Restore locally an Elasticsearch backups

Download the backup file

Go to your database dashboard, in the Backups tab and download the last dump you want to restore locally.

The archive is a .tar.gz containing a dump of your database. Backups are done using Elasticsearch Knapsack for Elasticsearch 1.x or 2.x.

Knapsack is a plugin to handle dump and restore of Elasticsearch data, you need to install it locally, please follow instructions on the README of the project.

Since Elasticsearch 5.x, we use the snapshot/restore feature of Elasticsearch.

Restoring Knapsack Backup

Knapsack expects to find a file named _all.tar.gz in the directory path.logs of Elasticsearch. This parameter can be set in your Elasticsearch configuration file, otherwise it will be equivalent to /

Rename the downloaded file to _all.tar.gz and move it to the path.logs file of your installation:

$ mv 20160101010000-db-1234.tar.gz /_all.tar.gz

Then run the following curl command to trigger Knapsack importation:

$ curl -X POST http://localhost:9200/_import -d ''
{"running":true,"state":{"mode":"import","started":"2016-04-27T09:38:41.202Z","path":"file:///_all.tar.gz","node_name":"Miguel Espinosa"}}

That’s it the importation has started, you can follow it by running a request against the state endpoint:

└> curl '' -d ''
{"count":2,"states":[{"mode":"import","started":"2016-04-27T09:38:41.202Z","path":"file:///_all.tar.gz","node_name":"Miguel Espinosa"},{"mode":"import","started":"2016-04-27T09:40:11.889Z","path":"file:///_all.tar.gz","node_name":"Miguel Espinosa"}]}%

Once ended, you’ll have all your data locally.

schedule 27 Apr 2016