Restoring xbstream Backup Created by Percona Xtrabackup


Backing up

Once Percona Xtrabackup is installed, you can create a full backup with parallel compression as below:

$ innobackupex --stream=xbstream --parallel=4 --compress --compress-threads=2 /var/lib/mysql > /root/backup/backup.xbstream

Once completed, you should see a backup file has been created with .xbstream extension:

du -sh /root/backup/backup.xbstream
106M backup.xbstream



1. Extract the file using xbstream -x command as below:

$ xbstream -x < /root/backup/backup.xbstream

2. If you look into the current folder recursively, you should see there are a lot of files ended with .qp extension. We need to extract these files using qpress which is available in Percona repository. Install qpress as below:


$ yum install
$ yum install qpress


apt-key adv --keyserver --recv-keys 1C4CBDCDCD2EFD2A
echo 'deb VERSION main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
echo 'deb-src VERSION main' >> /etc/apt/sources.list
$ apt-get update
$ apt-get install qpress

* Replace VERSION with your Debian/Ubuntu release name

3. Extract each file ended with .qp and in their respective directory, then remove .qp file once its extracted:

$ for i in $(find -name "*.qp"); do qpress -vd $i $(dirname ${i}) && rm -f $i; done

4. You can now use the –apply-log command to prepare the MySQL data:

$ innobackupex --apply-log ./

5. Stop MySQL server:

$ service mysql stop

5. Move or remove the current data directory and use –copy-back command to let xtrabackup copy the prepared data to MySQL data directory:

$ rm -Rf /var/lib/mysql/*
$ innobackupex --copy-back ./

6. Assign correct ownership to MySQL data directory:

$ chown -Rf mysql.mysql /var/lib/mysql

7. Start the MySQL server:

$ service mysql start


Restoration completed!