Backup and Restore in Bamboo


Backup and restore functionality is crucial for data protection and disaster recovery in Bamboo. Regularly creating backups ensures that you can restore your Bamboo instance and its configurations in case of any unforeseen events. In this tutorial, we will explore the steps to perform backups and restore Bamboo instances effectively.

Creating Backups in Bamboo

Follow these steps to create backups of your Bamboo instance:

  1. Identify Backup Components: Determine the components that need to be included in the backup, such as Bamboo home directory, database, and other custom configurations.
  2. Stop Bamboo Services: Stop the Bamboo service to ensure data consistency during the backup process.
  3. Perform File-Level Backup: Create a backup of the Bamboo home directory and other relevant files. You can use a file system-level backup tool or manually copy the required directories.
  4. Perform Database Backup: Back up the Bamboo database using the appropriate database backup tools or commands. Consult your database documentation for specific instructions.
  5. Store Backups Securely: Store the backup files in a secure location, preferably in a different location or system to protect against data loss.

By following these steps, you can create regular backups of your Bamboo instance and its associated data.

Restoring Bamboo Instances

To restore a Bamboo instance from a backup, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the Environment: Set up a clean environment with the appropriate hardware, software, and network configurations required for Bamboo.
  2. Stop Bamboo Services: Stop any existing Bamboo services running on the target system.
  3. Restore Files: Copy the backed-up Bamboo home directory and other relevant files to the appropriate location on the target system.
  4. Restore Database: Restore the backed-up Bamboo database to the target database server using the appropriate database restoration tools or commands.
  5. Update Configurations: Update any necessary configurations, such as server addresses, database connection details, and user permissions, to reflect the new environment.
  6. Start Bamboo Services: Start the Bamboo services and verify that the restored instance is functioning correctly.

By following these steps, you can successfully restore your Bamboo instance and resume your CI/CD workflows.

Common Mistakes

  • Not performing regular backups, risking data loss in case of system failures or disasters.
  • Storing backups in the same location as the Bamboo instance, leaving them vulnerable to the same risks.
  • Failure to test the restoration process, resulting in potential issues during critical situations.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. How often should I perform backups in Bamboo?

    It is recommended to perform regular backups in Bamboo based on your organization's data protection and recovery requirements. Typically, daily or weekly backups are sufficient, but the frequency may vary depending on the amount and criticality of your Bamboo data.

  2. Can I perform backups while Bamboo services are running?

    It is recommended to stop Bamboo services before creating backups to ensure data consistency and avoid potential data corruption during the backup process.

  3. How can I automate the backup process in Bamboo?

    You can automate the backup process in Bamboo by scheduling backup scripts or using backup plugins available in the Atlassian Marketplace. These plugins offer features like automated backups, retention policies, and integration with cloud storage services.

  4. What should I do if my Bamboo backup files get corrupted?

    If your Bamboo backup files get corrupted, it may lead to difficulties during the restoration process. It is recommended to maintain multiple backups and regularly verify their integrity to mitigate the risk of data loss. In case of corruption, use the most recent valid backup available.

  5. Can I restore Bamboo data to a different version of Bamboo?

    It is generally recommended to restore Bamboo data to the same or compatible versions of Bamboo. Restoring data to an incompatible version may result in compatibility issues or data loss. Ensure that you follow the appropriate upgrade procedures if you need to restore to a different version of Bamboo.


Backup and restore functionality is vital for data protection and disaster recovery in Bamboo. By regularly creating backups of your Bamboo instance, including the Bamboo home directory and database, you can safeguard your CI/CD workflows. When needed, following the restoration process ensures a smooth transition back to normal operations. Avoid common mistakes such as inadequate backup frequency, improper storage of backups, and failure to test the restoration process. With proper backup and restore practices, you can protect your Bamboo instance and mitigate the risks associated with data loss and system failures.