How to upload your Site backup to your Dropbox Account – easy way

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I had been looking for a secured and fast way to upload my website’s backup regularly or after every modification, to my DropBox account.

This way, I always have a safe copy protected somewhere away from my hosting server, and can be retrieved in case of emergency, with minimum dataloss.

  1. Login to your Dropbox account

    If you don’t already have one. Click Create a new Dropbox Account

  2. Create Your Ap

    Now visit https://www.dropbox.com/developers and click on “Create Your App”


  3. Download Bash Script

    Clone the repository using git (recommended):

    git clone https://github.com/andreafabrizi/Dropbox-Uploader.git
    

    OR
    or download the script manually using this command say under myscripts folder :

    curl "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/andreafabrizi/Dropbox-Uploader/master/dropbox_uploader.sh" -o dropbox_uploader.sh
    

    Then give the execution permission to the script and run it:

    $chmod +x dropbox_uploader.sh
    $./dropbox_uploader.sh
    
  4. Run dropbox_uploader

    The first time you run dropbox_uploader (you can also use bash dropbox_uploader.sh), you’ll be guided through a wizard in order to configure access to your Dropbox.

    Use the value
    This configuration will be stored in ~/.dropbox_uploader.

  5. Install any backup utility

    I personally prefer Akeeba backup for Joomla as well as WordPress. Take the backup and use the following command to upload the backup file using command line from within the script folder where the dropbox_uploader.sh file is located

    bash dropbox_uploader.sh upload PATH_TO_THE_BACKUP_FOLDER/*.jpa ./
    

    Your backup file (.jpa file in case you are using Akeeba Backup) gets uploaded on the Dropbox folder
    You can use cron to upload the backup to your Dropbox account at a regular interval.

  6. Read more about how to Automate Akeeba backup using Joomla and WordPress

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