Console - BACKUP

Executes a complete backup on the currently opened database. It then compresses the backup file using the ZIP algorithm. You can then restore a database from backups, using the RESTORE DATABASE command. You can automate backups using the Automatic-Backup server plugin.

Backups and restores are similar to the EXPORT DATABASE and IMPORT DATABASE, but they offer better performance than these options.

NOTE: OrientDB Community Edition does not support backing up remote databases. OrientDB Enterprise Edition does support this feature. For more information on how to implement this with Enterprise Edition, see Remote Backups.


BACKUP DATABASE <output-file> [-incremental] [-compressionLevel=<compressionLevel>] [-bufferSize=<bufferSize>]
  • <output-file> Defines the path to the backup file.
  • -incremental Option to execute an incremental backup. When enabled, it computes the data to backup as all new changes since the last backup. Available only in the OrientDB Enterprise Edition version 2.2 or later.
  • -compressionLevel Defines the level of compression for the backup file. Valid levels are 0 to 9. The default is 9. Available in 1.7 or later.
  • -bufferSize Defines the compression buffer size. By default, this is set to 1MB. Available in 1.7 or later.


In order to enable a user to execute this command, you must add the permission of create for the resource database.backup to the database user.


  • Backing up a database:
orientdb> CONNECT plocal:../databases/mydatabase admin admin
orientdb> BACKUP DATABASE /backups/

Backing current database to: database
Backup executed in 0.52 seconds

Incremental Backup

Since version 2.2, OrientDB Enterprise Edition supports incremental backups. For more details see Incremental Backup and Restore

For more information, see:

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