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Generate a fresh database backup

In addition to the automated database backups that are generated for WordPress environments, a fresh backup can be created on demand. Some limitations are in place to the frequency and total number of backup files that can be created within a window of time.

VIP Dashboard

Generate a fresh backup of an environment’s database in the application view of the VIP Dashboard:

  1. Select an environment from the environment dropdown located at the upper left of the VIP Dashboard.
  2. Select “Database” from the sidebar navigation at the left of the screen.
  3. Select Database Backups from the submenu.
  4. Select the button labeled “Backup Now” located above the list of available backups.
  5. In the “Are you sure you want to trigger a new backup?” modal, select “Confirm“.
  6. When it is ready, the generated on-demand database backup will be added to the top of the list of available backups. Backup files for larger databases will take a longer time to prepare.


VIP-CLI command: vip export sql --generate-backup

To generate and download a fresh backup of an environment’s database, pass the --generate-backup option with the vip export sql command.

For example:

vip @mytestsite.production export sql --generate-backup

Last updated: December 22, 2023

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