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PHP automatic file and database backup script

This is a pure php implementation of a php backup script. So it should work fine on windows and linux. But its not suited for takeing very large backups.

I just wrote it cause most of the script i saw offered file or database backup and broke down to usage of exec  and unix commands , for which i had to contact hosting.

Some basic features -

  • File and Directory backup
  • Multiple database/table sql backup
  • Backup email


The script is supposed to be called using automatically using CRON , and the backup folder in which backup it taken should be writable.All you have to do is run backup.php .

Edit config.php before use. Released under GNU GPL license.

116 Responses to “PHP automatic file and database backup script”


  • I am trying to use the file on a go daddy account which states that I must use this scrit and compile a file

    /web/cgi-bin/php5 “$/home/content/17/6001617/html/test.php5.ini”

    i get theses errors after config change, how do i remedy them:
    Thanks for your help,

    Wrina

    ERROR:::
    /web/cgi-bin/php5: /usr/local/lib/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /web/cgi-bin/php5)
    /web/cgi-bin/php5: Symbol `client_errors’ has different size in shared object, consider re-linking
    Content-type: text/html

    Parse error: syntax error, unexpected ‘/’ in /home/content/17/6001617/html/_db_backups/Backup45/config.php on line 3

  • BTW – godaddy. said i would have to create a php5.ini file, (no prob, but which parameters???

  • Hey, This thread is sooo old but this script mostly still works and ranks very well in google! Please please can you reply??

    I got the script running, backs up MySQL fine, creates a ZIP file fine and puts the MySQL into it. The Zip is saying that its 150mb which is about the size it should be with my sites files in it. However no files! just the 1,233kb sql dump… Any idea’s? im running on a dedicated windows server 2008, apache,

    Many thanks!
    Will

  • often had problems running scripts of this type on hostgator. Any good recomendation for script friendly web hosting?

  • THX SO MUCH ! YOU SAVED ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • How would I take out the SQL backup?

    I have a site that has about 9 folders and 100 files that I would like to keep backed up but I get an error would out the date base.

  • Thank you! You saved me lot’s of time!

  • Hello,

    thank you!

    That’s exactly what I need.

    Cheers!
    Daniel

  • Here my patch for you for “backupScript_0-2.zip”:

    The aim: if a user has an utf-8 database he/she shall be able to configure this in config.php .

    into file functions.php / function _Connect() :
    ———
    directly after “$this->link_id = mysql_connect($host, $this->username, $this->password);”:

    if ($this->useUtf8)
    {
    mysql_query(“SET NAMES utf8″);
    }

    ———

    into file functions.php :
    ———
    directly under “var $database = ”;”

    var $useUtf8 = false;
    ———

    into file backup.php :
    ———
    directly under “$backup->database = $db['database'];” :

    $backup->useUtf8 = $db['useUtf8'];
    ———

    and use it in the config-file:
    ———
    directly under ” ‘database’ => ‘database’” :

    ‘useUtf8′ => true,
    ———

    (I hope the HTML-tags are not stripped off when I post it, otherwise you have to add them at the proper places)

    Cheers!
    Daniel

  • Fantastic!!!
    thanks a lot….

  • Hello,

    It always gives timeout error. How can i fix this? I know its related with big files. But need to solve :D

    Thanks…

  • I think we can solve the problem about larger file backup using AJAX. Do you have any idea or actual code that can go through that?

  • Error: Allowed memory size of 33554432 bytes exhausted
    Error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in

    ini_set(“memory_limit”,”40000000M”);
    set_time_limit(20000);

    The same error. :(

  • hi there, my script times out before it starts the backup process, is there a way i can increase the time out to may be 5 minutes.
    here is the error,,

    “Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 60 seconds exceeded in C:\wamp\www\back\functions.php on line 45″
    I will be very glad for any responses..
    Thanks

  • Thanks!!! Great job. Works with no changes. Perfect!

  • Thank you for the script

    The backup works, but when I unzip the php code and other pages
    inside are all scrambled until I ftp it up and then back in ASCII.

    But When I back up in perl and unzip it, the php pages inside are
    readable, any idea why?

    Thanks

  • Getting 500 Internal Server Error on GoDaddy hosting. Help?!

  • Any way to patch this to generate a tab/comma separated database dump?
    I could probably figure it out but I’m a bit under the gun for time so I just figured I’d ask

  • Can’t send e-mail. Getting error ‘mail send … ERROR!’

  • Can this be run from a browser?

    I have no problems with the script failing, but only the mysql database ends up in the zip file. No files or directories.

    I have tried a root directory of ../ and ./

    Thanks,

    Liversausage

  • Got it working. I just had to specify a real directory and move the script to one level lower. This is perfect!

    Do you have any php that would allow me to restore the backups (i.e. restore the database and restore the files) for an application we are using? This would be awesome and I would be willing to pay for this!

  • I just want to save one file per back-up. How do I have to setup $configBackup = array(”); in config.php ? I always get this error: Warning: opendir(../2011/2011-04-08-livescore-liga-nationala-handbal-masculin-etapa-18-XVIII.html) [function.opendir]: failed to open dir: No such file or directory in /home/hndblv/public_html/livescores/2011/backup/functions.php on line 465
    mail send … OK. In my email there is just an archive with a folder with the name of the file, not the file itself.

    • I have fixed all my errors; Plus, I am able to give 2 improvements:
      1. To change the date in filename: in backup.php file change “$backupName = “backup-”.date(‘d-m-y H-i-s’).’.zip’;” with
      $date = date(‘d-m-y H-i-s’, time() + 28800);
      $backupName = “backup-”.$date.’.zip’;
      28800 corresponds with 8 hour (8 x 60mins. x 60secs.) added to server time. You can change 28800 with whatever time you have in your area.
      2. Cron job (you will have to set up schedule time): php /home/user/www/path-to-folder/backup/backup.php > /dev/null

    • Saving is for folders. Individual files is not yet supported.

  • Thanks for the nice script!
    I worked the script a little over, added a functionality to backup also the root files and programmed a GUI to administer the script online. It is released now on my site w3easy.org as w3easyBackup tool.
    Have fun and take it easy…;)

  • if i do not need my file zip then how can i ignore it

  • Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 30 seconds exceeded in C:\xampp\htdocs\a\functions.php on line 110

    please help!!!!!!!

  • Allowed memory size of 134217728 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 35956376 bytes) in E:\xampp\htdocs\backupdb\functions.php on line 93
    i have found the above error please some one assist me

  • Thanks a lot! Your Script works really good.

    Maybe this helps other newbies:
    Needed to install postfix to get sendmail and test a little with mutt and watch /var/log/mail.log for error messages.
    I had to put mydomain = mydomain.xyz in /etc/postfix/main.cf
    for the mail origin to be accepted by other providers.
    It’s also good to set date.timezone = Country/State in /etc/php/php.ini

  • Hello,

    how to limit backup files to 7 so i can setup for daily backup CRONJOB but have only the last 7 days in backup folder?

    thanx in advance!

  • Thanks! for the script.

    how can I save the file into .tar format?

  • Hello ,

    When , I run this code , error show . There are following :
    “Fatal error: Maximum execution time of 60 seconds exceeded in C:\xampp\htdocs\vncrane\functions.php on line 110″

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