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Understand application backup

This help page is for users in Creator 6. If you are in the older version (Creator 5), click here. Know your Creator version.
The Backup feature enables you to back up the applications in your account with data and restore them whenever required. Zoho Creator creates a new version of the backup file whenever you back up an application. A copy of the backup file can be downloaded after the application is backed up. You can do a one-time backup or set the frequency of backups to take place automatically at regular intervals when you don't have time to back up data manually. The backup file will be in a zip file format. It will include the Deluge script file and a set of .csv files containing the application data. You can also restore the backed-up application. Your application structure and data are restored from the version that you chose.
Note: Currently, there is no support for Integration field data handling in backup and restore.

For example, imagine a Customer Management application for a publishing house. It consists of a customer contact form, customer details form, and subscription form (including associated reports). You can schedule periodic backups to run on a weekly basis. In the event of an application crash while making updates, you can just restore the previous week's backup, so that a great deal of the developments made from the time of its creation until the latest backup is restored. If there is a need to undo a few updates made to the application, it's not necessary to remove the updates manually. You can only restore the application to a previous date when the updates were not yet made. This feature eliminates the hassles of reworking.

Backup file size

You can choose one among the following options before backing up your application.  Learn how
  • Select only the Schema box if you want to back up the application without data. The .DS file of your application will be backed up.
  • Select the  Schema+Data  box if you want to backup data along with the application. 
  • Ideally, the files present in the application will not be backed up. In order to also back up the files, select the  Schema+Data+Files  checkbox.
Note: In case of scheduled backups, files in your Creator applications will not be backed up.
The file size of the downloaded and compressed ZIP file cannot exceed the following limits.
  1. Only schema (without widgets) - 50MB
  2. Only schema (with widgets)  - 100MB
  3. Schema and application data - 1GB
  4. Schema, application data, and files - 3GB
Note:
  1. For the applications that have enabled Environments, you can backup only your applications that are in the Production environment.
  2. For the applications that have not enabled Environments, you can backup all your applications.

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