Backup File Types - cPanel

When you have a backup file, you will need to know what type of backup it is so you can know what is saved inside. Below are examples of the format for the various backup file names along with descriptions to help you determine the contents of a backup.

Full cPanel Backup

backup-5.18.2011_18-46-23_cpaneluser.tar.gz

This is the format of a full backup file. It includes your home directory, including addon domains and subdomains, databases, email forwarders and filters.

Home Directory Backup

backup-domain.com-5-18-2011.tar.gz

This is the format of a home directory backup file. It includes all of the files in your home directory that you own as well as files which you do not own but have access to.

MySQL Backup

database_name.sql.gz

This is the format of a MySQL backup file. It only includes the data of a single database.

Email Forwarders Backup

aliases-domain.com.gz

This is the format of an Email Forwarders backup file. It includes all forwarders you've created in cPanel.

Email Filters Backup

filter_info.cpaneluser.yaml.gz

This is the format of an Email Filters backup file. It includes all account-level and user-level filters you've created in cPanel.

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