Back up and restore clusters

Configure your backup schedule and restore databases

YugabyteDB Managed can perform full and incremental cluster (all namespaces) level backups, and the backups are stored in the same region as your cluster. 100GB/month of basic backup storage is provided for every vCPU; more than that and overage charges apply. Refer to Cluster costs.

By default, clusters are backed up automatically every 24 hours, and these automatic full backups are retained for 8 days. The first automatic backup is triggered after 24 hours of creating a table, and is scheduled every 24 hours thereafter.

Full backups are a complete copy of the cluster. You can additionally schedule incremental backups between full backups. Incremental backups only include the data that has changed since the last backup, be it a full or incremental backup. Incremental backups provide the following advantages:

  • Faster - Incremental backups are much quicker as they deal with a smaller amount of data.
  • Reduced storage - Because only the delta from previous backup is captured, incremental backups consume less storage space compared to full backups.
  • Higher frequency - Incremental backups can be scheduled at smaller intervals (down to hourly), providing a lower recovery point objective (RPO).

Back up and restore clusters, configure the scheduled backup policy, and review previous backups and restores using the cluster Backups tab.

To change the backup schedule, create your own schedule.

You can also perform backups on demand and manually restore backups.

Cluster Backups page

To delete a backup, click the Delete icon.

To review previous backups, click Backup. To review previous restores, click Restore.


If some cluster operations are already running during a scheduled backup window, the backup may be prevented from running.

Backups that don't run are postponed until the next scheduled backup. You can also perform a manual backup after the blocking operation completes.

You can't restore a backup to a cluster with an version of YugabyteDB that is earlier than that of the backup. If you need to restore to an earlier version, contact Yugabyte Support.

Backups are not supported for Sandbox clusters.


  • Don't perform cluster operations at the same time as your scheduled backup.
  • Configure your maintenance window and backup schedule so that they do not conflict.
  • Performing a backup or restore incurs a load on the cluster. Perform backup operations when the cluster isn't experiencing heavy traffic. Backing up during times of heavy traffic can temporarily degrade application performance and increase the length of time of the backup.
  • Avoid running a backup during or before a scheduled maintenance.

On demand backups

Typically, you perform on-demand backups before making critical planned changes to the database.

To back up a cluster:

  1. On the Backups tab, click Backup Now to display the Create Backup dialog.
  2. Set the retention period for the backup.
  3. Optionally, enter a description of the backup.
  4. Click Backup Now.

The backup, along with its status, is added to the Backups list.

Manage scheduled backups

Use a backup policy to schedule backups and override the default 24 hour/8-day retention policy.

Any changes to the retention policy are applied to new backups only.

To manage the cluster backup policy, do the following:

  1. On the Backups tab, click Scheduled Backup Settings and choose Edit Backup Policy to display the Backup Policy dialog.
  2. Specify how often to take full backups of the database.
  3. To take incremental backups, select the Enable incremental backup option and specify how often to take incremental backups.
  4. Set the retention period for the backup. The maximum retention is 31 days.
  5. Click Save.

To disable the scheduled backup, click Scheduled Backup Settings and choose Disable Scheduled Backup. Click Enable Scheduled Backup to re-enable the policy.

Restore a backup

Before performing a restore, ensure the following:

  • the target cluster is sized appropriately; refer to Scale and configure clusters
  • if the target cluster has the same namespaces as the source cluster, those namespaces don't have any tables

To review previous restores, on the Backups tab, select Restore History.

To restore a backup of a cluster:

  1. On the Backups tab, select a backup in the list to display the Backup Details sheet.
  2. Click Restore to display the Restore Backup dialog.
  3. Choose the databases or keyspaces to restore and click Next.
  4. Select the target cluster.
  5. Click Restore Now.