
    'passive' => true,
    'ssl' => true,
    'timeout' => 30,
'sftp' => [
    'type' => 'Sftp',
    'host' => '',
    'username' => '',
    'password' => '',
    'root' => '',
    'port' => 21,
    'timeout' => 10,
    'privateKey' => '',

Backup to / restore from any configured database.

Backup the development database to Amazon S3. The S3 backup path will be test/backup.sql.gz in the end, when gzip is done with it.

$manager = require 'bootstrap.php';
$manager->makeBackup()->run('development', 's3', 'test/backup.sql', 'gzip');

Backup to / restore from any configured filesystem.

Restore the database file test/backup.sql.gz from Amazon S3 to the development database.

$manager = require 'bootstrap.php';
$manager->makeRestore()->run('s3', 'test/backup.sql.gz', 'development', 'gzip');

This package does not allow you to backup from one database type and restore to another. A MySQL dump is not compatible with PostgreSQL.


  • PHP 5.4
  • MySQL support requires mysqldump and mysql command-line binaries
  • PostgreSQL support requires pg_dump and psql command-line binaries
  • Gzip support requires gzip and gunzip command-line binaries



Run the following to include this via Composer

composer require heybigname/backup-manager

Then, you'll need to select the appropriate packages for the adapters that you want to use.

# to support s3
composer require league/flysystem-aws-s3-v2

# to support dropbox
composer require league/flysystem-dropbox

# to support rackspace
composer require league/flysystem-rackspace

# to support sftp
composer require league/flysystem-sftp


Once installed, the package must be bootstrapped (initial configuration) before it can be used. If you're using Laravel then skip directly to the Laravel integration section.

We've provided a native PHP example here.

The required bootstrapping can be found in the example here.


The backup manager is easy to integrate into your favorite frameworks. We've included Laravel integration. We're definitely accepting pull-requests.


To install into a Laravel project, first do the composer install then add the following class to your config/app.php service providers list.


Then, publish and modify the configuration file to suit your needs.

php artisan config:publish heybigname/backup-manager --path=vendor/heybigname/backup-manager/config

The Backup Manager will make use of Laravel's database configuration.

IoC Resolution

Manager can be automatically resolved through constructor injection thanks to Laravel's IoC container.

use BigName\BackupManager\Manager;

public function __construct(Manager $manager) {
    $this->manager = $manager;

It can also be resolved manually from the container.

$manager = App::make('BigName\BackupManager\Manager');

Artisan Commands

There are three commands available db:backup, db:restore and db:list.

All will prompt you with simple questions to successfully execute the command.

Contribution Guidelines

We recommend using the vagrant configuration supplied with this package for development and contribution. Simply install VirtualBox, Vagrant, and Ansible then run vagrant up in the root folder. A virtualmachine specifically designed for development of the package will be built and launched for you.

When contributing please consider the following guidelines:

  • please conform to the code style of the project, it's essentially PSR-2 with a few differences.
    1. The NOT operator when next to parenthesis should be surrounded by a single space. if ( ! is_null(...)) {.
    2. Interfaces should NOT be suffixed with Interface, Traits should NOT be suffixed with Trait.
  • All methods and classes must contain docblocks.
  • Ensure that you submit tests that have minimal 100% coverage.
  • When planning a pull-request to add new functionality, it may be wise to submit a proposal to ensure compatibility with the project's goals.


This package is maintained by Mitchell van Wijngaarden and Shawn McCool of Big Name


This package is licensed under the MIT license.