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Manual Backup

We always recommend taking backups before performing any potentially destructive work on your server, and sometimes making use of tools like DriveBackupV2 or a Backup Script is either unwieldy or impossible, but you can still make a manual backup using the archive function in the File Manager. We’ll be going over how to do exactly that here.

The File Manager can be found under the Management tab as seen in the image to the right. Once there you'll be taken to your server root and should see the all of the files currently located on your server.

The File Manager tab in the GCP navbar, located under the Management dropdown tabLoading...

The File Manager displays the current file content of your server and allows you to navigate through the directories it contains. You can enter a Directory by clicking on it's name in the File Table located in the center of your screen. When you enter a Directory it will be added to the File Path at the top of the page as seen in the image to the right.

The File Manager breadcrumbs, located at the top of the File Manager interface with each recently navigated folder delinated by a / charecter and displayed in orderLoading...

If you need to navigate back to the Directory above your current one, for example in the image to the right, the plugins Directory, you can select the ← <DIRECTORY>/ button at the top of the File Table.

The parent folder of the currently displayed folder, displayed at the top of the file list in the File Manager and prefixed with an arrowLoading...

If you need to navigate back to the Server Root at any time then you can select the button at the far top of the File Table. Your Server Root will always be /home/container so you can double check your location using the file path at the top of the screen.

Creating an Archive

Compressing a folder allows the folder to act as a single file and decreases it's size at the same time, while compressing an individual file will only decrease it size. In both cases, programs such as game servers, plugins, mods, or software won't be able to interact with the files or folders as they normally would, so being able to compress items is primarily useful to you as a user rather than the server.


You can use the web file manager to compress files/folders individually or in bulk.

Compressing a single file or folder

  1. Locate the file or folder you want to compress
  2. Click on the ellipsis menu on the right side of the item
  3. Click the compress option

An item in the file manager with the context menu open and the an arrow pointing to the 2rd item in the list, the compress buttonLoading...

Compressing multiple files or folders

You can compress multiple files/folders into one archive by following the steps below

  1. Locate the files/folders you want to compress.
  2. Select each file/folder using the check boxes on the left side of the items.
  3. Click the Orange Compress that appeared at the bottom of the webpage.

Multiple items in the File Manager selected with the tick boxes on the far left side of each item and arrows pointing to the Compress button on the bottom center of the pageLoading...

Backing up your File

As a final step you’ll want to backup your archive in a safe location. This can be one of a few different ways depending on why you’re creating the backup, but it’s important to consider them.

Most of the time you’ll want to download the backup to your computer Using SFTP and store it somewhere safe there when doing anything destructing with your server. Once you have it downloaded you can upload it to other backup services if you need to keep it more long term.

Alternatively you can move the archive to a separate folder on your server using the move option when selecting a file, but if you accidentally delete the file or folder then you’ll loose the backup and everything in it.

If it is a very temporary backup, you can leave the archive in the place that it was created and when/if you need to restore to it then it will be as simple as decompressing it in place.

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