How to Restore a dotCMS Instance

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2020
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As a best practice it is recommended that backups of the database, assets, and index be scripted and maintained on a daily basis.  See the documentation for downloading/restoring indexes from the command line interface.

Without a matching index, it is possible to restore a dotCMS instance using only the database and the assets files.  However, after this type of restore, it’s imperative to run a full re-index.

If you have a dotCMS zipped backup you may upload it via the Maintenance task or place it under /dotCMS/ and start dotCMS.  Keep in mind that a restore will delete your current database and place it with the one you are restoring from.

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