Open-Xchange backup

From Open-Xchange


This article describes the components needed to back up Open-Xchange and its data.


A backup of the configuration files is recommended once after installation and after every change (also before and after any software update).

All configuration is in the directory


User Data

User Data is in the Mysql Database as well as in the location of the registered filestores as normal files in the filesystem.

It is important that filestore and database are backed up at the same time. This is because the meta data for the files in the filestore directories is in the database. The best way to achieve this, is using snapshots or a similar mechanism.


For the Filestore, standard tools can be used to perform the backup. Following command gives an overview of all filestore directories.



For the Database, the standard mysql tools can be used for a backup. If mysqldump is used to back up the database, following parameters are recommended:

mysqldump --hex-blob --all-databases --single-transaction > database_dumpfile.mysql


It is recommended to delete all existing data beneath the filestore entry point, e.g. /var/opt/filestore/* to avoid inconsistencies before restoring a backup to the filestore.

The database dumpfile is restored by the following command. Existing databases should be dropped before restroing the backup file:

 mysql -uroot -p < database_dumpfile.mysql

Being able to use the user permissions right after importing the "user" table the permissions have to be flushed:

 mysql -uroot -p -e "FLUSH PRIVILEGES;"

In case of data restore, it is imperative to use database and filestore data that have been backed up at the same time to avoid inconsistencies. After a restore the consistency tool has to run for a basic check:


Single context restore

It is possible to only restore a single context from within a complete mysql database dump. This is described on the following page: ContextRestore_Bundle