Django Dropbox Backup

This is a Django app that provides management commands to help backup and restore your project database to Dropbox.

WARNING: Running 'dbrestore' will delete your current datatabase. Do not attempt to run this command if you are not sure that you already have a valid backup file.


After setting up the required configuration options and calling the 'dbbackup' or 'dbrestore' admin commands for the first time, you will be be prompted with a verification URL to allow this script to access your Dropbox files. After verification, a small user token will be stored in the database for future use when this script is called.

When 'dbbackup' is called, a backup of your database will be created and stored remotely into the Dropbox directory specified by DROPBOX_BACKUP_REMOTE_DIR.

When 'dbrestore' is called, the latest backup (by default) will be read from the Dropbox directory specified by DROPBOX_BACKUP_REMOTE_DIR. The script will then perform DROPDB and CREATEDB commands specific to your database and then load the backed up information into the currently empty database.

The filename generated on the remote machine will be the format specified by DROPBOX_BACKUP_FILENAME which is '{databasename}-{servername}-{datetime}.db' by default. The {servername} option is user specified either in settings.py or on the command line when calling the 'dbbackup' or 'dbrestore' scripts.


DROPBOX_CONSUMER_KEY - The Consumer Key provided to you by Dropbox. DROPBOX_CONSUMER_SECRET - The Consumer Secret provided to you by Dropbox. DBBACKUP_TOKEN_FILEPATH - The local filepath to store Dropbox oAuth request

and access tokens.


DBBACKUP_REMOTE_DIR - Remote dropbox directory to save created db backup
files. Default: '/django-dbbackups/'
DBBACKUP_SERVER_NAME - Server name to append to the created db filenames.
Leave this blank to not include a servername attribute on the generated backup filenames. Default: ''
DBBACKUP_DATE_FORMAT - Date format to use when appending the datetime to the
generated backup filenames. Default: '%Y-%m-%d-%H%M%S'
DBBACKUP_FILENAME - Template to use when generating new backup filenames.
Valid template tags include {databasename}, {servername}, {datetime}. Default: '{databasename}-{servername}-{datetime}.db'
DBBACKUP_DATABASES - Database keys to backup from settings.py
Default: [db['NAME'] for db in settings.DATABASES]


These settings are ported over from the Dropbox API. You can read more about them from the Dropbox API website. If you do not know what these options are for then you will probably be fine just leaving them alone.

DROPBOX_VERIFIER - May be a required setting in the future.
Default: ''

DROPBOX_SERVER - Default: 'api.dropbox.com' DROPBOX_CONTENT_SERVER - Default: 'api-content.dropbox.com' DROPBOX_PORT - Default: 80 DROPBOX_REQUEST_TOKEN_URL - Default: 'https://api.dropbox.com/0/oauth/request_token' DROPBOX_ACCESS_TOKEN_URL - Default: 'https://api.dropbox.com/0/oauth/access_token' DROPBOX_AUTHORIZATION_URL - Default: 'https://www.dropbox.com/0/oauth/authorize' DROPBOX_ROOT - Default: 'dropbox'


dbbackup [--servername=<name>] [--database=<dbkey>] [--clean]

Backup the database(s) to Dropbox. If 'servername' is specified, it will be included in the generated backup filename. If 'database' is specified, only the django database with the specified key will be backed up. If 'clean' is set, all but the last 10 backups and any backups that occured on the first of the month will be deleted from Dropbox.

dbrestore [--database=<dbkey>] [--filename] [--servername=<name>]

Restore a single database from a backup stored on Dropbox. If you have more than 1 database defined in your settings.py file, then the 'database' name is required (otherwise it's optional). If 'filename' is specified, that file will be used to restore the database. If 'servername' is specified it will override the DBBACKUP_SERVER_NAME defined in settings.py and the latest database backup matching dbname and servername will be used to restore.