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Magpie is a delightful Statamic addon that makes it easier for you to stash away backups of your site. Like the clever fox you are, you know the importance of keeping backups of your site on hand! Public Service Announcement: a magpie is not a fox.


To install Magpie, simply copy the Magpie directory to your site's addons directory and you are done!


It is highly recommended that you create a magpie.yaml file in your site's site/settings/addons directory. The default settings file looks like this:

backup-folders: []
copy-backups: []
  "after-move": No
  "after-days": 30

Backup Folders

The backup-folders configuration entry determines which folders within your site's site (what a mouth full!) directory are backed up. If no directories are specified everything in the site directory is backed up. For example, if we only wanted to back up our content, settings and storage directories, we would specify these in the settings like so:

  - content
  - settings
  - storage

Now, when we run the php please magpie:backup command only these three directories specified will be backed up. Win!

Copying Backup Files

It is often important to move your backup files to some other place (like a different server). To make this as easy as possible to accomplish, Magpie taps into the power and ease of Statamic's asset system. In fact, to tell Magpie to copy your backups simply list the name of the asset container and the folder you want them moved to. Really! That's it! Magpie is so obedient. It's a shame, really.

For example, if we already have an asset container named main that is connected to Amazon S3, we can tell Magpie to copy backups to a backups folder there:

  "main": "backups"

Just make sure the asset container and folder already exists! I also recommend you read Statamic's documentation on Assets:

You can list more than one asset container-as long as they are already configured within Statamic!

Purging Backup Files

The following configuration values help Magpie figure out which backup files it should remove when the php please magpie:purge command is ran:

  "after-move": No
  "after-days": 30

The after-move configuration value determines if Magpie should delete the local backup file after it has been moved to some other location (via the asset containers). If the value is No, Magpie will keep the local copy. If the value is Yes, Magpie will remove the local copy once it detects the backup file has been stored in an asset container.

The after-days configuration value determines how many days old a backup file has to be before it gets automatically deleted by Magpie.

Creating a Backup

To create a backup file of your site, simply issue the following command:

php please magpie:backup

The backup command will move the backup files to any configured asset containers automatically, no need to worry about it! Additionally, this command will also remove old backup files for you.

Removing Old Backup Files

By default Magpie will delete backup files that are 30 days or older, or files that have already been moved to another server (see the previous section titled "Copying Backup Files").

To manually remove old backup files, simply issue the following command:

php please magpie:purge

The magpie:backup command automatically calls this for you.

But What About git?

Ah yes, you. You clever person. The thing is, it gets to be too much to try and manage all of the various things you can do with git using YAML configuration files. For you, my dear friend, I have something very special. Magpie emits a very special event named magpie.finished. This event passes along an instance of Symfony\Component\Process\Process as it's payload. The working directory of this process has already been set to your site's site directory.

To use it, create an event listener (again, consult Statamic's official documentation on Event Listeners: that listen's for the magpie.finished event. Here is an example event listener:


namespace Statamic\Addons\Example;

use Statamic\Extend\Listener;
use Symfony\Component\Process\Process;

class ExampleListener extends Listener

    public $events = [
        'magpie.finished' => 'handleBackup'

    public function handleBackup(Process $process)
        // Create an array of the commands that we
        // would normally issue in the console.
        $commands[] = 'git add .';
        $commands[] = 'git commit -a -m "Automated backup"';
        $commands[] = 'git push';

        // The implode function will add the ` && `
        // between each command so we don't have to.
        $process->setCommandLine(implode(' && ', $commands))->run();


There is a lot you can do with the Process class. Check out the documentation at

"But wait! I just want to hook into the event without generating a backup file!" - Ah yes! I hear you. That's why there exists a --no-create option that will cause the backup command to simply fire the event without generating the backup file (this also means that Magpie won't move or purge backup files). To use this, you can specify the following command in your automated task:

php please magpie:backup --no-create

How do you automate Magpie? Funny you ask...

Automating Magpie

To automate Magpie, please read the official Statamic documentation on Tasks:

Once you have read and understood the documentation, and completed the steps it outlined, please create a new task that runs the magpie:backup command at whatever interval you would like (I recommend weekly, unless you perform many site updates).

Restoring Backup Files

Magpie also lets you restore your backup files. You do not have to keep track of where the backup files are located. The restore command will be able to find the backup file you are looking for as long as it exists in a configured asset container. The only information you need to prove to Magpie is the name of the backup file (including the .zip extension).

Assuming we had a backup file named we can tell Magpie to restore this by issuing the following command:

php please magpie:restore

This will instruct Magpie to find the backup file, even if it exists on a cloud storage system such as S3.

Backing Up the Current State of Your Site

By default, before Magpie performs a restore it will create a backup of the current state of your Statamic site. You can change this behavior by supplying the --no-backup flag:

php please magpie:restore <backup_file> --no-backup

Restoration and Maintenance Mode

Magpie will automatically send your site into maintenance mode when a restore process is initiated. This can be disabled by supplying the --keep-up flag:

php please magpie:restore <backup_file> --keep-up

Magpie will automatically bring your site out of maintenance mode once the restoration has completed.

Handling Failed Restorations

Sometimes restoring from a backup file doesn't quite go as planned. To handle this Magpie will attempt to restore your site from the most recent local backup it can find. This works best when the you do not specify the --no-backup flag (see the previous section "Backing Up the Current State of Your Site"). Of course, this behavior can be disabled by supplying the --no-fix flag:

php please magpie:restore <backup_file> --no-fix

If you are willing to set the --no-fix flag, you might also want to set the --no-backup one as well (not recommending this though):

php please magpie:restore <backup_file> --no-fix --no-backup

Where Magpie Stores Backups

Magpie stores your local backup files in the local/storage/backups directory. This directory will be empty most of the time if you have configured Magpie to move your backup files to other storage containers (such as Amazon S3).

Magpie will not attempt to handle the purging of files in your remote storage containers.

Magpie also writes to the local/storage/restores directory when restoring your site from a previous backup. Magpie handles the clean-up in this directory so do not rely on any contents that might be in here!


Magpie - Backup Manager for Statamic is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license.


A clever backup manager for your @statamic sites.




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