PHP Backup utility.

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PHP Backup Utility

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

Get an in depth look into all the features and a short 'getting started' tutorial at the PHPBU Website.

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If you are not using php 7.2 or greater already you can still use phpbu version 5.2.10
If you are behind php 7.0 you can still use phpbu version 4.0.10


  • Creating backups
    • ArangoDB
    • Directories
    • Elasticsearch
    • InfluxDB
    • Ldap
    • MongoDB
    • MySQL
    • Percona XtraBackup
    • PostgreSQL
    • Redis
  • Compress backups
    • bzip2
    • gzip
    • xz
    • zip
  • Validate backups
    • Check min size
    • Comparing with previous backups
  • Encrypting backups
    • mcrypt
    • openssl
  • Sync backups to other locations
    • Amazon s3
    • Azure Blob
    • Dropbox
    • FTP
    • Google Drive
    • OpenStack
    • rsync
    • SFTP
    • Softlayer
    • Yandex Disk
  • Cleanup your local backup
    • Delete backups older x
    • Store only x MB of backups
    • Keep only last x backups
    • Keep less backups for more distant past
  • Writing backup reports
    • Text file
    • Json file
    • Mail
    • Prometheus
    • Telegram
    • Webhook


  • PHP >= 7.2
    • 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.

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

Using PHIVE to install PHPBU.

phive install phpbu

Installing PHPBU via Composer is also supported.

  "require": {
    "phpbu/phpbu": "^6.0"


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.
  --generate-configuration Create a new configuration skeleton.
  --limit=<subset>         Limit backup execution to a subset.
  --simulate               Perform a trial run with no changes made.
  --restore                Print a restore guide.
  -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. An important thing to note is that all path inside the configuration should be absolute or relative to the configuration file itself.

$ phpbu --configuration=backup/config.xml

Use the --limit option to execute only a subset of your configured backups.

$ phpbu --limit=myAppDB

A dry run without any actual impact is executed with the --simulate option.

$ phpbu --simulate

To show a guide how to restore your backup use the --restore option.

$ phpbu --restore

Configuration Example

Simple configuration example:

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