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Database Backup

A simple script to backup databases from multiple hosts at once.

This script backups in a configurable schedule all databases on multiple available hosts. It was built to run in docker and have a clean way to backup database containers.


  1. Create a configuration file with all hosts and credentials you want to backup
  2. Point the script to it (See environment variables below). By default, it searches in the default directory for a file called backup_hosts.json.


A configuration file with all defaults looks like this:

      "port": 3306

You can omit any field to you use the default value.

For example, a configuration which backups a db on localhost with the root user and password 1234 on the default port 3306 would look like this:


Usage with docker

A docker image with the script is available, to integrate nicely with existing docker infrastructure.

Note: You need to make sure that all database containers can be reached by the script over network. The easiest way to achieve this is to create an external network and put the backup container and the database container in it.

Docker Compose Example

This will mount the config from the config and backup folders in the same directory.

version: '2'
    image: kolaente/database-backup
    restart: unless-stopped
      CRON_TIME: 0 */3 * * *
      DB_BACKUP_MAX: '36'
      - ./config:/config
      - ./backups:/backups
      - /etc/localtime:/etc/localtime:ro
      - default
      - backup

    external: true

Environment variables

  • CRON_TIME: A cron formatted string about how often the script should run
  • DB_BACKUP_MAX: How many old backups to keep before cleanup
  • DB_BACKUP_HOSTS_FILE: Where the backup configuration file is stored
  • DB_BACKUP_FOLDER: Where backups should be stored


(c) 2018-2020 K. Langenberg. Usage of this software is guarded by the GPLv3 which can be found in this repo.