Automate your Heroku backups
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README.md

heroku_backup_task

FYI: automatic backups are now in private beta

Kinda thought this was right around the corner ;) http://addons.heroku.com/pgbackups

Description

A simple helper to automate your Heroku app backups

Installation

# Gemfile
gem "heroku_backup_task"

# Rakefile
require "heroku_backup_task/tasks"
task :cron => :heroku_backup

# Rakefile (alternative)
require "heroku_backup_task"
task :cron do
  # other code here
  HerokuBackupTask.execute
end

Make sure you install the pgbackups addon

heroku addons:add pgbackups:basic

Configuration

By default, heroku_backup_task will back up DATABASE_URL. You can change this with:

heroku config:add HEROKU_BACKUP_DATABASES="SOME_DATABASE_URL,OTHER_DATABASE_URL"

Usage

NOTE: heroku_backup_task will expire your oldest backup to make room for a new backup if necessary.

Set up cron on your application with

heroku addons:add cron:daily

You will see something like this in your cron logs

[Thu Nov 18 12:59:56 -0500 2010] starting heroku backup task
[Thu Nov 18 12:59:57 -0500 2010] backing up: DATABASE_URL

License

MIT