Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

Akeeba Backup for Joomla!

version 7.0.0.b1 Beta

Released on: Monday, 02 December 2019 04:09

Release Notes

What's new

New major version. Please consult the News section on our site for important information about Akeeba Backup 7. It's simply too much to include in the release notes.

Joomla! compatibility

We only officially support the latest stable branch of Joomla!. At the time of this writing it is Joomla! 3.9.

Our software should still run on Joomla! 3.8 or later, including 3.8 and 3.9. These versions are not actively supported by us or the Joomla! project anymore. We strongly advise you to run the latest available version of Joomla! for security reasons. Older versions of Joomla! have known major security issues which are being actively exploited to hack sites.

PHP versions supported

We only officially support using our software with PHP 5.6, 7.0, 7.1, 7.2 or 7.3.

We offer experimental support for PHP 7.4. That is to say, we have verified our software to run mostly correctly on the pre-release versions of PHP 7.4. We have not yet had the chance to do full verification against the stable version of PHP 7.4 which was released just a few days before our software.

We strongly advise you to run either of the two latest available version branches of PHP on a branch currently maintained by the PHP project for security and performance reasons. Older versions of PHP have known major security issues which are being actively exploited to hack sites and they have stopped receiving security updates, leaving you exposed to these issues. Moreover, they are slower, therefore consuming more server resources to perform the same tasks.

Kindly note that our policy is to officially support only the PHP versions which are not yet End Of Life per the official PHP project with a voluntarily extension of support for 6 to 9 months after they become End of Life. After that time we stop providing any support for these obsolete versions of PHP without any further notice. New version branches of PHP will be supported experimentally starting sometime during their Release Candidate phase and fully about 4 to 8 weeks after the first stable version of that branch is released.


Bug fixes

  • [HIGH] Backing up PROCEDUREs, FUNCTIONs and TRIGGERs was broken
  • [HIGH] CLI (CRON) scripts could sometimes stop with a Joomla crash due to Joomla's mishandling of the session under CLI.
  • [HIGH] Changing the database prefix would not change it in the referenced tables inside PROCEDUREs, FUNCTIONs and TRIGGERs
  • [LOW] Manage Backups: downloading a part file from S3 beginning with text data would result in inline display of the file instead of download.
  • [MEDIUM] BackBlaze B2: upload error when chunk size is higher than the backup archive's file size
  • [MEDIUM] Database only backup of PROCEDUREs, FUNCTIONs and TRIGGERs does not output the necessary DELIMITER commands to allow direct import
  • [MEDIUM] PHP Notice at the end of each backup step due to double attempt to close the database connection.

New features

  • Amazon S3 now supports Bahrain and Stockholm regions
  • Amazon S3 now supports Intelligent Tiering, Glacier and Deep Archive storage classes
  • Dark Mode support
  • Google Storage now supports the nearline and coldline storage classes
  • Manage Backups: Improved performance of the Transfer (re-upload to remote storage) feature
  • Minimum required PHP version is now 5.6.0
  • New OneDrive integration supports both regular OneDrive and OneDrive for Business
  • Support for Dropbox for Business
  • Support for Joomla 4 Download Key management in the Update Sites page
  • Windows Azure BLOB Storage: download back to server and download to browser are now supported
  • pCloud support

Miscellaneous changes

  • All views have been converted to Blade for easier development and better future-proofing
  • Backup error handling and reporting (to the log and to the interface) during backup has been improved.
  • Joomla 4: The backup on update plugin no longer displayed correctly after J4 changed its template, again.
  • Joomla 4: The backup quick icon was displayed in the wrong place after J4 changed its template, again and also partially broke backwards compatibility to how quick icon plugins work.
  • Manage Backups: Fetch Back To Server was rewritten to gracefully deal with more problematic cases.
  • Manage Backups: The Remote File Management page is now giving better, more accurate information.
  • Manage Backups: much more informative error messages if the Transfer to remote storage process fails.
  • Removed AES encapsulations from the JSON API for security reasons. We recommend you always use HTTPS with the JSON API.
  • SugarSync integration: you now need to provide your own access keys following the documentation instructions
  • The Site Transfer Wizard is now only available in the Professional version
  • The Test FTP/SFTP Connection buttons now return much more informative error messages.
  • The archive integrity check feature is now only available in the Professional version
  • The backup and log IDs will follow the numbering you see in the left hand column of the Manage Backups page.
  • The front-end legacy backup API and the Remote JSON API are now available only in the Professional version and can be enabled / disabled independently of each other
  • The integrated restoration feature is now only available in the Professional version

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