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Automatic cPanel Backup via Curl & Cron

This setup creates a full backup of your cPanel account each month, maintaining one backup for each previous year, and monthly backups for the current year. Backups are stored on another host.

You need two files:

  • crontab.txt (for setting up the cron job, that is, to make everything work automatically)
  • (the actual backup script)

I had to store these files on the host that I wanted to back up. You may be able to put them elsewhere. Make sure you have curl enabled where you put the script.


MAILTO="" 5 4 28 * * /home/yourdomain/ 5 4 31 12 * /home/yourdomain/ --year 

You'll have to set your crontab with a command like:

crontab crontab.txt

You can see what's in your crontab with the following command:

crontab -l

(see file contents)

Put the file, say, in your account root and make the file executable (e.g. with command "chmod 700").

Let me know in the comments how it works for you. Thanks!


  1. matt wrote:

    I was playing around with this and really liked it. I used the 1.1 version but wanted to go with the 1.2 version due to being able to put files into directories. The thing is the 1.2 version fails for me. If I cut and paste the "" into a browser it runs fine. Any ideas?

    /home/xxxxxx/backup/ line 51: No such file or directory
    curl returned exit status 127 - see curl manual pages for more details
    root@www1 [~]# curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host '–silent'
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host '–insecure'
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host '–user'
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host 'username:password'

    Posted on 10-Sep-08 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  2. anonymous wrote:

    I encountered the same problem as matt posted on 10-Sep-08. I am using a free shared hosting account to host a school PTA website. Has anyone else seen this, or better yet, has anyone found a way to get this to work ?

    Posted on 24-Sep-08 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
  3. anonymous wrote:

    I compared the version 1.1 script to the version 1.2 script, and it looks like the some of the arguments to the "curl" command require 2 dashes instead of a single dash. I gave up on this script because I didn't have a lot of time to debug it. I found a different version of the same script that works, even with SCP. Give it a try:
    Even though it doesn't specify SCP support in the README file, you can put "scp" in the $ftpmode variable, and it works. The code is a bit cleaner, since the author separated the variables into 1 file, and the actual backup script into another file.

    Posted on 25-Sep-08 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
  4. I talked earlier with Matt. We couldn't resolve the problem but I think I've now found the reason. Must've been some WordPress magic.. the code has double dashes when I post it but it appears as one long dash. Similar problem with quotes. I've updated the post.

    Btw, thanks, anonymous, for posting a link to an (another 😉 ) working solution!

    Posted on 26-Sep-08 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

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