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OpenCart has an option available to easily perform Backups and Restorations of your OpenCart database in the Dashboard. We recommend maintaining your own regular backups, so you can recover your website in case of emergencies. In this guide we will walk you through the backup and restore process in OpenCart 1.5.

Perform a Backup:

  1. Login to the the OpenCart Dashboard.
  2. Roll your mouse over System, and click Backup/Restore.
  3. Select the tables that you want to backup, you have the option to Select All.
  4. Click the Backup button.
    complete opencart backup
    You will then be prompted to download the backup in a .sql format, this will differ depending on your browser. In my tests, I am using Chrome and downloads are listed on the bottom of the screen:
    chrome download
  5. Save this file for emergency recovery, I recommend using an external hard drive, or CD/DVD.

Perform a Restoration:

  1. Login to the OpenCart Dashboard.
  2. Roll your mouse over System, and click Backup/Restore.
  3. In the Restore Backup section, click Choose File, and select your backup.
    selecting backup file
  4. Click the Restore button, and it will restore your database. The time frame will differ, since large files will take longer. You will then see a message stating "Success: You have successfully imported your database!"
    database imported

Congratulations, now you know how to perform a Backup and Restoration from the OpenCart 1.5 Dashboard!

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n/a Points
2014-08-31 3:52 pm

hello i did these steps many times and it says Success: You have successfully imported your database!but when i go back to the dash board i find nothing! any one can help  

30,216 Points
2014-09-02 1:15 pm
Hello Nino,

We would need a bit more information about your situation. For instance, what are you attempting to see restored? What dashboard are you looking into, cPanel or the OpenCart?

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2015-01-30 2:34 am

Dear ,

This Backup / restore does it work with diffirent versions of opencart , in my case ,

i want to make a backup from opencart 2.0.0 and restore in opencart 1.5.6.x

Please advice,



18,924 Points
2015-01-30 11:20 am
Hello Ibrahim,

Thank you for your question about backing up and restoring OpenCart. It is not recommend to restore OpenCart to a different version, since OpenCart core files that may have been changed/updated will most likely break.

If you wish to proceed with restoring an OpenCart 2 store, in an OpenCart 1.5.6 install, I recommend contacting a developer that will help you work through the problems.

You will also have to ensure that the all OpenCart Addons/Extensions are compatible with the version you are changing to.

If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.

Thank you,
n/a Points
2015-09-02 6:25 am

How can i restore partial backup from the backupfile

27,016 Points
2015-09-02 8:42 pm
Hello Jaiprakash,

As far I as I know there's no direct way to restore a partial backup from a backup file. You would need to restore in full and then remove the data you don't need.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Arnel C.

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