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How to Create a Full cPanel Backup

Updated: November 27, 2023

The reason for a backup is to produce a copy of data that could be recovered in case of a primary data failure. Primary data failures is most likely the consequence of hardware or software failure, data corruption, or even a human-error event, such as a malicious attack (virus or malware), or accidental deletion of data. Having a copy of a backup will make it possible for data to be restored from a previous point in time to assist in recovering from an unexpected event.

Downloading a zipped copy of your entire website on a regular basis is highly recommended. When you backup your website, you have an extra copy of your information in case something goes wrong.

A complete full backup generates an archive of all of your websites files as well as configuration. You may use this file to move your account to a different server or to keep a local copy of your files.

The Backups menu in the cPanel-Files section allows you to generate backups of a full cPanel account, MySQL database, email filters and email forwarders.

In this guide, we will show you how to generate a full backup.

Note: A full backup will create an archive of all the files and configurations on your website. It's only possible to use this to move your account to another server, or to keep a local copy of your files. You cannot restore full backups through your cPanel interface.

Step 1

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Cpanel Login Screen

Log into your cPanel Account.

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cPanel Backup

Navigate to Files section and click on the Backup icon.

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Download Full Backup

Click on the Download a Full Account Backup button.

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Generate Full Backup

Backup Destination:
A full cPanel backup will be saved into your account home directory, by default.
You could change the Backup Destination by selecting the Target Location from the drop-down menu.

Email Address:
Enter an email address to send notification of backup completion (Optional), or you may choose not
to receive email notification.

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Backup in progress

Your backup has now initiated and will require suficient time to complete the backup process.
Click Go Back to monitor the status of the generation process in real time.

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From and Subject

When the backup has completed, you will find a link with a blue check mark to indicate the backup
has fully completed.

Click the filename to begin download or navigate to the remote server to see if the backup is there.