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Plesk Onyx: Exporting a backup of your database

Difficulty: Beginner

Prerequisites

  • Plesk login details or Conetix Control Panel login details

Overview

Plesk Onyx features an easy backup and export option for your MySQL database. Often referred to as a database "dump", this allows you to take a copy of the database to manipulate or store a copy locally before making changes. Conetix highly recommends taking a database backup before running any software updates to your web application.

Instructions

  1. Login to Plesk or the Conetix Control Panel.
  2. Click on Databases within the website details, or from the shortcut on the right-hand side of Plesk:
    Plesk Onyx - Databases
  3. Select the database you wish to backup, then select Export Dump:
    Plesk Onyx - Export Dump
  4. Tick "Enable automatic download dump after creation" and click on OK to start the backup:
    Plesk Onyx - Export Dump - Save

    This will also store a copy locally, in a non-web accessible directory.
  5. You should now have a copy of the database saved on your local machine.
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