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LazyDbBackup is based on LazyBackup by Stefan Granholm. (GNU/GPL 2 or over license). This plugin was internationalised (for Joomla! 1.5 and 1.6) and modified to run with Joomla! 1.6 and now Joomla! 2.5 (Joomla! 3.4.6 too). Two versions: PDO (doesn't work on some servers) and Mysqli.
All versions come now with English, French, German translation files (thanks to Nathalie Laurent ( for this German translation) and now Spanish translation by Jorge Ferreira ( 2012-12-20 : added italian translation by Giovanni Roli.

Its purpose is to backup your Joomla! (only MySQL) database and send the backup file by e-mail. One parameter allows you to deactivate the e-mail feature; the backup files are then kept in a special folder which you can download by FTP when needed.

**Warning ** 2023/09/13: a vulnerability was found and resolved. Please update your version. All versions (MySQLi and PDO) are concerned - see
2023/09/24: bug when mail turned off resolved, version 4.0.6

2323/10/17: version 4.0.8 compatible J 4 and 5.0.

Version 1.5.5 for Joomla! 1.5
Version 1.6.5a for Joomla! 1.6 and 1.7.0
Version 2.5.0a for Joomla! 1.6/1.7/2.5
2011-07-09: corrected bug when sending backup to multiple email addresses (thanks to Gerald Berger)
2011-12-23: 2.5.0 now Joomla! 1.6/1.7/2.5beta compatible
2012-01-19: 2.5.0a Joomla! 1.6/1.7/2.5 compatible
2012-09-26: 3.0.1 Joomla! 2.5/3.0 compatible
2013-11-18: 3.1.2 Joomla! 2.5-3.2 compatible
2015-03-17: 3.4.2 2 versions 2.5-3.4 compatible PDO and MySQLi
2016-03-25: 3.5.1 Joomla! 3.5 compatible; allows you not to delete backup file after mailing it
2016-07-08: added dutch translation, thanks to Eric Swinnen
2017-04-12: 3.7.0 JRequest replaced; added slovenian translation by Ervin Bizjak. Thanks to him! Joomla! 3.7 compatible
2018-01-23: PDO and MySQLi 3.7.1 versions are 4.0dev compatible
2018-03-19: 3.7.3 PDO and MySQLi: we exclude data from "#__session"
2018-03-23: Please replace immediatly your 3.7.3 MySQLi version with 3.7.4 that corrects a big bug. Thanks to Gerald Berger
2018-04-03: version 3.8.0 now, you will be informed by email (except deactivation of the parameter) as soon as a new version of LazyDbBackup is available
2019-05-09: version 3.8.6 some changes for date and time in the backup filename and in the body pf the mail
2019-06-03: version 3.8.7 new changes for date and tile
2021-06-16: version 3.9.0 compatible Joomla! 3.9, 3.10 nd 4.0 RC2
20230913: PDO version 4.0.5 for Joomla! 4.0+ (tested on J5.0 beta1) other versions on


Posted on 11 September 2023
Functionally great. All configurations under: System > Plugin
- Turn off "Update alert?" before enabling the Plugin (if emailer is not on)
Ease of use
An issue: Site goes down if plugin is enabled without an emailer.
Recovery: Disable plugin via a db update query on _extensions table.
I used this to: Scheduling regular backups of the db of a website to a specific folder location. Email feature is turned off permanently.
Turn off "Update alert?" before enabling the Plugin (if emailer is not on).
Recovery: Disable plugin via a db update query on _extensions table.
Owner's reply: Thanks Aloke for your comments!
The new version 4.0.6 resolves the error when mail is turned off.

Simple and good working

Posted on 26 January 2022
All that I need. It can simply make backup my database of my site and sent to my email in attachment on schedule.
Ease of use
Using this for some years, and have had no problem. Very easy and simple and fully free.
I used this to: Regular backup of the database of our own site. Backups sending to my mailbox and getting archived there.

Super plugin

Posted on 09 January 2020
Très utile pour sauvegarder les bases de données des sites avec possibilité de mettre un lien vers le site dans l'email
Ease of use
Très facile à utiliser et clair
Son utilisation est conviviale et logique
Pas encore utilisé
Pas eu besoin de support parce qu'il fonctionne bien
Pas regardé parce que facile à utiliser
Documentation pas nécessaire parce que plugin simple
I used this to: Je l'utilise pour tous mes sites Joomla depuis de nombreuses années
Merci et bravo Robert pour ce plugin très utile
NOT - The nEw Version make a error on Back- and Frontend after the update over the Joomla installer,
call to a member function children() on
Ease of use
Unfortunately, the latest version dost work in sites with Arabic / Hebrew characters..
Ease of use
very easy
I used this to: 352 PDO
Owner's reply: Could you try the mysqli version instead of PDO?
Really liked that this use the Joomla Updater.
Otherwise it does exactly what it says.
Ease of use
2 Minuted to install and configure
I used this to: Joomla 3.4.8

Top Backup Tool

Posted on 21 August 2015
All you need is inside
Alles was sie brauchen ist drin
Tout ce dont vous avez besoin est inclu
Ease of use
Compact, intelligent and simple to adjust
Kompakt, intelligent und einfach zu einrichten.
Compact, intelligent et simple à configurer
Smart and Competent
Kompetent und Smart
Competent et sympa
Well done
Gut gemacht
Bien faite
I used this to: all projects, since 2011

A MUST have!

Posted on 13 August 2013
Simple, easy, necessary!

Every website I install gets this extension!

Almost did not install on my J!3 sites since the update was so old. The newest (as of this review) is 3.1.2
I have been using Lazy backup in all its various forms for many years. It's a great way to always have a timely backup handy in case of data loss, hacking behavior and just be able to sleep at night.

My philosophy is that if I backup the files alone, I don't have a website. But if I have the database I can always build a new site on it.

LB does the job splendidly.
The support for this product is amazing, I emailed the developer, he responded that very afternoon and we exchanged several emails. The extension itself is easy to setup and use, we have it running on over 30 websites.


Robert Gastaud
Last updated:
Oct 17 2023
9 months ago
Date added:
Nov 18 2014
GPLv2 or later
Free download
J4 J5

Uses Joomla! Update System


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