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Enable automatic backups (video tutorial)

Last updated: May-08-2024


One very useful feature of Cloudinary's service is its ability to back up your files, such as images and videos. This includes revisions of your existing assets, as well as deleted files that you can restore.

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Tutorial contents

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Files that can receive automatic backups

Jump to this spot in the video  0:16 Only original files receive the backup treatment because derived and transformed files can always be recreated from the original file. Also, Cloudinary does not back up fetched assets.

Enabling automatic backups

To set up Cloudinary's Automatic Backup feature, take the following steps.

Jump to this spot in the video  2:00 Step 1: Log into your Cloudinary Console, then select the Settings icon and go to the Upload page.
Jump to this spot in the video  2:14 Step 2: Click the Automatic Backup drop-down field and choose Enabled. Then, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click the Save button.
Jump to this spot in the video  2:26 Step 3: Select the Perform initial backup link and associated processes to start the backup of previously uploaded assets.

Use Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage for backups

Jump to this spot in the video  3:27 Instead of Cloudinary's own write-protected location for backup storage, you can set up your own cloud storage bucket to store your backup files. We support backups through Amazon Simple Storage Service (e.g. Amazon S3) and Google Cloud Storage.

Test your enabled backup processes

Jump to this spot in the video  4:17 Once you have set up your Automatic Backup feature, your selected asset in the Media Library should have a new View backed up versions button.

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