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A Kimai 2 plugin, which allows you to backup your environment with a single click.
Last update: 15 Dec 2019

After the installation a new menu entry EasyBackup is created. There you can create a new backup by clicking the Create Backup button. Afterwards all created backups will be listed at the page and you can delete or download the created backup as zip file.

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This bundle stores the backups zipped in the directory var/easy_backup. Make sure its writable by your webserver! We don’t use the recommended var/data/ directory, because it will be part of the backup’ed files!

What files are backed up?

Currently these directories and files are included in the backup:


According to the backup docu the kimai version should be saved to. Also the current git head. Therefor a Readme.txt file with the mentioned information is written and added to the backup.

What database tables are backuped?

If you use sqlite, the database file is backuped because the var/data directory will be backuped by the plugin.

If you use mysql/mariadb the plugin will recognize it by reading the configured database connection url. Then it will execute a mysqldump command and create a sql dump file which will be added to the backup zip.

Please note: Currently the mysqldump command is used as /usr/bin/mysqldump. This will only work on systems where mysqldump is available at this location. I will change it later on, but this should work on most environments.

Early development phase

If anyone will help me with testing or contributing it would be great.



Copy files

Extract the ZIP file and upload the included directory and all files to your Kimai installation to the new directory:


Or you can clone it directly to the var/plugins/ directory of your Kimai installation:

cd kimai/var/plugins/
git clone

The file structure needs to like like this afterwards:

├── EasyBackupBundle
│   ├── EasyBackupBundle.php
|   └ ... more files and directories follow here ...

Clear cache

After uploading the files, Kimai needs to know about the new plugin. It will be found once the cache was re-built. Call these commands from the Kimai directory:

How to reload Kimai cache

bin/console kimai:reload --env=prod

FTP users: please have a look at this documentation.

If you are running an older version of Kimai (before 1.8) you have to use:

bin/console cache:clear --env=prod
bin/console cache:warmup --env=prod

You might have to set file permissions afterwards:

Fix Kimai file permission

You have to allow PHP (your webserver process) to write to var/ and it subdirectories.

Here is an example for Debian/Ubuntu (to be executed inside the Kimai directory):

chown -R :www-data .
chmod -R g+r .
chmod -R g+rw var/
chmod -R g+rw public/avatars/

Test Kimai before executing these commands (they are likely not required in a shared-hosting environment). You probably need to prefix them with sudo and the group might be called different than www-data.


Updating the plugin works exactly like the installation:

  • Delete the directory var/plugins/EasyBackupBundle/
  • Execute all installation steps again:
    • Copy files
    • Clear cache

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