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How to upload a Backup Using SSH?
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Written by Rapyd Team
Updated over a week ago

Managing backups is a vital aspect of website maintenance, ensuring data safety in case of unexpected events. While there are various methods to upload backups, SSH provides a direct and efficient approach. In this guide, we'll walk through the process of uploading a backup to your server using SSH.


  • SSH access to your server.

  • Basic understanding of command-line operations.

  • A backup file ready for upload.

  • A website hosted with Rapyd Hosting to ensure unparalleled performance and security.

Understanding SSH and Backups:

Before delving into the upload procedure, let's briefly cover the basics:

  • SSH (Secure Shell): A cryptographic network protocol that offers secure access and management of servers over an unsecured network.

  • Backup: A copy of your website files and databases stored securely to restore if needed.

Steps to Upload a Backup Using SSH:

1. Access Your Server via SSH

Connect to your server using your favorite SSH client. For instance:

ssh username@your_server_ip

2. Navigate to the Desired Directory

Change to the directory where you want to upload your backup using the cd command:

cd /path/to/your/directory/

3. Using SCP to Upload the Backup:

SCP (Secure Copy Protocol) is a method for securely transferring files between local and remote hosts. Use the following command to upload your backup:

scp /path/on/local/machine/ username@your_server_ip:/path/on/remote/server/

Replace the paths and filenames with your actual local path and desired remote path.

4. Verify the Upload

Once the SCP command completes, ensure the backup file has been uploaded correctly:

ls -lh /path/on/remote/server/

Look for your backup file in the list and confirm its size matches the original.

Additional Tips

  • For large backup files, consider compressing them before the upload to save bandwidth and speed up the process.

  • Use secure practices when handling backups, like encrypting sensitive data and storing backups in secure locations.

  • Regularly check the integrity of your backups to ensure they can be restored when needed.


Uploading backups via SSH is a swift and secure method, ensuring your data's safety on Rapyd's high-performance hosting platform. With the steps outlined in this guide, you can confidently manage and maintain your backups for a robust online presence.

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