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The instructions on this page describe how to export Bamboo data for backup.

Before you begin:

  • Bamboo will be unavailable while the backup process completes. The export itself may take a long time to complete, depending on the number of builds and tests. We recommend running your backups at a time of day or night when usage is low.
  • Backups may require large amounts of disk space, depending on the number of builds and tests. Please make sure you have enough disk space in your desired backup location before proceeding.
  • Bamboo will not export if plans are currently being built.
  • User management settings for Bamboo will be saved as part of the export. For information on user management in Bamboo, see Connecting to external user directories.
  • Export Directory Path setting: Bamboo restricts the editing of certain file path settings for security reasons (see Bamboo Security Advisory 2010-05-04). If you must configure Bamboo to permit modification to its file path settings, start Bamboo with the system property bamboo.paths.set.allowed=true. The procedure for configuring a Bamboo system property is described on Configuring system properties.
    Once you have configured your file path setting, we recommend removing or disabling the bamboo.paths.set.allowed system property and restarting Bamboo. If your Bamboo instance is accessible to anyone outside your organisation, then this will minimise the risk of Bamboo being compromised by security-related attacks.

To export data for backup:

  1. Click the  icon in the Bamboo header and choose Overview.
  2. Click Export in the left navigation column (under 'System').
  3. Complete the following settings:

    Export Directory PathThis can be configured – see the note above.
    File NameEdit the default name of the file to which Bamboo will export, if necessary.
    Export ResultsClear this to export only the plan configurations.
    Export ArtifactsSelect to have Bamboo export build artifacts.
    Export Build LogsSelect to have Bamboo export build logs.
  4. Click the Export. Bamboo creates the export file in the location shown for Export Directory Path.






  1. Anonymous

    Is there any way to automatically run these backups?  What are you guys using to backup your Bamboo database?

  2. Anonymous

    Good morning,

    I want know if i can export data like jira, in XML.



    1. The export is zip file that contains XML files for the data Bamboos internal database.

      What do you want the XML for?

  3. Is it possible to run this from a script (Linux) - so that it can be started by our central backup server?

  4. HI,

    I'm getting this error message when I try to make an export: Export has failed. Errors encountered while exporting: Exception initializing proxy: [com.atlassian.bamboo.resultsummary.BuildResultsSummaryImpl#22282267].

    I have try to change the backup PATH but it's not possible and the path is not valid. It's possible to make the backups manually?

    1. Hi Ismael, it sounds as though your best approach is to raise a Support request at That way, you'll get fast and focussed help with this problem.

  5. I have already opened case (and am happy for it to be made public):

    Note that the script produced in it has not been tested yet.

    1. Graham Pooler Any chance you could post a Gist of your script?

  6.  BSP-14447 not able to view it without account.please share the details in comments for automated creation of zip with export

  7. If I can get clearance I will gladly post it.

    1. Hi Graham Pooler, I have added this as a knowledge base article that can be accessed on this link: Automating Bamboo backup operations 

      Thanks alot for the contribution.

  8. Is there a way to backup an individual plan within a particular project, before deleting that plan, such that it could be restored if the delete proved in appropriate for that particular plan?

    I've been tasked with cleaning up Bamboo where I work and hesitate to delete anything without making a restore-able backup 1st!

  9. "If you must configure Bamboo to permit modification to its file path settings, start Bamboo with the system propertybamboo.paths.set.allowed=true. The procedure for configuring a Bamboo system property is described on Configuring system properties."

    Actually the page "Configuring system properties" does not tell the procedure, it simply tells you which file to edit.  If you want to know HOW to configure the above system property on startup, the page you need is Configuring Bamboo on start-up and the property must be inserted as -Dbamboo.paths.set.allowed=true