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Backup and Restore


If there is at least one controller with its state remaining in a cluster, it's possible to recover it by following the disaster recovery procedure. Restoring backups can be used when disaster recovery is not an option.

Backing up a Traefik Enterprise Cluster

Traefik Enterprise backups are copies of the current state of a cluster, which includes:

  • Deployed certificates
  • The ACME account being used to get Let's Encrypt certificates if enabled
  • The current deployed configuration
    • Configured entry-points
    • Enabled configuration providers

Those backups are saved as archives, which can be either tar or zip files.

Sensitive information

Backups can contain sensitive information, so they should be stored securely.

Backup frequently and automatically

We strongly recommend backing up Traefik Enterprise clusters automatically on a daily basis.

Backup storage is important

Make sure to use fault tolerant systems to store Traefik Enterprise backups, and to setup frequent automatic backups.

Creating a Backup

To perform a backup, use the teectl backup command that connects to the cluster, collects the backup archive securely and writes it on the local filesystem.

teectl backup
Running cluster backup...ok
✔ Successfully generated backup archive traefikee-backup.tar


Traefik Enterprise also supports creating zip archives for backup, with the --archivetype=zip option.

Restoring a Backup

teectl restore can restore a backup into a running cluster

teectl restore --backup=./your-backup.tar


To avoid downtime on a unavailable cluster, we recommend the following steps:

  • Do not stop a running cluster (if it still has running proxy nodes, it can serve traffic).
  • Install a new Traefik Enterprise cluster and restore a backup, side by side with the current.
  • Redirect traffic to the new installation when it is ready.
  • Tear down the old unavailable cluster.