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Taking backups automatically

Click on the Backup Now button and wait for the backup to finish.

Front-end backup, for use with CRON

The front-end backup feature is intended to provide the capability to perform an unattended, scheduled backup of your site.

  • Step 1:First, go to Akeeba Backup’s main page and click on the Options button in the toolbar.
  • Step 2: Find the option titled Enable front-end and remote backup and set it to Yes
  • Step 3: You will find the option named Secret key. 
  • Step 4: After you’re done, click the Save button on top to save the settings and close the dialog.
 How To Automating Your Backup In Akeeba

Native CRON script

Note: This option is only available in the Akeeba Backup Professional releases.

In order to schedule a backup, you will have to use the following command line to your host’s CRON interface:

/usr/local/bin/php /home/USER/webroot/cli/akeeba-backup.php
Setting up a CRON job on cPanel
  • Step 1: Go to your cPanel main page and choose the CRON Jobs icon from the Advanced pane.
  • Step 2: In the Add New CRON Job box on the page which loads, enter the following information:
  1. Common SettingsChoose the frequency of your backup, for example once per day.
  2. CommandEnter your backup command.
  • Step 3: You click the Add New Cron Job button to activate the CRON job.
Special considerations for HostGator

The location of the PHP CLI binary is /usr/bin/php-cli.

Alternative CRON script

Note: This option is only available in the Akeeba Backup Professional releases.

In order to schedule a backup, you will have to use the following command line to your host’s CRON interface:

/usr/local/bin/php /home/USER/webroot/cli/akeeba-altbackup.php

Setting up a CRON job on cPanel
  • Step 1: Go to your cPanel main page and choose the CRON Jobs icon from the Advanced pane.
  • Step 2: In the Add New CRON Job box on the page which loads, enter the following information:
  1. Common Settings: Choose the frequency of your backup, for example once per day.
  2. Command: Enter your backup command.
  • Step 3: You click the Add New Cron Job button to activate the CRON job.
Special notes for GoDaddy

If the backup completes successfully but the backup appears as “Failed” in the Manage Backups (formerly “Administer Backup Files”) page, you’ll have to apply a workaround.

  • Step 1: Go to Akeeba Backup and select your backup profile from the drop-down list.
  • Step 2: Then click on the Configuration button.
  • Step 3: In the configuration page check the Use database storage for temporary data option.

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