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InfluxDB has the ability to snapshot a single data node at a point-in-time and restore it.
Backing up the Metastore
InfluxDB’s metastore contains internal information about the status of the system, including: user information, database/shard metadata, and which retention policies are enabled. While a node is running, you can create a backup of your instance’s metastore by running the command:
influxd backup /path/to/backup
/path/to/backup can be replaced with the directory where you
would like the backup to be written to. Without any other arguments,
the backup will only record the current state of the system
metastore. For example, the command:
$ influxd backup /tmp/backup 2016/02/01 17:15:03 backing up metastore to /tmp/backup/meta.00 2016/02/01 17:15:03 backup complete
Will create a metastore backup in the directory
directory will be created if it doesn’t already exist).
Backing up a Database
To backup a database, you will need to add the
influxd backup -database mydatabase /path/to/backup
mydatabase is the name of the database you would like to
/path/to/backup is where the backup data should be
stored. Optional flags also include:
-retention <retention policy name>- This flag can be used to backup a specific retention policy. For more information on retention policies, please see here. If not specified, all retention policies will be backed up.
-shard <shard ID>- This flag can be used to backup a specific shard ID. To see which shards are available, you can run the command
SHOW SHARDSusing the InfluxDB query language. If not specified, all shards will be backed up.
-since <date>- This flag can be used to create a backup since a specific date, where the date must be in RFC3339 format (for example,
2015-12-24T08:12:23Z). This flag is important if you would like to take incremental backups of your database. If not specified, all timeranges within the database will be backed up.
Note: Metastore backups are also included in per-database backups
As a real-world example, you can take a backup of the
retention policy for the
telegraf database since midnight UTC on
February 1st, 2016 by using the command:
$ influxd backup -database telegraf -retention default -since 2016-02-01T00:00:00Z /tmp/backup 2016/02/01 18:02:36 backing up rp=default since 2016-02-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC 2016/02/01 18:02:36 backing up metastore to /tmp/backup/meta.01 2016/02/01 18:02:36 backing up db=telegraf rp=default shard=2 to /tmp/backup/telegraf.default.00002.01 since 2016-02-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC 2016/02/01 18:02:36 backup complete
Which will send the resulting backup to
/tmp/backup, where it can
then be compressed and sent to long-term storage.
To capture a backup from a remote node, specify the host and port of
the remote instance using the
-host configuration switch:
$ influxd backup -database mydatabase -host 10.0.0.1:8088 /tmp/mysnapshot
Where all of the flags above still apply to remote hosts.
To restore a backup, you will need to use the
influxd restore command.
Note: Restoring from backup is only supported while the InfluxDB daemon is stopped.
In order to restore from a backup, you will need to provide the path to the backup. The command:
influxd restore /tmp/backup
Will attempt to restore the contents of the
optional flags for restoring a backup are:
-metadir <path to meta directory>- This is the path to the meta directory where you would like the metastore backup recovered to. For packaged installations, this should be specified as
-datadir <path to data directory>- This is the path to the data directory where you would like the database backup recovered to. For packaged installations, this should be specified as
-database <database>- This is the database that you would like to restore the data to. This option is required if no
-metadiroption is provided.
-retention <retention policy>- This is the target retention policy for the stored data to be restored to.
-shard <shard id>- This is the shard data that should be restored. If specified,
-retentionmust also be set.
Following the backup example above, the backup can be restored in two steps. First, the metastore needs to be restored so that InfluxDB knows which databases exist:
$ influxd restore -metadir /var/lib/influxdb/meta /tmp/backup Using metastore snapshot: /tmp/backup/meta.00
Once the metastore has been restored, we can now recover the backed up
data. In the real-world example above, we backed up the
/tmp/backup, so let’s restore that same dataset. To
$ influxd restore -database telegraf -datadir /var/lib/influxdb/data /tmp/backup Restoring from backup /tmp/backup/telegraf.* unpacking /var/lib/influxdb/data/telegraf/default/2/000000004-000000003.tsm unpacking /var/lib/influxdb/data/telegraf/default/2/000000005-000000001.tsm
Note: Once the backed up data has been recovered, the permissions on the shards may no longer be accurate. To ensure the file permissions are correct, please run:
$ sudo chown -R influxdb:influxdb /var/lib/influxdb
Once the data and metastore are recovered, it’s time to start the database:
$ service influxdb start
As a quick check, we can verify the database is known to the metastore
by running a
SHOW DATABASES command:
influx -execute 'show databases' name: databases --------------- name _internal telegraf
The database has now been successfully restored!
This approach currently only works in clusters where the replication factor is the same as the number of nodes in the cluster. A cluster wide backup and restore will be done in the future.