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How to backup and restore OpenERP database automatically on linux ?

Updated 17 March 2017

In my last article, I described you how to take backup and restore OpenERP database using Openerp GUI or web-interface method method. Now, In this article , I`ll describe you how to take backup of your OpenERP database automatically and regularly too after certain time of period, using cron on linux.

1) Create 2 directories, one for placing the backup script (/var/scripts) and other for placing your database dump files (/var/pgdump).

NOTE – both directories should be owned by user = root

2) Create a script file as – /var/scripts/, set permission as 700,  owned by user = root and meant to run as root. I`ll set a cron job. The content of this script will be –


#fixed parameters:
date=$(date +"%Y-%m-%d_%H:%M:%S")

# Stop OpenERP Server
 /etc/init.d/openerp-server stop

# Taking Dump of selected DB
sudo -H -u postgres bash -c "pg_dump --format=c --no-owner $db>$filename"

# Start OpenERP Server
/etc/init.d/openerp-server start

exit 0

NOTE: starting/stopping openerp server is needed only when the database is heavy

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You can test whether this script is working or not by manually running it, like this


3) If everything goes correct , create a cron to run this script regularly after certain time of period –

sudo crontab -e

# add this line
0 */12 * * * /var/scripts/
# this would run after every 12 hours i.e twice a day

4) In order to restore using these dump file we can use Openerp GUI or can run following command:

pg_restore --no-owner --dbname=<DUMP_FILE>

5) Remove old dump files ,

– create another script (deletes backups which are older than 30 days) as


sudo find /var/pgdump/* -mtime +30 -exec rm {} \;

exit 0

– add this to cron as –

sudo crontab -e

# add this line
5 8 * * 6 /var/scripts/
# this would run 8:05 every saturday

That`s it !!!
I hope it will help someone.

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