Mysql Cloud Backup - a Swiss Army knife for backup related tasks.
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Mysql Cloud Backup


This task of this python script is to provide some helper functions to painlessly take backup of mysql database, compress, encrypt, decrypt it, or split it into smaller files, upload it to cloudapp storage… My aim is to create a Swiss Army knife for backup related tasks.


Features are implemented as independent functions. You can use them as you wish. Use them in any order or skip some when not needed.

  • Easily run shell commands and capture their output.
  • Generate filenames based of date and time.
  • Compress files using bzip2 or gzip.
  • Backup your database using mysqldump.
  • Split bigger files into parts.
  • Encrypt and Decrypt files using openssl.
  • Login and Upload files to cloudapp.


  • Install pycloudapp module for cloudapp support.

    If pip not installed, first get easy_install (also get git)

    # For RPM based distro
    yum install python-setuptools git
    # For Debian based distro
    apt-get install python-setuptools git
    # For Mac OSX
    echo "Mac is awesome"

    Now install pip

    easy_install pip    

    Now use pip to install pycloudapp

    pip install -e git+git://
  • Now get mysqlcloudback

    git clone


Using mysqlcloudback is easy, check the source for example. When writing this mysqlcloudback, the thing that i specially cared for is, every function is independent, So you can encrypt your backup file first (or any file, it wont mind) then compress it, or split it first then compress it and forget to encrypt, anything you wish.

Usage included in is preety self explanatory.

from mysqlcloudback import mysqlcloudback

#usage example
mybackup = mysqlcloudback()
filename = mybackup.generatefilename("db","%Y_%m_%d",".sql")
compressedfile = mybackup.compressbackup(filename,"gzip")
encfile = mybackup.encryptfile(compressedfile,"passphrase",True)
splits = mybackup.splitfile(encfile,24,".part_")

uploads = mybackup.uploadcloudapp(splits)

print "Uploaded %i Files" % len(uploads)
for upld in uploads:
    print upld

Here i generated a filename based on year-month-day then took mysqldump,compressed it,encrypted it,splited it as 24MB parts then uploaded them to cloudup. It may called from crontab for scheduled backup tasks.

Contribution and TODO

Feel free to hack into the code and be sure to send pull request. The "downloadfile" and "joinfiles" functions are not implemented(TODO). New features can be "uploaddropbox" or "uploaddroplr" or "uploadrsync" or "uploadscp" etc . . . Or "backuporacle", "backupFooDb" etc . . .


Copyright © 2013 Sarim Khan Licensed under Mozilla Public License 1.1 ("MPL"), an open source/free software license.