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How to Create Full and Partial Backup Files With cPanel’s Backup Tool

Posted by Alex on 15 03 2017.

Making a website backup is a very important action to any webmaster, especially when you want to make major changes in your website.


The Backup utility tool compresses your files, database, forwarders, and filters into a compressed file that you can download into your computer or drive.




  • Experienced and higher-level users may prefer to use this interface for a more advanced backup processing approach.
  • Newer and less experienced users may opt to use the Backup Wizard interface.
  • The system stores backup files in .tar.gz format.


Backing up contents


If you want to back up your /home directory, the backup file will include all the files that you one, both accessible and inaccessible. To exclude specific files and directories from a backup, you must place a configuration file in the /home directory.


Creating and downloading a full website backup


  • Log in to your cPanel account and authenticate your login.
  • In the dashboard, go to the Files section and click Backup.
  • Click Download a Full Website Backup. This will let you create, download, and store a full backup file. After clicking, you will be sent to the next screen.




  • A full backup file is composed of your /home directory, files, databases, email forwarders, and filters.
  • You won’t be able to use a full backup file to restore your website using the cPanel interface.
  • Download and compress the backup file before attempting to restore it.
  • After decompressing the backup file, you can upload and restore individual parts of your website inside the full backup file.


Backups Available for Download


In this section, you can download a currently existing full backup file to your computer by clicking the filename of the backup file you want. The creation date of the backup file appears in its name, which starts with backup-mm-dd-yyyy.


Generating a Full Backup


If you want to create a totally new backup, do these following steps.


  • Pick a storage option from the Backup Destination drop-down menu. Here are some of your choices.


  • Home directory – Saves your backup file on the server
  • Remote FTP server – Saves your backup on a remote server using FTP
  • Remote FTP server (Passive Mode Transfer) – Saves your backup on a remote server using Passive FTP
  • SCP – Saves your backup file on a remote server using secure copy protocol or SCP


  • Pick a notification option.
  • Enter your email address in the proper text box to receive a notification upon backup completion.
  • Otherwise, select Do not send email notification of backup completion.
  • If you pick any backup destination other than Home Directory, you must enter the remote destination’s information in the proper text box.
  • Click generate backup and wait for it to finish.




  • Only advanced users should pick other destinations than Home Directory.


Partial Backups


Partial backup files contain sections of your account but not all of them. To create them, you must download them then restore them.


Downloading a partial backup


  • To download your Home Directory Backup, click the Home Directory
  • Click any MySQL database, email forwarder, or email filter name you prefer on each respective section to download them.



  • The backup files for Email Filters store only domain account-level email filters, not user account-level ones, in the /etc/vfilters/$domain file.


Restoring a partial backup


  • Choose file under the proper heading.
  • Select the backup file from your computer or storage.
  • Click upload to restore that website portion.


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