Installing Percona Backup for MongoDB

Percona provides and supports installation packages for Percona Backup for MongoDB in the deb and rpm formats that you can install by using apt or yum or other interfaces to your package management system.

The Percona Software and Platform Lifecycle page lists Linux distributions for which Percona Backup for MongoDB installation packages are available.

For your convenience, we recommend that you install the percona-release utility which makes it easy to install any Percona product on your system.

You may also build and install Percona Backup for MongoDB from source code in case you require a fully controlled installation method.

Regardless of the installation method you choose, the following tools are at your disposal after the installation completes:

Tool Purpose
pbm Command-line interface for controlling the backup system
pbm-agent An agent for running backup/restore actions on a database host

You should install pbm-agent on every server that has mongod nodes in the MongoDB cluster (or non-sharded replica set). The pbm CLI can be installed on any or all servers or desktop computers you wish to use it from, so long as those computers aren’t network-blocked from accessing the MongoDB cluster.

See also

More information about percona-release


It is recommended to install Percona Backup for MongoDB from official Percona repositories by using the percona-release utility. Starting from v1.3.0, Percona Backup for MongoDB packages are stored in the pbm repository.

$ sudo percona-release enable pbm release

Percona Backup for MongoDB is available for installation from your package management system when you enable the pbm repository.

See also

Configuring Percona repositories

Installing Percona Backup for MongoDB Using apt

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install percona-backup-mongodb

Installing Percona Backup for MongoDB Using yum

$ sudo yum update
$ sudo yum install percona-backup-mongodb

Building from source code

Building the project requires:

  • Go 1.11 or above
  • make

See also

Installing and setting up Go tools

To build the project (from the project dir):

$ go get -d
$ cd "$(go env GOPATH)/src/"
$ make

After make completes, you can find pbm and pbm-agent binaries in the ./bin directory:

$ cd bin
$ pbm version

By running pbm version, you can verify if Percona Backup for MongoDB has been built correctly and is ready for use.


Version:   [pbm version number]
Platform:  linux/amd64
GitCommit: [commit hash]
GitBranch: master
BuildTime: [time when this version was produced in UTC format]
GoVersion: [Go version number]

Percona Backup for MongoDB services and location of configuration files

After Percona Backup for MongoDB is successfully installed on your system, you have pbm and pbm-agent programs on your system.

Configuring service init scripts

To start a pbm-agent, set the MongoDB connection URI string for the PBM user to the local mongod node in the environment file that is included in the pbm-agent.service systemd unit file.

With the current systemd unit file (see below), this means setting the “PBM_MONGODB_URI” environment variable in /etc/default/pbm-agent (for Debian and Ubuntu) or /etc/sysconfig/pbm-agent (for Red Hat or CentOS).


In Ubuntu and Debian, the path to the pbm-agent.service file is /lib/systemd/system/pbm-agent.service.

In Red Hat and CentOS, this file is found at the path /usr/lib/systemd/system/pbm-agent.service.




To set the “PBM_MONGODB_URI” environment variable:

  1. Create the “pbm user” in the admin database. See Create the PBM user.

  2. Edit the environment file:


See also

More information about standard MongoDB connection strings

The Running Percona Backup for MongoDB section, explains in detail how to start pbm-agent and provides examples how to use pbm commands.

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