I use back-in-time for backuping up my projects. but my Database's are not included. I'd like to backup all database's scheduling by day or hours. Is there any tool to backup MySQL automatically?

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If you're on a server without a GUI, here's a package that will backup and rotate all of your MySQL databases daily by default.

sudo apt-get install automysqlbackup

That's it. The default configuration is sane so you're done unless you need something special. The backup files will be placed in /var/lib/automysqlbackup which you should rsync somewhere off-site.

  • You can configure this program in /etc/default/automysqlbackup more info available after executing man automysqlbackup
    – jmarceli
    Jul 28, 2014 at 16:49
  • can this transfer backups to a ftp server?
    – roozgar
    Sep 28, 2022 at 9:27
  • Yes but like rsync, it's outside the scope of this backup utility. You'll have to write a script to do it Sep 29, 2022 at 11:14

MySQL Admin (discontinued - was available in natty) has a backup tool with a (basic) scheduler to make backups on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. It is even included in Ubuntu: mysql-admin.

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My favourite way ofcourse is command line and I found a backup script on UF.

#Script to make a regular copy of a mysql database and gzip it into the SAVEDIR.


/usr/bin/nice -n 19 /usr/bin/mysqldump -u $USER --password=$PASSWORD --default-character-set=utf8 $DATABASE -c | /usr/bin/nice -n 19 /bin/gzip -9 > $SAVEDIR/$DATABASE-$(date '+%Y%m%d-%H').sql.gz

Edit the varibles, save it as .bkup.sh and run it in a crontab, then you have an automatic mysql backup. All the code for this script explained here. Kudos to kat_ams.

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