How to Generate/Download a Full Backup in cPanel


This article provides a guide for how to generate/download a full backup in cPanel shared hosting.

What is a Backup?

A full backup is a backup of all of an entire cPanel account (files, email, databases, etc.). To run a full backup, you can not download the full backup right away. The backup takes time to perform and the server will send you an email once the backup is ready to download.

How to Generate/Download a Full Backup in cPanel

Below are steps to requesting the backup to be created in the Home Directory.

  1. Click "Backups"
  2. Click "Generate/Download Full Backup"
  3. In the drop down menu, select Home Directory
  4. In the box to the right of Email Address, type the email address where you will receive notification once the back up is done.
  5. Leave the rest of the settings blank.
  6. Click "Generate back up".
  7. This will generate the back up for you and place the TAR.GZ file inside of your Home Directory.
  8. You can now download the backup via cPanel / FTP/ or SSH

If you would like to download the backup from cPanel (easiest way), please do the following:

  1. Login to cPanel
  2. Click "Backups"
  3. Click "Generate/Download a Full Backup"
  4. Under "Backups Available for Download", click the link with the file name of the backup.
  5. It will then start to download.
  6. Select a destination on your PC for where you would like to save it to.
  7. Click "Save"

You now know how to generate/download a full backup in cPanel.

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