Backing up your OpenProject installation

We advise to backup your OpenProject installation regularly — especially before upgrading to a newer version.

What should be backed up

In general the following parts of your OpenProject installation should be backed up:

  • Data stored in the database
  • Configuration files
  • Uploaded files (attachments)
  • Repositories (subversion, git) if applicable

Package-based installation (DEB/RPM)

The DEB/RPM packages provide a backup tool which can be used to take a snapshot of the current OpenProject installation. This tool will create a backup of all parts mentioned above. The backup tool is invoked by executing the following command:

sudo openproject run backup

The command will create backup files in the following location on your system:


The content of that directory should look very similar to the following (depending on your database engine, you will see either a mysql-dump-<date>.sql.gz or a postgresql-dump-<date>.pgdump file).

root@ip-10-0-0-228:/home/admin# ls -al /var/db/openproject/backup/
total 1680
drwxr-xr-x 2 openproject openproject    4096 Nov 19 21:00 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 openproject openproject    4096 Nov 19 21:00 ..
-rw-r----- 1 openproject openproject 1361994 Nov 19 21:00 attachments-20191119210038.tar.gz
-rw-r----- 1 openproject openproject    1060 Nov 19 21:00 conf-20191119210038.tar.gz
-rw-r----- 1 openproject openproject     126 Nov 19 21:00 git-repositories-20191119210038.tar.gz
-rw-r----- 1 openproject openproject  332170 Nov 19 21:00 postgresql-dump-20191119210038.pgdump
-rw-r----- 1 openproject openproject     112 Nov 19 21:00 svn-repositories-20191119210038.tar.gz

You should then copy those dump files to a secure location, for instance an S3 bucket or some sort of backup server.

Docker-based installation

TODO: review

If you’ve followed the steps described in the installation guide for Docker, then you just need to make a backup of the exported volumes, at your convenience. As a reminder, here is the recommended way to launch OpenProject with Docker:

sudo mkdir -p /var/lib/openproject/{pgdata,logs,static}

docker run -d -p 8080:80 --name openproject -e SECRET_KEY_BASE=secret \
  -v /var/lib/openproject/pgdata:/var/lib/postgresql/9.6/main \
  -v /var/lib/openproject/logs:/var/log/supervisor \
  -v /var/lib/openproject/static:/var/db/openproject \

If you’re using the same local directories than the above command, then you just need to backup your local /var/lib/openproject folder (for instance to S3 or FTP).