You can download Akeeba eXtract Wizard from our site's download page. The latest release is always at the top of the list. Older versions are available for use with older versions of our backup software (Akeeba Backup and Akeeba Solo). There are versions of this tool for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Sometimes Akeeba Kickstart cannot be used on live servers. For example if you are low on disk space you can't use Kickstart as you would need enough disk space to hold both the backup archive and the extracted files at the same time. Or maybe you want to skip a few folders which were backed up. In this case you can extract the backup archive locally using Akeeba eXtract Wizard.
Akeeba eXtract Wizard - Main screen
Launching Akeeba eXtract Wizard presents you with it interface. You have the following options:
Click on the button to the right of the text box to open a file picker dialog. Use it to locate the archive file you want to extract and double click on it.
Use the button to the right of the text box to open a directory selection dialog. Use it to locate the folder you want to extract the backup archive to and double click on it.
Sometimes there are files which cannot be extracted because their file names are not compatible with your operating system. This is especially true if you backed up from a Linux machine (e.g. a live server) and trying to extract the archive on Windows (e.g. a local server). Some temporary files may contain characters such as ampersands and question marks which are valid file name characters in Linux but not on Windows. These would normally cause the extraction to fail. By checking this option these files will simply be ignored.
Please be careful! Akeeba eXtract Wizard will NOT warn you if an otherwise perfectly backed up file cannot be extracted because of file / folder permissions!
By checking this box Akeeba eXtract Wizard will not write anything to disk. Use this to quickly test a backup archive for corruption. If the dry run reports a successful "extraction" your archive is good.
When you are ready just click on Extraction Progress bar fill up as each file is being extracted. eXtract Wizard will let you know when the extraction is complete.and the extraction takes place. You will see the
After the archive is extracted you end up with a bunch of files and folders. In order to proceed with your site's restoration you need to place them to your server's web root.
If you are using a local server (WAMPServer, XAMPP, MAMP,
Zend Server, etc) just move those files in the subdirectory of
the web root of your local server where you want your local copy
of the site to exist using Windows Explorer (Windows), Finder
(Mac OS X), Nautilus (Ubuntu Linux) and so on. Access the
restoration script from your browser as
where your_directory is the name of the subdirectory of the web
root where you copied the files. On some local servers you may
want to replace localhost with something like localhost:8888
(default MAMP settings) or localhost:10088 (default Zend Server
If you are using a live server, upload all files and
folders via FTP or SFTP to your server's web root. Usually it's
a directory called www, public_html, httpdocs, htdocs or
something similar visible when you connect to your site by
FTP/SFTP. If unsure, please ask your host. Afterwards access the
restoration script as
www.example.com is the domain name of your site. Please note
that temporary URLs in the form
http://126.96.36.199/~something are likely to cause
restoration errors or, at the very least, cause your SEF URLs to
fail on the restored site.