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Vackup: Backup and Restore Docker Volumes

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This is now an Official Docker Desktop Extension called "Volumes Backup & Share" which has more features, but I'll keep this repo around for historial purposes.

Vackup: (contraction of "volume backup")

Easily backup and restore Docker volumes using either tarballs or container images. It's designed for running from any host/container where you have the docker CLI.

Note that for open files like databases, it's usually better to use their preferred backup tool to create a backup file, but if you stored that file on a Docker volume, this could still be a way you get the Docker volume into a image or tarball for moving to remote storage for safe keeping.

export/import commands copy files between a local tarball and a volume. For making volume backups and restores.

save/load commands copy files between an image and a volume. For when you want to use image registries as a way to push/pull volume data.


vackup export VOLUME FILE Creates a gzip'ed tarball in current directory from a volume

vackup import FILE VOLUME Extracts a gzip'ed tarball into a volume

vackup save VOLUME IMAGE Copies the volume contents to a busybox image in the /volume-data directory

vackup load IMAGE VOLUME Copies /volume-data contents from an image to a volume


Download the vackup file in this repository to your local machine in your shell path and make it executable.

curl -sSL > /usr/local/bin/vackup
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/vackup

Error conditions

If any of the commands fail, the script will check to see if a VACKUP_FAILURE_SCRIPT environment variable is set. If so it will run it and pass the line number the error happened on and the exit code from the failed command. Eg,

# /opt/bin/
send_slack_webhook "Vackup failed on line number ${LINE_NUMBER} with exit code ${EXIT_CODE}!"
export VACKUP_FAILURE_SCRIPT=/opt/bin/
./vackup export ......