Automated course backup

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Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 1.9. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version is available here: Automated course backup.

The backup configuration page enables administrators to configure automated course backups and a backup schedule. This menu can be found in the administration block under configuration.

  • Course backups are more expensive in terms of time and CPU usage. The recovery time to have your site running again is longer.
  • Course backups are useful for obtaining "fresh" copies of courses to be re-used or distributed individually, however they should never be used as a primary backup system (unless your hosting doesn't allow the preferred site backups).
  • In order to make scheduled course backups, you have to setup CRON to run periodically. Have a look at Set up cron for details.
  • Site backups, as explained in upgrading Moodle, are recommended in order to have all data saved with the best confidence and the shorter recovery time.


  • From 1.6 onwards, course backups automatically skip courses which are unavailable to students AND have not been changed in the last month.

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