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Akeeba Backup Popular ComponentModulePlugin

Akeeba Backup Core is the successor to the now famous JoomlaPack component. In a nutshell, Akeeba Backup Core is an open-source backup component for the Joomla! CMS, quite a bit different than its competition. Its mission is simple: create a site backup that can be restored on any Joomla!-capable server. Its possibilities: endless. It creates a full backup of your site in a single archive. The archive contains all the files, a database snapshot and an installer similar in function to the standard Joomla! installer. The backup and restore process is AJAX powered to avoid server timeouts, even with huge sites. Alternatively, you can make a backup of only your database, or only your files. If you want a reliable, easy to use, open source backup solution for your Joomla! site, try it out.

Akeeba Backup has won the prestigious Administrator Only Extension J.O.S.C.A.R. Award at J and Beyond 2010. Download it for free to find out why.

Latest Joomla! 2.5/3.x only. We have older versions for past Joomla! 1.5/1.6/1.7/2.5/3.x versions on our site.


- It configures itself for optimal operation with your site. Just click on Configuration Wizard.
- One click backup.
- AJAX powered backup (site and database, database only, files only or incremental files only backup)
- The fastest native PHP backup engine.
- Choose between standard ZIP or highly efficient JPA archive format
- able to exclude specific files, folders
- able to exclude specific database tables or their contents
- Unattended backup mode (CRON job scheduling), fully compatible with
- Backup using any cellphone made after 2007 with a web browser using our exclusive "Lite Mode" (including the cheapest Nokia and Sony Ericsson models!)
- AJAX powered site restoration
- "Kickstart" restore: restore without unpacking backup
- Move your site between hosts without downloading/uploading anything (using the DirectFTP backup engine)
- Archives can be restored on any host. Useful for transferring your site between subdomains/hosts or even to/from your local testing server (XAMPP, WAMPServer, MAMP, Zend Server, etc).

and much much more!

Do not miss out the complimentary companion software (Akeeba Kickstart and Akeeba eXtract Wizard) which are available free of charge from our site. They make working with Akeeba Backup a breeze.

Note: The software is free of charge, its support is not. You need a valid subscriptionto request support. However, its documentation, the troubleshooting wizard and searching the forum is free.


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Reviews: 1
I installed the component, took a backup, downloaded the backup archive, restored the backup into my local install of Joomla (JSAS), and it worked!

The documentation could be improved, but I can't complain much since it's free.
Reviews: 3
I was able to move a site to a new host in about 90 minutes, including the time to FTP all of the files to the new host. Even though I used the latest version of this component and the site is using an old (1.0.10) version of Joomla. This was great!

I initially tried to use JoomlaCloner, but the old hosting environment was too restrictive and did not have ZIP or TAR on it. Installed JoomlaPack, and was able to backup the site and download it the first time within a minute.

Just be sure to follow the suggestions posted here by others when moving to a new host, and this will work like a charm! Kudos!!
Reviews: 3
It works! That is the bottom line. Simple and effective.
Reviews: 2
The first comment I am leaving here. I had to backup and clone a site with many users and a many downloads as well.
I had to look a bit around for a solution to get DOCMan running smoothly again on a new site, but this is a DOCMan issue. Finally I got all running fine on a new domain.

GREAT component! Keep up the wonderful work. Many THANKS
Reviews: 4
I've written praise for several extensions here at Joomla!. not that more were not worthy of praise, but this extension is really incredible.

I use many different hosts for my Joomla! Websites, most are multiple accounts, so designing a new Website for a client in a new folder on their domain works. When the new Website is ready to launch, the domain usually just gets pointed to the new folder and life is good.

Recently this was not an option for me. I have traditionally used the commercial version of the Joomla! Cloner. It works for me(sometimes).

I installed the JPack on this new Website, performed the backup beautifully (and without timing out).

THEN I unzipped the backup file into it's new home, deleted the new temporary installation folder JPack created, opened my Web Browser and I was done.

Bravo, and Thank you for a Wonderful Product.
Reviews: 3
It takes 3 minutes from installing the component to have the whole site (files + database) zip-packed on my pc. It works absolutely great. I had nothing to configure, just click one button to beginn the backup-process and then download the packed site (perfectly named with date and time). Very excellent!
Reviews: 1
Worked great, thank you. :) You saved me from maybe a weeks worth of rebuilding a site from scratch again.

This great component allowed me to successfully transfer a medium sized site to a new webhost [from yahoo to servage], also moving from a mysql 4 db to mysql 5.

The first attempt ended up timing out, but the second attempt worked fine. Took maybe 15-20 minutes to backup all files and database into a zip file.

On the second attempt I made sure to exclude the joomla cache directory and disabled the joomla cache module I had installed. Turned off error reporting as recommended and I deleted any excess templates that I wouldn't be using.

Might not be neccessary but I thought it might help if there was less to backup.

Reinstalling the site required quite a few changes to the configuration.php file since it was going onto a brand new host & new database. Make sure your settings are correct here.

Importing the database during the reinstall gave me errors. I found I had to delete all DEFAULT CHARSET=latin1 from the sql file for it to import correctly..

From this:

to this:

Once I did that it was a smooth installation and the site has now transfered perfectly with all settings/modules/configuration intact.

Would recommend this tool to anyone with the need to backup and transfer a site quickly and completely.
Reviews: 1
This is my first review here and I`m so happy with this component. I have test a lot of backup systems (jommla systems and other systems to make back ups from ftp), in this case I would give this componet 10 from 10 points. Easy installation, easy backup process and also easy restore process!!! Thans to Nicholas for this great work!
Reviews: 1
I was really missing this component. Every since my site got Hacked 1 year ago I do daily backups and this component works great. The only thing that would make it better is to have it automated.
Reviews: 2
I'm using this excellent backup tool very often, can wait to see future version for J!1.5. Keep up the good work mate!
Reviews: 3
This is one of the essential utilities you should install as soon as possible. Worked flawlessly. Backup both the database and files in one zip file. I especially like the ability to change the location of the zip file so that you can create it outside the main website. As a developer you can make snapshot backups as you build the site and upload them to a server and install them in one pass.
Reviews: 2
I have very good impression from trying this component, however it seems it is not written very well in terms of accessing database. It uses insane number of queries, efectively sucking out my user quota every time I try to use it...
"User '' has exceeded the 'max_questions' resource (current value: 10000) SQL=SELECT name, value FROM ..."
However, it is possible, that it only does this in combination with "com_opensef" (I do have it installed but I don't use it due to compatibility problems).
Reviews: 5
This backup tool is really great. I installed this on Joomla 1.0.12, PHP 5.1.6, MySQL 5.0.27 and it works like charm. I chose the multi-step backup and got no timeout problem. Thanks for sharing this. Keep up the good work.
Reviews: 3
Tried it with SQL v4.x compatibility and after the initial pass of table and content backup, it just sat fat-dumb-and-happy while trying to compress.
Reviews: 98
Joomla! Pack does what it claims. This is a new concept for backing up Joomla websites. I love it so much that I had made a Chinese translation for its language file.

Hope it can be better and better. Thank you Nicholas.
Reviews: 1
Excellent - works a treat
Reviews: 2
Worked first time for me, just what I needed to transfer the maintenance of some existing live sites to my local development web server.

Obviously had to change
$mosConfig_live_site = ''
$mosConfig_live_site = 'http://localhost'
in restored local configuration.php

but otherwise everything just worked. Thanks a lot Nicholas.
Reviews: 1
First a little background:

I have GoDaddy hosting for one of my websites. I originally set up Joomla through their hostingmetropolis "value applications" feature because I figured it would be easier. Well apparently the MySQL database that they set up for you is not under your hosting but on a different server all-together. Unfortunately they only give you the joomla admin name and password and not the one to database. I wanted to install a component that required use of the same database as the joomla install. Needless to say, I was out of luck. I emailed GoDaddy's support and they told me that they couldn't help me because hostingmetropolis is who sets that up and not them. The kicker here is that hostingmetropolis IS GoDaddy! I emailed them back to ask them how I would go about fixing this problem and they told me to uninstall Joomla from hostingmetropolis and install it manually. So now I'm screwed. I have no access to the raw database because they can't/won't give me the password and I have a ton of content that I need to transfer over to a new Joomla installation that I'm going to manually create. Greaaaaat.

Fast forward to finding the Joomla! Pack...

I install it easy as apple pie, follow the instructions on how to backup my database/mambots/modules/etc. and how to restore them somewhere new. I can't tell you how smoothly this went. I was up and running again in about an hour flat. My only complaints, and they are but a few, as others have said, that whole username and password business when reinstalling (by accessing is useless. The new Joomla site uses the same exact database as the old one so your original joomla super admin username and passwords are the ones you want to use. I think it's a remnant of their variation of the installer that puts it there, so just keep that in mind and you're fine.

Second complaint, it does NOT keep your Site->Global Configuration settings. I had to go in and turn back on SEF URL's and a few other settings like linking titles of articles. Like I said, nothing major. Other than that, every single mambot, module, addon, doodad, etc were all in place exactly as I had them before.

If I could give this a star rating, it would be a 4 1/2 out of 5. Very minor grievances with an extremely satisfied result in what it does, and the best part about it? It's free. Thank you guys very much, you've saved me immensely. I would never have been able to get all my old data without this!

Sorry for the long review, but I really do endorse this product, it does exactly what it says it's going to do!
Reviews: 1
Everything went smoothly once I actually *read* the manual. (Hint: When restoring, browse to /installation rather than the Joomla root...) It is thorough and clear, but required reading before attempting a restore.

I needed to move/restore my site to another server and subdirectory, and share my notes for the benefit of those with similar needs:

If you use search friendly URLs (e.g. Artio JoomSEF or OpenSEF (not on but, remember to modify the RewriteBase directive in .htaccess.

It's obvious that /configuration.php must be modified, but there are quite a few settings to remember. Off the top of my head: $mosConfig_absolute_path,
$mosConfig_cachepath, $mosConfig_db, $mosConfig_host,
$mosConfig_live_site, $mosConfig_user, $mosConfig_password...

A global search/replace for /oldsubdir to /newsubdir can be useful to alter any absolute URLs in .htaccess, templates or css, provided /oldsubdir is a reasonably uncommon string. I used the freeware editor PSPad for this: Search > Search/replace in files. (Hardcoded absolute URLs in content require similar modification, but I don't know any quick way to do this globally.)
Reviews: 1
Even with new release backup hangs after 5 to 10%, and comes up with the screen that timeout occured and report the bug, I am not sure where to report the bug as author does not have place report the bugs. I am not sure how others able to backup the sites with this componet.

With multi-step (huge sites) selction backup does not even proceed.

I hope author fixes these problems to make great useful tool.
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