Backup MySQL datadir without Mysqldump

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 6:44 pm

The fastest way to backup MySQL datadir is:

1) Stop the MySQL service

service mysql stop

2) Copy /var/lib/mysql to another location, i.e:

cp -R /var/lib/mysql /root/mysqldatadir

3) Start the MySQL service

service mysql start

4) Compress the new MySQL datadir with tar:

tar czf /root/mysqldatadir.tar.gz /root/mysqldatadir

5) Now copy the compressed file in the backup server.

Read how to restore MySQL datadir on a new server.

Updated on September 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

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