What exactly is included in the System backup found under System>Tools>Backups?

  • Maybe someone would like to add the tag "Backups" and re-tag this. Apr 23, 2013 at 21:19

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It depends on the version.

  • For CE 1.5 and lower you can only back-up your database.
  • In version CE 1.6 you can back-up your media folder also along with the database, and you can back-up the file system of your Magento instance. All files and folders.
  • Starting CE 1.7, in addition to what CE 1.6 offers, you can choose to back-up your file system without the media folder.
  • Also worth noting is that soft-links are not followed. So a full backup where the media directory is linked to a dir somewhere outside the web root will no actually include the media.
    – davidalger
    Apr 23, 2013 at 22:39
  • Thanks, but do you know what "file system" means exactly? Does it backup all the files in the Magento installation or something. Apr 24, 2013 at 1:46
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    "File system" means the root of your installation except the following .svn, maintenance.flag, var/session, var/cache, var/full_page_cache, var/locks, var/log, var/report, and media` if you choose to ignore it. You can find the list of ignored files and folders in here: Mage_Backup_Helper_Data::getBackupIgnorePaths().
    – Marius
    Apr 24, 2013 at 7:14
  • Seemingly to do a full backup you need to do both "System" and database as the "System" backup doesn't include Db files Apr 11, 2014 at 16:18
  • @byronyasgur, the db is also backed up inside the tgz in var\xxxx_db.gz
    – rwired
    Apr 21, 2015 at 15:39

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