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Magedbm2 - Magento 2.x Database Backup Manager

Looking for Magento 1.x support? Head over to magedbm.

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magedbm2 is a database backup manager for Magento 2.

It was written with developers in mind and provides commands for:

  • Creating sanitised (or unsanitised) Magento 2 production database backups and uploading them to Amazon S3
  • Downloading and importing existing backups to development or staging environments
  • Exporting and importing anonymised sensitive data tables


magedbm2 requires PHP 7.0+ with permission to run the exec and passthru functions to create and import database backups.


Download the Phar file from the latest Github release. Then run:

mv magedbm2.phar /usr/local/bin/magedbm2
chmod +x /usr/local/bin/magedbm2


magedbm2 uses Amazon S3 to store generated files. To use it you will need to create two buckets on S3 (one for database backups and another for data exports) and a user that has read and write access to the buckets. Note down your:

  • AWS Access Key ID
  • AWS Secret Access Key
  • S3 region where your bucket is hosted
  • The bucket names

These details will need to be specified with option flags to most magedbm2 commands.

Remembering credentials

While the ability to specify the credentials as command line options is useful in automated scenarios, for personal everyday usage magedbm2 can be configured to remember your credentials by running:

magedbm2 configure [--access-key="..."] [--secret-key="..."] [--region="..."] [--bucket="..."] [--data-bucket="..."][-n]

By default, the configure command will interactively prompt you for each of the configuration details. Alternatively, you can run it in a non-interactive mode with the -n option and specify the credentials you want to save by using the --access-key, --secret-key, --region, --bucket or --data-bucket options.

The configuration is saved in a YAML file, usually located in ~/.magedbm2/config.yml.

Using without a Magento Installation

It's not always possible to run magedbm2 on the same server that a Magento installation is present, for example you might want to run a cron for magedbm2 on your database server so that you don't clog the pipe to the application server with unnecessary backup traffic.

magedbm2 normally discovers the database credentials by looking for the app/etc/env.php configuration file in a Magento project. If this is not found then magedbm2 will fallback to the following options:

  • --db-host
  • --db-port
  • --db-user
  • --db-pass

Defining strip table rules

Often in your projects you'll have a list of tables that you want to strip as a group. You may be familiar with this concept in magerun when passing --strip=@development to the db:dump command. Magedbm ships with a default set of strip table groups but you can add your by adding a new key under table-groups in your configuration, e.g.

  - id: superpay
    description: Sensitive Super Pay tables
    tables: superpay_* super_logs superpay

You can then use that table group in your put command, magedbm2 put --strip=@superpay myproject.

Defining anonymisation rules

As well as stripping certain tables in your projects, you might also have project-specific columns containing sensitive data that you do not want exported. To do this you need to define which formatter to apply to the column.

Depending on the type of entity that you want to anonymise you'll either need to use the tables or the eav key in the configuration. Assuming that we've added a new table called super_pay with two columns that need anonymisation and we've added a new attribute to customers.

    - name: super_pay
        customer_card_number: Faker\Provider\Payment::creditCardNumber
        receipt_email: Faker\Provider\Internet::email
    - entity: customer
        super_pay_tracking_id: Meanbee\Magedbm2\Anonymizer\Formatter\Rot13 # lol.

You have access to the Faker library.

The format of the formatter string is either ${className} if the class implements Meanbee\Magedbm2\Anonymizer\FormatterInterface or ${className}::${method} if you want to call a method directly.


Upload a database backup

magedbm2 put [--strip="..."] [--clean=NUM|--no-clean] <project>

The put command will create a database backup from a Magento 2 installation at the current working directory (or the directory specified with --root-dir) and upload it to S3.

By default, the command uses n98-magerun2 for database operations and creates backups with all customer data stripped out (the @development strip setting to the n98-magerun2 db:dump command). However, you can customise what data gets stripped, if any, using the --strip option.

The put command also automatically cleans up old database backups once a new one has been uploaded, keeping only the 5 most recent backup files. You can customise the number of retained backups with the --clean option, or disable it completely with --no-clean.

List available backup files

magedbm2 ls [<project>]

The ls command will show the backup files available for import in S3. If called without a project name, it will show the available projects instead.

Import a database backup

magedbm2 get [--download-only] [--force] get <project> [<file>]

Use the get command to download a backup file from S3 and import it to a Magento 2 installation at the current working directory (or the directory specified with --root-dir).

By default, the get command will choose the latest backup file available for the given project. You can import specific backup files by providing the name of the file after the project name.

To download the backup file without importing it, use the --download-only option. The file will be downloaded to the current working directory.

Delete database backup files

magedbm2 rm <project> <file>

The rm command allows you to delete specific backup files from S3.

Exporting sensitive data

magedbm2 export <project>

The export command allows you generate an anonymised export of your database, based on your anonymisation rules.

Importing sensitive data

magedbm2 import [--no-progress] [--download-only] <project> [<file>]

The import command allows you to import an anonymised export of your database.



While there is no formal contribution process, feel free to contribute by:

  1. Creating issues, bug reports or feature requests on Github
  2. Submitting pull requests for improvements

Pull requests should be submitted to the develop branch to be included in the next release.


Developing magedbm2 requires:


To install development dependencies for magedbm2, run:

phing install

Code style

magedbm2 follows PSR-2 for code style and a set of rules from phpmd to check for code problems.

You should run the following to check for any potential issues with the code before committing it:

phing lint


magedbm2 is tested with PHPUnit. 100% code coverage is not required, but all significant parts should have unit tests.

Make sure that the full suite of tests passes before committing changes by running:

phing test


You can build the magedbm2 phar archive with Box by running:

phing build


To release a new version of magedbm2:

  1. Build the phar archive

  2. Update the manifest.json file with the new version information

    • Use https://github.com/meanbee/magedbm2/releases/download/<version>/magedbm2.phar as the URL

    • To calculate the sha1 checksum of the phar archive, run: sha1sum magedbm2.phar

  3. Update the Installation instructions above with the new version

  4. Create a release on Github