Auto DB Backup

Auto DB Backup

Apr 8, 2022 8:17 AM
Ruby on Rails

The objective here is to automate database backups with a cron job and keep the backups secure remotely on an s3 bucket.

  1. Installation: Install the backup gem on the machine. Versions other than 5.0.0.beta.1 version can return an error with some JSON version. ssh onto your server and run gem install backup -v '5.0.0.beta.1'
  2. Configuration: Generate a model for the database. This model file will have the type and configuration of storage, database, encryption, compression, notifier, etc. for the database.
  3. backup generate:model --trigger <model name> \ --databases="postgresql" --storages="s3" \ --compressor="gzip" --notifiers="slack"

    Refer to this page for a detailed overview of the types of customizations available. You can omit any configuration that you don’t need here on the command above. This will create a /Users/<username>/Backup (macOS) directory by default (~/Backup on a Linux machine). The config file can be found at /Users/<username>/Backup/models/<you-model-name>.rb or Linux equivalent.<Project Environment>, <Project name with db type>) do
        database PostgreSQL do |db|               = ENV["POSTGRESQL_DATABASE"]
        db.username           = ENV["POSTGRESQL_USERNAME"]
        db.password           = ENV["POSTGRESQL_PASSWORD"]               = ENV["API_HOST_DOMAIN"]
        db.port               = 5432
        db.additional_options = ["-xc", "-E=utf8"]
        store_with S3 do |s3|
        s3.access_key_id     = ENV["BACKUP_BOT_AWS_KEY"]
        s3.secret_access_key = ENV["BACKUP_BOT_AWS_SECRET"]
        s3.region            = "ap-south-1"
        s3.bucket            = <cm-live-projects bucket or storage provided by client>
        s3.path              = <Project name>    s3.keep              = 5
        #notifier slack
        notify_by Slack do |slack|
        slack.on_success = true
        slack.on_warning = true
        slack.on_failure = true
        slack.webhook_url = ENV["BACKUP_BOT_SLACK_WEBHOOK"]

    This is what a demo model file with minimum complexity configuration looks like. All the variables in this particular file are fetched from the OS’ environment variables (these were set through cloud66). There can be alternative ways to bring these variables. The database's name, username, and password will be available on Cloud66 (refer image below). A bucket was created to store these backups. A slack application was created to integrate a bot that sends the status of a backup.

    The config file can be edited in a terminal-based text editor or (be copied to the server).

  4. Automation: To generate a backup use command backup perform -t <backup model name>. A cron job can be used for automatic backups. The command will differ in that case /usr/local/bin/backup perform -t staging here. With Ruby, use whenever gem to schedule cron. Contents of crontab can be listed using crontab -l.

The current version of this gem does not have a restore command. As of now, restoration has to be manual. An automated restoration mechanism will be available soon.