Site Restoration

#34833 Restore over existing installation

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Environment Information

PHP version
CMS Type
CMS Version
Backup Tool Version
Kickstart version


Can I restore my website without deleting the old files and database first? i.e. can I do the Akeeba backup, download the backup file (for safety), then upload the backup and kickstart.php to the same folder and run the restore?

It might seem a bizarre requirement, but I need to rebuild the database and this seems a straightforward way to do it, as the restore database phase drops existing tables and recreates them. I'll back up the database via phpMyAdmin as well. I'll be restoring the same software versions to the same folder so I wouldn't anticipate any problems from that quarter.

I can rebuild the database in place if necessary, but I would like to know if using Kickstart is an option.

Thank you.

Akeeba Staff

If you are restoring a backup with the exact same versions you shouldn't have a problem.

Our documentation's suggestion not to do that is based on the assumption that people tend to restore older backups with older versions which makes things problematic (you shouldn't mix files from different versions of extensions).

Nicholas K. Dionysopoulos

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Thank you very much. Hopefully I can now solve a problem that has been a nightmare for a couple of weeks!

Your help is greatly appreciated :)

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