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This statement is used to perform a distributed backup of the TiDB cluster.

The BACKUP statement uses the same engine as the BR tool does, except that the backup process is driven by TiDB itself rather than a separate BR tool. All benefits and warnings of BR also apply in this statement.

Executing BACKUP requires SUPER privilege. Additionally, both the TiDB node executing the backup and all TiKV nodes in the cluster must have read or write permission to the destination.

The BACKUP statement is blocked until the entire backup task is finished, failed, or canceled. A long-lasting connection should be prepared for executing BACKUP. The task can be canceled using the KILL TIDB QUERY statement.

Only one BACKUP and RESTORE task can be executed at a time. If a BACKUP or RESTORE statement is already being executed on the same TiDB server, the new BACKUP execution will wait until all previous tasks are finished.

BACKUP can only be used with "tikv" storage engine. Using BACKUP with the "mocktikv" engine will fail.




Back up databases

BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/2020/04/';
+------------------------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------------+---------------------+ | Destination | Size | BackupTS | Queue Time | Execution Time | +------------------------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------------+---------------------+ | local:///mnt/backup/2020/04/ | 248665063 | 416099531454472 | 2020-04-12 23:09:48 | 2020-04-12 23:09:48 | +------------------------------+-----------+-----------------+---------------------+---------------------+ 1 row in set (58.453 sec)

In the example above, the test database is backed up into the local filesystem. The data is saved as SST files in the /mnt/backup/2020/04/ directories distributed among all TiDB and TiKV nodes.

The first row of the result above is described as follows:

DestinationThe destination URL
SizeThe total size of the backup archive, in bytes
BackupTSThe TSO of the snapshot when the backup is created (useful for incremental backup)
Queue TimeThe timestamp (in current time zone) when the BACKUP task is queued.
Execution TimeThe timestamp (in current time zone) when the BACKUP task starts to run.

Back up tables

BACKUP TABLE `test`.`sbtest01` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/sbtest01/';
BACKUP TABLE sbtest02, sbtest03, sbtest04 TO 'local:///mnt/backup/sbtest/';

Back up the entire cluster

BACKUP DATABASE * TO 'local:///mnt/backup/full/';

Note that the system tables (mysql.*, INFORMATION_SCHEMA.*, PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA.*, …) will not be included into the backup.

External storages

BR supports backing up data to S3 or GCS:

BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 's3://example-bucket-2020/backup-05/?region=us-west-2&access-key={YOUR_ACCESS_KEY}&secret-access-key={YOUR_SECRET_KEY}';

The URL syntax is further explained in External Storages.

When running on cloud environment where credentials should not be distributed, set the SEND_CREDENTIALS_TO_TIKV option to FALSE:

BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 's3://example-bucket-2020/backup-05/?region=us-west-2' SEND_CREDENTIALS_TO_TIKV = FALSE;

Performance fine-tuning

Use RATE_LIMIT to limit the average upload speed per TiKV node to reduce network bandwidth.

By default, every TiKV node would run 4 backup threads. This value can be adjusted with the CONCURRENCY option.

Before backup is completed, BACKUP would perform a checksum against the data on the cluster to verify correctness. This step can be disabled with the CHECKSUM option if you are confident that this is unnecessary.

BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 's3://example-bucket-2020/backup-06/' RATE_LIMIT = 120 MB/SECOND CONCURRENCY = 8 CHECKSUM = FALSE;


Specify a timestamp, TSO or relative time to backup historical data.

-- relative time BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/hist01' SNAPSHOT = 36 HOUR AGO; -- timestamp (in current time zone) BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/hist02' SNAPSHOT = '2020-04-01 12:00:00'; -- timestamp oracle BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/hist03' SNAPSHOT = 415685305958400;

The supported units for relative time are:

  • HOUR
  • DAY
  • WEEK

Note that, following SQL standard, the units are always singular.

Incremental backup

Supply the LAST_BACKUP option to only backup the changes between the last backup to the current snapshot.

-- timestamp (in current time zone) BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/hist02' LAST_BACKUP = '2020-04-01 12:00:00'; -- timestamp oracle BACKUP DATABASE `test` TO 'local:///mnt/backup/hist03' LAST_BACKUP = 415685305958400;

MySQL compatibility

This statement is a TiDB extension to MySQL syntax.

See also

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