When working with databases, you have to make backups. This tutorial will focus on MySQL on Ubuntu 20.04. The process will be described in detailed commands and also to secure your data.
Copying your data from the Ubuntu server
First, you need to be logged in as a user with root privileges. After successful login, you need to check the list of databases. This can be done by entering a simple command:
mysql -u USERNAME
Further, after a successful login, you need to enter a special command that will provide you with the entire list of databases. This command looks like this:
SHOW DATABASES; +--------------------+ | Database | +--------------------+ | test_data | | important_db | | information_schema | | mysql | | performance_schema | +--------------------+ 5 rows in set (0.012 sec)
Then you can close the command line by typing exit;
You may need to use a password for login. To do this, just add -p to the command below. If you need to keep all databases, you can use the shortcut –all-databases instead of –databases names
mysqldump -u USERNAME --databases test_data important_db > database_dump.sql
Then the file is automatically generated. It will be named “database_dump.sql”. Its content includes all data for restoring the databases that you specify.
Protecting Your Backup Process
An important recommendation: if the data in the database contains sensitive data, then you should definitely encrypt it before you save or start the process of moving between servers. Run the first command below and then enter your password; it will not appear on your screen.
openssl enc -aes-256-cbc -pbkdf2 -in database_dump.sql -out database_dump.sql.enc enter aes-256-cbc encryption password: Verifying - enter aes-256-cbc encryption password: rm database_dump.sql
In order for you to be able to decrypt your backup, you can use a special command, which is indicated below:
openssl enc -d -aes-256-cbc -pbkdf2 -in database_dump.sql.enc -out database_dump.sql enter aes-256-cbc encryption password:
The process of moving a backup
During the backup process, the .sql size can be bulky in size. This will negatively affect the file and data transfer process. Instead, you can use tools such as rsync to exchange data directly between servers.
rsync -a ./database_dump.sql firstname.lastname@example.org:/tmp/
18.104.22.168 – should be changed to your server address
user is the username on the remote server
tmp/ – should be replaced with your remote server directory
To restore your database, you can use the special mysql utility, an example is shown below:
mysql -u USERNAME <database_dump.sql