FreshRSS global settings are in ./data/config.php and users’ settings are in ./data/users/*/config.php. You can also back up the whole ./data/ directory but exclude the things you do not want.

If you use extensions, then each directory in ./extensions the folder static contains the user’s extension settings.

Full-Installation Backup

Do this before an upgrade.

This following tutorial demonstrates commands for backing up FreshRSS. It assumes that your main FreshRSS directory is /usr/share/FreshRSS. If you’ve installed it somewhere else, substitute your path as necessary.

Creating a Backup of all Files

First, Enter the directory you wish to save your backup to. Here, for example, we’ll save the backup to the user home directory

cd ~

Next, we’ll create a gzipped tar archive of the FreshRSS directory. The following command will archive the entire contents of your FreshRSS installation in it’s current state.

tar -czf FreshRSS-backup.tgz -C /usr/share/FreshRSS/ .

And you’re done!

Restoring Files from a Backup

First, copy the backup previously made into your FreshRSS directory

cp ~/FreshRSS-backup.tgz /usr/share/FreshRSS/

Next, change to your FreshRSS directory

cd /usr/share/FreshRSS/

Extract the backup

tar -xzf FreshRSS-backup.tgz

And optionally, as cleanup, remove the copy of your backup from the FreshRSS directory

rm FreshRSS-backup.tgz

Backing up Feeds

Feed list Export

You can export your feed list in OPML format either from the web interface, or from the Command-Line Interface.

The OPML export only exports the standard OPML parameters and does not export things such as desired refresh frequency, custom attributes such as passwords, user agent, XPath Web scraping, etc.

To export all that, use a full back-up with export-to-sqlite, as described in the following section.

Saving Articles

If you are using MySQL You can use phpMyAdmin or MySQL tools, where <db_user> is your database username, <db_host> is the hostname of your web server containing your FreshRSS database, and <freshrss_db> is the database used by FreshRSS:

mysqldump --skip-comments --disable-keys --user=<db_user> --password --host <db_host> --result-file=freshrss.dump.sql --databases <freshrss_db>

From any database You can use the Command-Line Interface to export your database to a SQLite database file:

./cli/export-sqlite-for-user.php --user <username> --filename </path/to/db.sqlite>

Note that the database filename needs the sqlite extension in order to work properly.

You can use the Command-Line Interface again to import the SQLite database file into your database:

./cli/import-sqlite-for-user.php --user <username> --filename </path/to/db.sqlite>

Again, note that the database filename needs the sqlite extension in order to work properly.

The SQLite process is useful when you need to: