How To Restore A Nextcloud Backup

Simply copy your configuration and data folder (or even your whole Nextcloud install and data folder) to your Nextcloud environment. You could use this command:

1. Copy the data directory:

$ sudo rsync -Aax /media/ncbackup/nextcloud-data/ /var/www/data/

To copy the Nextcloud directory (this is optional, you can also just use a new downloaded version of nextcloud):

$ sudo rsync -Aax /media/ncbackup/nextcloud-dirbkp/ /var/www/html/nextcloud/

2. Restore the database

Before restoring a backup you need to make sure to delete all existing database tables.

You can easily do this in phpmyadmin by just dropping all the tables. This is the easiest way. You can also just drop the nextcloud database and create a new one. On the command line you can do this:

mysql -h [server] -u [username] -p[password] -e "DROP DATABASE nextcloud"
mysql -h [server] -u [username] -p[password] -e "CREATE DATABASE nextcloud"

an example looks like this (you will be prompted for your mariadb password):

$ mysql -h localhost -u root -p -e "DROP DATABASE nextcloud"
$ mysql -h localhost -u root -p -e "CREATE DATABASE nextcloud"

Then restore from your backup:

$ mysql -h [server] -u [username] -p[password] [db_name] < nextcloud-sqlbkp.bak


$ mysql -h localhost -u root -p nextcloud < /directory/to/nextcloud-sqlbkp.bak



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2 thoughts on “How To Restore A Nextcloud Backup

  1. Hello my name is arman. Do you have steps of backup and restore for snap nextcloud? I have 15tB of machine and other machine of 11 tb. I would like to duplicate the whole machine to another machine. What is the best recommendation for backup and restore. thks

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