Here’s the full tutorial on creating automated cPanel backups. Use this form to generate a PHP backup script that creates a cPanel backup.

If you’d like the raw code instead of filling out the form below, visit the Github repo.

To enable automatic uploads of backups to an FTP server, fill out the FTP form fields. If you wish to disable the remote FTP upload feature, simply leave the FTP server field blank and your backups will be saved in your home directory on the cPanel server (the default location).

Your cPanel URL (?):
cPanel username:
cPanel password:
FTP Server:
FTP Username:
FTP Password:
FTP Port:
FTP Directory:


The source code for this script generator can be found on my Github. The PHP code is an upgraded/updated version of this original script from 2006.

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49 Comments on "cPanel Auto Backup Script Generator"

Hey! Thanks for your script.

This not working anymore in Host Gator from 12/29/2015.

The file is not more up to FTP, this remaining in the same directory

What I love about this script is that you don’t even need to put it on the server you’re backing up. You can add it to the cron jobs of a completely different server and it still works.

Really helpful, thanks!

Thanks for the Perfect code.

I would recommend if anyone using this site… ensure… you give incorrect password and generate PHP code later you can change password in the PHP program.


Thank you!

I seem to be running into an issue since migrating my server to PHP 5.6 – the following error occurs:

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Server: cpsrvd/ Connection: close Content-length: 120 Location: https://(URL):2083/ Content-type: text/html; charset=”utf-8″

Where (URL) is the cPanel URL for my hosted server.

If I revert back to PHP 5.5, the issue is cleared up. Any help on how to update this for 5.6?

Thank you for your help!

I am facing same issue. I can’t change the PHP version as I am on shared hosting.

Hi there,

I tried your script but i got this error:
Unable to Create Backup
Failed to upload a test file using FTP because of an error: 5781._USR_LOCAL_CPANEL_BIN_FTPPUT__.JWT8ff7EUFU7xNYZ.tmp: Permission denied .

Can you help me to solve the issue?

Best Regards

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If I have a reseller account and want to create backups of my client’s cPanel information, do I need to have them place the backup.php file into their own home directory and create their own cron jobs, or is this something that can be controlled from the main level reseller cPanel?