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Backing up Moodle courses


  1. From the home page of your course, on the secondary menu, click ‘More’
  2. Select ‘Course reuse’
The more menu with course reuse highlighted
Course reuse is located inside the ‘More’ menu
  1. Select backup from the dropdown menu on the left
    The backup menu
  1. Select the items you would like to back up. If you have done this before and are happy with the default backup settings, you can press the Jump to final step button. If not, click Next.
Backup options
Select activities or jump to the final step with defaults selected
  1. After clicking next you can select or de-select any individual activities. Click Next.
Activities to select
Making selections to back up
  1. The following page shows a list of items that will be included in the backup.
Items to copy across
An overview of selected items before proceeding to the next step
  1. When the back up is complete you will see a message saying, ‘The backup file was successfully created’. Click Continue.
Backup success message
What you’ll see when the backup completes successfully.

Download backup (optional)

  1. Click the Download button in the table to download your most recent backup.
The user private backup area
A list of backups available for download
  1. Choose which folder you would like to save your backup into and click Save.

Items which you cannot backup

Your backup file will include Moodle resources such as web pages, files you have
uploaded, folders, books, labels, images and any hyperlinks to videos or other

You will also have the structure of Moodle activities you have created, but you will
not be able to backup any user data

So, for example, this means that your backup does not include user data such as:

  • Student responses in quizzes
  • Items posted in WIKIs or forums
  • Items posted is surveys or polls
  • Glossary entries need to done separately (see help guide on ‘Exporting & Importing glossary entries’)
  • Activity completion details and/or restricted access settings are lost
  • This list is not comprehensive, but these are key examples.

Deleting old backup files

You will need to manage your backup files so that old ones you don’t need are
removed from the system. It is a good idea to keep one copy on the server as well –
older ones which are not required can be removed.

  1. On the secondary menu select ‘More’
  2. Select ‘Course reuse’.
The more menu with course reuse highlighted
Course reuse
  1. Select ‘Restore’ from the dropdown menu
    The restore option

You have a User private backup area on the page with a list of your backup files
from all courses you have backed up.

user private backup area
A private backup area

Once you have downloaded your backup files to a local machine, you can remove
old ones.

  1. At the bottom of the screen click the Manage backup files button. Files you have backed up from all of your courses will be displayed as icons.
manage backup files button
The ‘Manage backup files’ button can been seen at the bottom left

Files you have backed up from all of your courses will be displayed as icons.

manage backup files
Previous backups displayed as tiles
  1. Click the middle icon at the top right to display them with file details so you can see the names:
manage backup files list view
Click the icon highlighted in red to switch your view from tile to list format
  1. To delete a backup file, click on the file and then click Delete.
delete files
The pop up window that appears after clicking on a backup file
  1. It will ask if you want to delete it – click OK to confirm.
Updated on June 21, 2023

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