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Fork of the basic Dockercloud / dockup image with augmented features
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Docker image to backup your Docker container volumes

Why the name? Docker + Backup = Dockup


You have a container running with one or more volumes:

$ docker run -d --name mysql tutum/mysql

From executing a $ docker inspect mysql we see that this container has two volumes:

"Volumes": {
            "/etc/mysql": {},
            "/var/lib/mysql": {}


Launch dockup container with the following flags:

$ docker run --rm \
--env-file env.txt \
--volumes-from mysql \
--name dockup tutum/dockup:latest

The contents of env.txt being:

PATHS_TO_BACKUP=/etc/mysql /var/lib/mysql

dockup will use your AWS credentials to create a new bucket with name as per the environment variable S3_BUCKET_NAME, or if not defined, using the default name The paths in PATHS_TO_BACKUP will be tarballed, gzipped, time-stamped and uploaded to the S3 bucket.

If you want dockup to run as a cron task, you can set the environment variable CRON_TIME to the desired frequency, for example CRON_TIME=0 0 * * * to backup every day at midnight.

For more complex backup tasks as dumping a database, you can optionally define the environment variables BEFORE_BACKUP_CMD and AFTER_BACKUP_CMD.


To restore your data simply set the RESTORE environment variable to true - this will restore the latest backup from S3 to your volume. If you want to restore a specific backup instead of the last one, you can also set the environment variable LAST_BACKUP to the desired tarball name.

For more complex restore operations, you can define a command to be run once the tarball has been downloaded and extracted using the environment variable AFTER_RESTORE_CMD.

A note on Buckets

Bucket naming guidelines:
"Bucket names must be unique and should be DNS compliant. Bucket names can contain lowercase letters, numbers, hyphens and periods. Bucket names can only start and end with a letter or number, and cannot contain a period next to a hyphen or another period."

These rules are enforced in some regions.

AWS S3 Regions

Region name Region
US Standard us-east-1
US West (Oregon) us-west-2
US West (N. California) us-west-1
EU (Ireland) eu-west-1
EU (Frankfurt) eu-central-1
Asia Pacific (Singapore) ap-southeast-1
Asia Pacific (Sydney) ap-southeast-2
Asia Pacific (Tokyo) ap-northeast-1
South America (Sao Paulo) sa-east-1

To perform a restore launch the container with the RESTORE variable set to true

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