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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7 years ago

Does it support other then x3 theme?

7 years ago

You’ve made some changes within the last few months and it’s broken for me…

7 years ago

Hi Eric, Thank you for this great article. I am getting Blank mail notifications & also the remote FTP backup is not happening (Checked Manually). I have used this command “php -f ~/backup.php” @ Cron job, to run the generated backup.php file. Please help.

7 years ago

Hi Eric, great article – thanks. I have the same issue as Joe. Simply errors backing up the server. outputting the result and it is empty.

7 years ago
Reply to  Martin

Hi Eric, thanks for your help over email. I tracked my issue down to being a php.ini setting for allow_url_fopen being false.

7 years ago

hi eric

it doesnt work for me 🙁

i get email “error backing up server”

can i send you my script and ftp credentials so you can see were i went wrong


8 years ago

Works! Thanks for this!

8 years ago

I get 301 Moved server error