Backing Up Moodle 1.9 Course Data Moodle 1.9


The Moodle backup utility allows you to create a compressed backup file of the contents of your Moodle course. The backup file can then be saved on the desktop or a flash drive. This file can be used to restore course material to the Moodle server when needed.  The following handout describes how to backup data from a course taught in Moodle 1.9.

This guide will help you to understand:

Backing Up Course Data from Moodle 1.9

  1. Login to Moodle ISU 2.
  2. From the homepage, Locate the Moodle ISU block.
  3. Click on the Moodle ISU (v1.9) link.

  1. Log in using your current Moodle username and password.


  1. Navigate to the course you wish to be backed up.
  2. You will need to check if you have old backup files and delete them:
  1. To check for old backup files, in the Administration block Click on Files.

  1. Click on the folder called backupdata. (If you do not have a backup folder skip to step #7.)

  1. Check the box next to any files named similar to “backup-course101-….." (If there are no files in the backup folder skip to step #7.)

  1. Click on the With chosen files… dropdown menu and Select Delete Completely.

  1. Next, you will create the backup file for the course. From the course homepage, Locate the Administration block and Click Backup.

  1. Next, you will see a page where all of your course materials are displayed.  Scroll to the bottom of the screen and Select the following:
  1. Course files – Yes
  2. Site files used in this course – No
  1. After you have selected the desired information you wish to backup, Click Continue.
  2. A confirmation page will appear with the filename listed at the top (this name can be modified). At the bottom of the page, Click Continue. The backup will now begin (this may take a few minutes depending on the amount of course content you have).

  1. Once completed, Click Continue. This takes you to the files screen where your backup is located.  

  1. To save the file to your computer, Click on the .zip filename, Select Save File, then Click Ok.
  2. Browse to where you will save the backup on your computer and Click Save.

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