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!


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.

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  • 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! – Chest Rockwell Jul 9 '14 at 16:21

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