Bringerr Inc.

Easy backup bash script

From 2011-08-08
With respect to: 

Here I'm showing you a simple script which dumps and stores any number of databases, then compresses them into tar.gz files.

The archived files will have unique names containing script's execution time. It should run an any Linux/Unix machine. This was written as a daily backup, it doesn't delete any previous backups, nor does it implement any incremental backup functionality. It just a simple script for your joy, so have fun.


# DB Backup script by
# modify the following to suit your environment
export BKP_DIR="/path/to/your/backupsdir"     # << Modify this - the directory of your backups.
export DB_USER="root"                       # DB username
export DB_PASSWD="*****password*****"       # DB password

databases=( "database_name_1" "database_name_2" "database_name_3" )    # an array - don't be shy to add more DBs here

# Create archive filename.
day=$(date +%m.%d.%Y)

for i in "${databases[@]}"

        echo "* Creating new backup..."
        mysqldump $i -u root -p$DB_PASSWD > $BKP_DIR/$i-$day.sql

        echo "* Archiving..."
        tar czf $BKP_DIR/$i-$day.sql.tar.gz $BKP_DIR/$i-$day.sql

        echo "* Removing raw files"
        rm $BKP_DIR/$i-$day.sql

echo "Done"
exit 0

How to run it.

You'll have to copy the code and paste it into some file, say Then put it into some directory, preferably into something like /etc/cron.daily/ which exists by default in Ubuntu for example. Please note: scripts in Ubuntu system in the /etc/cron.daily/ need to be without extensions. You can actually test which scrips will run by executing:

run-parts /etc/cron.daily --test


mv /etc/cron.daily/ /etc/cron.daily/daily_backup

Now you'll have to say when to execute it, so:

sudo crontab -e


# m h  dom mon dow   command
40 07 * * * root run-parts /etc/cron.daily

Also give the relvant execution permissions to the script:

chmod uga+x /path/to/your/backupsdir/    #  /etc/cron.daily ?

This will execute everything in /etc/cron.daily each day at 7:40am. Next, naturally, you should restart your cron service like that:

sudo service cron restart

That's it.


Add new comment

Filtered HTML

  • You can enable syntax highlighting of source code with the following tags: <code>, <blockcode>, <c>, <cpp>, <drupal5>, <drupal6>, <java>, <javascript>, <php>, <python>, <ruby>. The supported tag styles are: <foo>, [foo].
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <p> <span> <div> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <img> <map> <area> <hr><br> <br /> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <table> <tr> <td> <em> <b> <u> <i> <strong><font> <del> <ins> <sub> <sup> <quote> <blockquote> <pre><address> <code><cite> <embed> <object> <param> <strike> <caption>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.