Backup your MySQL DB to S3

If you have a database on an EC2 instance, the question that comes up frequently is “how do I backup my database and where?”.  The easiest option is to backup to Amazon’s S3 storage.  This post shows you how to achive an automated database backup to S3 using a simple shell scripts that can be run on the database server.

Here’s a checklist of things that need to be in place for this to work:

  • An IAM user with permissions to upload data into the S3 bucket
  • The IAM user’s Access Key and Secret Key
  • awscli (AWS Command line tool) installed and configured on the server
  • An S3 bucket created to store the dB backups

1. Install awscli

Install awscli dependencies (if they do not already exist)

Run pip –version to see if your version of Linux already includes Python and pip

$ pip --version

If you don’t have pip, install pip as follows:

$ curl -O
$ sudo python

Verify pip is successfuly installed:

$ pip --version
pip 9.0.3 from /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages (python 2.7)

For detailed installation and troubleshooting go here:

Installing the AWS CLI with Pip

Now use pip to install the AWS CLI:

$ pip install awscli --upgrade

Verify that the AWS CLI installed correctly.

$ aws --version
aws-cli/1.14.63 Python/2.7.12 Linux/4.4.0-1049-aws botocore/1.9.16

Configuring AWS CLI

The aws configure command is the fastest way to set up your AWS CLI installation.

$ aws configure
AWS Secret Access Key [None]: wJalrXUtnFEMI/K7MDENG/bPxRfiCYEXAMPLEKEY
Default region name [None]: us-east-1
Default output format [None]: json

For detailed AWS CLI configuration and installation options go here:

Now that we have all the dependencies set up, lets go ahead and create the bash script to back up our database:

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