Automate Backup through cPannel

Login to cPanel.

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Navigate to the File Manager.

see your files in home


Create a new file called fullbackup.php, per Justin Cook’s tutorial on Automated cPanel backups. And include the following, adding your cPanel and FTP Host credentials:

// PHP script to allow periodic cPanel backups automatically, optionally to a remote FTP server.
// This script contains passwords. KEEP ACCESS TO THIS FILE SECURE! (place it in your home dir, not /www/)
// Info required for cPanel access
$cpuser = "username"; // Username used to login to CPanel
$cppass = "password"; // Password used to login to CPanel
$domain = ""; // Domain name where CPanel is run
$skin = "x"; // Set to cPanel skin you use (script won't work if it doesn't match). Most people run the default x theme
// Info required for FTP host
$ftpuser = "ftpusername"; // Username for FTP account
$ftppass = "ftppassword"; // Password for FTP account
$ftphost = ""; // Full hostname or IP address for FTP host
$ftpmode = "ftp"; // FTP mode ("ftp" for active, "passiveftp" for passive)
// Notification information
$notifyemail = ""; // Email address to send results
// Secure or non-secure mode
$secure = 0; // Set to 1 for SSL (requires SSL support), otherwise will use standard HTTP
// Set to 1 to have web page result appear in your cron log
$debug = 0;
if ($secure) {
$url = "ssl://".$domain;
$port = 2083;
} else {
$url = $domain;
$port = 2082;
$socket = fsockopen($url,$port);
if (!$socket) { echo "Failed to open socket connection... Bailing out!n"; exit; }
// Encode authentication string
$authstr = $cpuser.":".$cppass;
$pass = base64_encode($authstr);
$params = "dest=$ftpmode&email=$notifyemail&server=$ftphost&user=$ftpuser&pass=$ftppass&submit=Generate Backup";
// Make POST to cPanel
fputs($socket,"POST /frontend/".$skin."/backup/dofullbackup.html?".$params." HTTP/1.0rn");
fputs($socket,"Host: $domainrn");
fputs($socket,"Authorization: Basic $passrn");
fputs($socket,"Connection: Closern");
// Grab response even if we don't do anything with it.
while (!feof($socket)) {
$response = fgets($socket,4096);
if ($debug) echo $response;

Now, navigate back to your cPanel home. Scroll to Advanced, Cron Jobs.

cron jobs


Create a new cron command to schedule the run of fullbackup.php.

new cronYou can set the frequency of the run using the settings. The command that you will use is:

/usr/local/bin/php /home/youraccount/fullbackup.php


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