Snapshots are triggered directly via the Web Interface or via the CLI. The snapshot creates a complete backup of the environment. It includes all persistent data from all running services (MySQL, SOLR,...) and any files stored on the mounted volumes.
You need to have the "admin" role in order to create a snapshot of an environment.
Snapshots on Platform.sh Professional are retained for at least 7 days. They will be purged between 7 days and 6 months, at Platform.sh's discretion. Please see the data retention page for more information.
Using the CLI:
$ platform snapshot:create
Please be aware that triggering a snapshot will cause a momentary pause in site availability so that all requests can complete, allowing the snapshot to be taken against a known consistent state. The total interruption is usually only 15 to 30 seconds and any requests during that time are held temporarily, not dropped.
You will see the snapshot in the activity feed of your environment in the Platform.sh Web Interface. You can trigger the restore by clicking on the
restore link. You can also restore the snapshot to a different environment using the CLI.
You can list existing snapshots with the CLI as follows:
$ platform snapshots Finding snapshots for the environment master +---------------------+------------+----------------------+ | Created | % Complete | Snapshot name | +---------------------+------------+----------------------+ | 2015-06-19 17:11:42 | 100 | 2ca4d90639f706283fee | | 2015-05-28 15:05:42 | 100 | 1a1fbcb9943849706ee6 | | 2015-05-21 14:38:40 | 100 | 7dbdcdb16f41f9e1c061 | | 2015-05-20 15:29:58 | 100 | 4997900d2804d5b2fc39 | | 2015-05-20 13:31:57 | 100 | c1f2c976263bec03a10e | | 2015-05-19 14:51:18 | 100 | 71051a8fe6ef78bca0eb |
You can then restore a specific snapshot with the CLI as follows:
$ platform snapshot:restore 2ca4d90639f706283fee
Or even restore the snapshot to a different branch with the CLI as follows:
$ platform snapshot:restore --target=RESTORE_BRANCH 2ca4d90639f706283fee
If no branch already exists, you can specify the parent of the branch that will be created to restore your snapshot to as follows:
$ platform snapshot:restore --branch-from=PARENT_BRANCH 2ca4d90639f706283fee
note You need "admin" role to restore your environment from a snapshot.
A snapshot does cause a momentary pause in service. We recommend running during non-peak hours for your site.
Snapshots are not triggered automatically on Platform.sh Professional.
Snapshots may be triggered by calling the CLI from an automated system such as Jenkins or another CI service, or by installing the CLI tool into your application container and triggering the snapshot via cron.
Snapshots using cron requires you to install the CLI in your container and set up an API token.
We ask that you not schedule a backup task more than once a day to minimize data usage.
Once the CLI is installed and an API token configured you can add a cron task to run once a day and trigger a snapshot. The CLI will read the existing environment variables in the container and default to the project and environment it is running on. In most cases such backups are only useful on the
master production environment.
A common cron specification for a daily backup on the
master environment looks like this:
crons: snapshot: spec: '0 5 * * *' cmd: | if [ "$PLATFORM_BRANCH" = master ]; then platform snapshot:create --yes --no-wait fi
The above cron task will run once a day at 5 am (UTC), and, if the current environment is the master branch, it will run
platform snapshot:create on the current project and environment. The
--yes flag will skip any user-interaction. The
--no-wait flag will cause the command to complete immediately rather than waiting for the snapshot to complete.
It is very important to include the
--no-waitflag. If you do not, the cron process will block and you will be unable to deploy new versions of the site until the snapshot creation process is complete.
Please see our Data Retention Page.