Dockerized PostgreSQL Backup and Recovery Strategies

Pankaj kushwaha
2 min readMar 22, 2023

Dockerized PostgreSQL backup and recovery strategies are essential to ensure the safety and integrity of your data. There are several approaches to backup and recovery when using a Dockerized PostgreSQL database, including file-based backups, continuous archiving, and point-in-time recovery (PITR).

Here is an overview of some effective backup and recovery strategies:

  1. File-based backups (SQL dump and file system-level backup): a. SQL dump: Use the pg_dump or pg_dumpall command to create a plain-text or custom-format dump of your PostgreSQL database. You can then restore the database using pg_restore or psql commands. b. File system-level backup: Use file system-level tools like tar or rsync to create a backup of the PostgreSQL data directory. Make sure to stop the database server or put it into backup mode before performing the backup.
  2. Continuous Archiving and Point-in-Time Recovery (PITR): a. Configure PostgreSQL to generate Write Ahead Log (WAL) files. b. Use the archive_command configuration parameter to archive the WAL files to a safe location. c. To recover, restore the base backup and apply the archived WAL files up to the desired recovery point.
  3. Logical replication: a. Set up logical replication between the primary and one or more replica databases. b. This allows for real-time data replication and provides an additional layer of data protection.

To implement these strategies in a Dockerized PostgreSQL environment, follow these steps:

  1. Create a Docker container for your PostgreSQL database using an official PostgreSQL image.
  2. Map the PostgreSQL data directory from the container to a local directory on the host. This allows you to access and manage the data files outside of the container.
  3. For file-based backups, create a script that runs pg_dump or pg_dumpall and stores the backup files on the host machine or a remote location.
  4. For PITR, configure the archive_command to archive the WAL files to a safe location on the host or a remote storage.
  5. Schedule the backup scripts to run periodically using a tool like cron.
  6. To restore from a backup, create a new PostgreSQL Docker container and restore the data using the appropriate backup files and commands.
  7. Test your backup and recovery process regularly to ensure its reliability.

Remember that it is essential to have a well-planned and tested backup and recovery strategy in place to protect your data from loss and ensure business continuity.

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Pankaj kushwaha

Database/System Administrator | DevOPS | Cloud Specialist | DevOPS