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How to Restore a Backup with Softaculous

There may come a time where you need to restore your website from a backup you created with Softaculous. Softaculous makes this relatively simple to accomplish in a few short steps.

Note: While Softaculous allows you to create backups and restore them, you're limited to only two backups. We recommend using a backup solution like CodeGuard that will enable you to schedule regular backups and provides an even more straightforward restore process.

How to Restore a Backup

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Navigate to the Software section, then click on the Softaculous Apps Installer icon.

    cPanel - Software - Softaculous Apps Installer Icon

  3. At the top of the page, click on the Backups box.

    Softaculous Apps Installer - Backups Icon

  4. Click the Restore icon next to the backup you want to use.

    Softaculous Apps Installer - Restore Backup Icon

  5. Here you have three options. Restore Directory and Restore Database are selected by default.
    Note: If you chose Full Backup when you created the backup, you could select the second box for Delete existing files/folders.

    Softaculous Apps Installer - Restore Backup Options

  6. Click the Restore Installation button, then click OK on the pop-up window to confirm the restore process.

    Softaculous Apps Installer - Restore Backup Confirmation Pop-up

  7. You will see a status bar until the restore is complete.

    Softaculous Apps Installer - Restore Backup Progress Bar

  8. Once the restore has been completed, you will see a message like the one below, letting you know that it was completed successfully.

    Softaculous Apps Installer - Backup Restored Successfully

Congratulations! You've restored the backup to your live site.

Did you have to restore because you made a change to the live site that didn't turn out well? Try creating a staging site to test out changes on a copy of your site without risking taking down your production website.