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 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
II. Security information
6. Introduction
Why you need to care about ownership and permissions?
7. 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
8. 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


 #28698: Backup fails "incorrect file format"

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 #28693: Cannot backup or initial configuration wizard

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 #28764: Automated backups keep failing

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 #28816: Command Line Backup

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 #28688: Endless message 'Running add-on method test_extract' in a log

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 #28774: Akeeba backup pro 5.6.0 fails due to ajax loading error

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 #28661: FOF30 library in version 5.6

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 #28780: Problem between admin tools and Akeeba

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 #28772: AJAX Loading Error/Internal Server Error

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 #28646: How make forbidden the access to Akeeba Backup backend to Super Users

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 #28622: Amazon S3 upload fails intermittently: Empty reply from server

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 #28636: Where is the Language pack for akeeba backup?

Latest post by nbmh on Friday, 17 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:30 CDT by nbmh

 #28634: Akeeba backup can not work when I reinstall the system.

Latest post by nbmh on Friday, 17 November 2017 17:17 CST Created on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 23:33 CDT by nbmh

 #28716: backup location for two copies of site in two subdirectories

Latest post by dlb on Monday, 13 November 2017 08:13 CST Created on Thursday, 09 November 2017 13:41 CST by samw

 #28599: Akeeba Backup not running on PHP7.2

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 #28584: Akeeba Backup xxx stuck at 99%

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 #28707: Macros for subdirectories

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 #28579: Remote Backup Fails

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 #28555: Any plans to integrate with Backblaze?

Latest post by vanboke on Saturday, 04 November 2017 18:17 CDT Created on Tuesday, 03 October 2017 14:57 CDT by vanboke

 #28558: Remotely stored backups - Randomly stopped

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