Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

Akeeba Backup User's Guide

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the appendix entitled "The GNU Free Documentation License".


This book covers the use of the Akeeba Backup site backup component for Joomla!™ -powered web sites. It does not cover any other software of the Akeeba Backup suite, including Kickstart and the desktop applications which have documentation of their own. Both the free Akeeba Backup Core and the subscription-based Akeeba Backup Professional editions are completely covered.

If you are looking for a quick start to using the component please watch our video tutorials.

Table of Contents

I. User's Guide to Akeeba Backup for Joomla!
1. Introduction
Introducing Akeeba Backup
Indicative uses
A typical backup/restoration work flow
Server environment requirements
2. Installation, updates and upgrades
Installing Akeeba Backup
Installing or manually updating the extension
Install from URL
Upload and install.
Manual installation
The installation / update broke my site!
Upgrading from Core to Professional
Automatic updates
Requesting support and reporting bugs
3. Using the Akeeba Backup component
Menu items
Control Panel
Manage Backups
Restore Latest Backup
Transfer Site Wizard
What to do if you don't have any menu items to Akeeba Backup
Pages outside the Control Panel panes
Common navigation elements
The Control Panel
Warning and error messages in the Control Panel
Editing the component's Options
Basic Operations
Profiles Management
Configuration Wizard
The main settings
Basic Configuration
Advanced configuration
Site overrides
Optional filters
Quota management
Fine tuning
Database dump engines
Native MySQL Backup Engine
Reverse Engineering Database Dump Engine
File and directories scanner engines
Smart scanner
Large site scanner
Archiver engines
ZIP format
JPA format
Encrypted Archives (JPS format)
DirectFTP over cURL
DirectSFTP over cURL
ZIP using ZIPArchive class
Data processing engines
No post-processing
Upload to CloudMe
Upload to Microsoft Windows Azure BLOB Storage service
Upload to RackSpace CloudFiles
Upload to OVH Object Storage
Upload to DreamObjects
Upload to Dropbox (v2 API)
Send by email
Upload to OneDrive
Upload to Remote FTP server
Upload to Remote FTP server over cURL
Upload to Google Storage (Legacy S3 API)
Upload to Google Storage (JSON API)
Upload to Google Drive
Upload to iDriveSync
Upload to Amazon S3 (Legacy API)
Upload to Amazon S3
Upload to Remote SFTP server
Upload to Remote SFTP server over cURL
Upload to SugarSync
Upload to WebDAV
Upload to /
Backup now
Manage Backups
Integrated restoration
Manage remotely stored files
Discover and import archives
View Log
Include data to the backup
Multiple Databases Definitions
Off-site Directories Inclusion
Exclude data from the backup
Files and Directories Exclusion
Database Tables Exclusion
RegEx Files and Directories Exclusion
Regular Expressions recipes for files and directories
RegEx Database Tables Exclusion
Regular Expressions recipes for database tables
Automating your backup
Taking backups automatically
Front-end backup, for use with CRON
Native CRON script
Alternative CRON script
Checking for failed backups automatically
Front-end backup failure check, for use with CRON
CRON script for backup failure check
Alternative CRON script for backup failure check
Site Transfer Wizard
4. Miscellaneous Extensions (Modules, Plugins)
Akeeba Backup Notification plugin
The CLI update notification and automatic update script
Backup on Update
5. Restoring backups and general guidelines
General guidelines for backing up and restoring your site
Guidelines for storing your backups remotely / "cloud backup"
Restoring your backups
Troubleshooting restored sites
Unorthodox: the emergency restoration procedure
6. Information for removed or canceled features
Microsoft OneDrive for Business
II. Security information
7. Introduction
Why you need to care about ownership and permissions?
8. How your web server works
Users and groups
How users and groups are understood by UNIX-derived systems
Process ownership
File ownership
The three types of permissions
What permissions can control
Permissions notation
The textual notation
The octal notation
9. Securing your Akeeba Backup installation
Access rights
Securing the output directory
Securing file transfers
III. Appendices
A. The JPA archive format, v.1.2
B. The JPS archive format, v.2.0
C. GNU Free Documentation License


 #29827: Clarifi the different directory and DB to save.

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 #29785: Site Transfer Wizard - Data Base details required ?

Latest post by dunwin on Wednesday, 06 June 2018 06:44 CDT Created on Tuesday, 05 June 2018 07:46 CDT by dunwin

 #29778: External backup

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 #29608: Import Archive Local

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 #29667: New cron jobs appeared

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 #29761: Page blanche après mise à jour

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 #29598: Purging Old backups

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 #29560: It's possible to run the backup to Nextcloud?

Latest post by zeroweb on Sunday, 20 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 20 April 2018 08:00 CDT by zeroweb

 #29556: Uninstall Akeeba Backup properly

Latest post by colorii on Saturday, 19 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:38 CDT by colorii

 #29491: Non Joomla Component

Latest post by mackenj on Friday, 18 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Thursday, 05 April 2018 17:13 CDT by mackenj

 #29640: Onedrive for Business

Latest post by nicholas on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 02:55 CDT Created on Saturday, 05 May 2018 08:22 CDT by martinkrueber

 #29657: auto reset

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 #29509: Transfer archive does not upload all files

Latest post by jjst135 on Saturday, 12 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 11 April 2018 04:55 CDT by jjst135

 #29496: Frontend Problem 403

Latest post by prekdesign on Sunday, 06 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Friday, 06 April 2018 07:46 CDT by prekdesign

 #29490: Akeeba Automated Backup By Condition

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 #29460: Backup Issue AJAX Loading Error HTTP Status 500

Latest post by ernienet on Thursday, 03 May 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Monday, 02 April 2018 08:43 CDT by ernienet

 #29453: j01 files and Dropbox

Latest post by cooltide on Sunday, 29 April 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Wednesday, 28 March 2018 23:40 CDT by cooltide

 #29448: Dropbox sync

Latest post by wicko on Friday, 27 April 2018 17:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 27 March 2018 10:35 CDT by wicko

 #29441: 500 FOF 3.0 is not installed

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 #29433: Invalid header in archive file, part 0, offset 19

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