Whenever I try and make a database backup and then try to view it in a text editor (notepad++) the data comes out as completely unreadable. Here's what it looks like:

Database Gibberish

I've tried different encoding, and different language selections, but nothing works. Is the database corrupted?

Any help would be much appreciated!

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The System → Tools → Backups option allows you to create backups of the Magento database. Backup files are compressed using the .gz format and are stored in the var/backups directory in your Magento file system.

It's likely you're trying to open the file without first uncompressing it.

  • Thanks for the answer Douglas, I was uncompressing the file before attempting to open it, and was getting just a .sql file, but I figured what the hell, might as well see if there is another layer of compression. Lo and behold, there was, and now it is no longer gibberish! Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 16:21

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