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I was wondering if there was any way of making a backup of an entire MySQL Server at regular intervals to a specific location. (If the version is required I can get it easily).

If there is, I must have a way of restoring just a single database from that server backup easily as though I have backed them up individually.

The method used will just be a pure backup and not a difference so no need to worry about complications.

UPDATE: I am using Windows Server 2008 to host the MySQL Server

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InnoDB or MyISAM? Enterprise or Community? Can you use 3rd party tools? – gbn May 22 '12 at 11:37
@gbn InnoDB I'm pretty sure, and I would rather not use 3rd party tools unless it is impossible to do otherwise – JakeJ May 22 '12 at 12:42
A batch script that calls mysqldump is not good enough? – pritaeas May 22 '12 at 15:02
@pritaeas I'm not saying that it isn't good enough, I'm actually asking for any way to do it whatsoever, just to the requirements above – JakeJ May 22 '12 at 16:41
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You need to make backups of each database separately

First, go get all your databases

MYSQL_CONN="-uusername -ppassword"
SQLSTMT="SELECT DISTINCT table_schema FROM information_schema.tables"
SQLSTMT="${SQLSTMT} ('information_schema','mysql','performance_schema')"
mysql ${MYSQL_CONN} -ANe"${SQLSTMT}" > /tmp/ListOfDatabases.txt


If you have a few databases to backup, you can dump all the databases is parallel:

MYSQL_CONN="-uusername -ppassword"
MYSQLDUMP_OPTIONS="--hex-blob --routines --triggers"
for DB in `cat /tmp/ListOfDatabases.txt`
    mysqldump ${MYSQL_CONN} ${MYSQLDUMP_OPTIONS} ${DB} | gzip > ${BACKUP_GZIP} &


If there are too many databases to launch at the same time, dump 10 at a time:

MYSQL_CONN="-uusername -ppassword"
MYSQLDUMP_OPTIONS="--hex-blob --routines --triggers"
for DB in `cat /tmp/ListOfDatabases.txt`
    mysqldump ${MYSQL_CONN} ${MYSQLDUMP_OPTIONS} ${DB} | gzip > ${DB}.sql.gz &
    (( COMMIT_COUNT++ ))
    if [ ${COMMIT_COUNT} -eq ${COMMIT_LIMIT} ]
if [ ${COMMIT_COUNT} -gt 0 ]


If there are simply way too many databases or the some of the databases are simply too large for frequent backups, you may want to think about making backups like this:

  • On the 1st of the month, dump the Separate Databases Using BACKUP ALGORITHM #2
  • Every hour, make copies to the binary logs (forming a binary log archive)

That way, restoration of a database can be done in a point-in-time fashion.

For example, to get database mydb as for 2012-05-20 09:00:00 you do this:

  • Restore Database Backup from 2012-05-01 00:00:00
  • Replay all archived binary logs using the mysqlbinlog program
    • use option --start-datetime="2012-05-01 00:00:00"
    • use option --stop-datetime="2012-05-20 09:00:00"
    • use option --database=mydb


There may be other considerations to these scripts you may want to factor in. You may also want to use Open Source/Commerical programs to get the backups in the way most comfortable for you to use.

I would further recommend using MySQL Replication. That way these scripts can be executed on the Slave in this manner (as recommended in MySQL 5.0 Certification Study Guide, Page 462 Section 32.6 under the Heading "Replication as an Aid to Backup"):

  • Run the Backup

This would also keep the backups from interefering with a production Master.

UPDATE 2012-05-22 12:42 EDT

Oh, you are running Windows 2008? That is a whole different ballgame.

I actually wrote a post in StackOverflow on dumping separate databases in Windows back in March of 2012.

I will post my answer from StackOverflow right now...

Have the information_schema database construct a DOS Batch File to perform the mysqldumps in parallel

set MYSQLUSER=root
set MYSQLPASS=1234
set BATCHFILE=S:\Backup\MySQL\Batch_mysqldump.bat 
set DUMPPATH=S:\Backup\MySQL
echo @echo off > %BATCHFILE% 
echo cd %DUMPPATH% >> %BATCHFILE% 
mysql -u%MYSQLUSER% -p%MYSQLPASS% -AN -e"SELECT CONCAT('start mysqldump -u%MYSQLUSER% -p%MYSQLPASS% --routines --triggers ',schema_name,' > ',schema_name,'.sql') FROM information_schema.schemata WHERE schema_name NOT IN ('information_schema','performance_schema')" >> %BATCHFILE% 

Just run like any DOS Batch File

Make sure you have the correct username and password to connect to mysql

I just tried it out to make sure

C:\>set MYSQLUSER=lwdba

C:\>set MYSQLPASS=<hidden>

C:\>set BATCHFILE=C:\LWDBA\Batch_mysqldump.bat


C:\>echo @echo off > %BATCHFILE%

C:\>echo cd %DUMPPATH% >> %BATCHFILE%

C:\>mysql -u%MYSQLUSER% -p%MYSQLPASS% -AN -Bse"SELECT CONCAT('start mysqldump -u%MYSQLUSER% -p%MYSQLPASS% --routines --triggers ',schema_nam
e,' > ',schema_name,'.sql') FROM information_schema.schemata WHERE schema_name NOT IN ('information_schema','performance_schema')" >> %BATCH

C:\>type %BATCHFILE%
@echo off
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers a1ex07 > a1ex07.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers annarbor > annarbor.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers dilyan_kn > dilyan_kn.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers dtest > dtest.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers dude > dude.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers example > example.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers fed > fed.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers friends > friends.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers giannosfor > giannosfor.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers javier > javier.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers johnlocke > johnlocke.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers junk > junk.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers lovesh > lovesh.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers mysql > mysql.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers nwwatson > nwwatson.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers part > part.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers preeti > preeti.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers prefixdb > prefixdb.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers replagdb > replagdb.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers rollup_test > rollup_test.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers sample > sample.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers stuff > stuff.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers table_test > table_test.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers tagmediatest > tagmediatest.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers targetdb > targetdb.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers test > test.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers test_mysqldb > test_mysqldb.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers tostinni > tostinni.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers user1267617 > user1267617.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers user391986 > user391986.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers utility > utility.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers veto > veto.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers vito > vito.sql
start mysqldump -ulwdba -phidden  --routines --triggers zipcodes > zipcodes.sql

Give it a Try !!!

EDIT By JakeJ:

When ran, the solution just outputted the data into CMD, then closed it without writing it to any file, however this now saves the data to the .SQL file created.

set MYSQLUSER=root
set MYSQLPASS=pass
set BATCHFILE=C:\Backup\MySQL\Batch_mysqldump.bat 
set DUMPPATH=C:\Backup\MySQL
echo @echo off > %BATCHFILE% 
echo cd %DUMPPATH% >> %BATCHFILE% 
cd C:\Program Files\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.5\bin\
mysql.exe -u%MYSQLUSER% -p%MYSQLPASS% -AN -e"SELECT CONCAT('mysqldump -u%MYSQLUSER% -p%MYSQLPASS% --routines --triggers ',schema_name,' > ',schema_name,'.sql') FROM information_schema.schemata WHERE schema_name NOT IN ('information_schema','performance_schema')" >> %BATCHFILE% 
cd C:\Backup\MySQL
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EXREMELY detailed answer my friend, thank you for the answer, formatting and all. I really like the second backup method of only doing 10 at a time (I probably won't need it but good to keep in mind). Thanks a bunch! – JakeJ May 22 '12 at 15:39
I've tried various methods to run your scripts above but I can't get it to run. After some probing I've attained that it may be linux shell command but as I forgot to mention in the original post, the OS I am running the server on is Windows Server 2008. Unless I am wrong in what I'm saying, I cannot run this script – JakeJ May 22 '12 at 16:30
I just updated my answer to show how to do separate DB dumps in Windows using the information_schema database to create a DOS batch script to launch mysqldumps. – RolandoMySQLDBA May 22 '12 at 16:43
Just trying that out now, thanks for the update and sorry for missing that vital piece of information :P – JakeJ May 22 '12 at 16:45
Also, in your opinion, would it be easier to run a MySQL server on a linux machine? – JakeJ May 22 '12 at 16:48

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