About Percona Xtrabackup

Percona XtraBackup is the world’s only open-source, free MySQL hot backup software that performs non-blocking backups for InnoDB and XtraDB databases. With Percona XtraBackup, you can achieve the following benefits:

  • Backups that complete quickly and reliably
  • Uninterrupted transaction processing during backups
  • Savings on disk space and network bandwidth
  • Automatic backup verification
  • Higher uptime due to faster restore time

XtraBackup makes MySQL hot backups for all versions of Percona Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and Drizzle. It performs streaming, compressed, and incremental MySQL backups.

Percona XtraBackup works with MySQL, MariaDB, Percona Server, and Drizzle databases (support for Drizzle is beta). It supports completely non-blocking backups of InnoDB, XtraDB, and HailDB storage engines. In addition, it can back up the following storage engines by briefly pausing writes at the end of the backup: MyISAM, Merge, and Archive, including partitioned tables, triggers, and database options.

Percona‘s enterprise-grade commercial MySQL Support contracts include support for XtraBackup. We recommend support for critical production deployments.

MySQL Backup Tool Feature Comparison

FeaturePercona XtraBackupMySQL Enterprise Backup
(InnoDB Hot Backup)
PriceFree$5000 per server
Open sourceYes
InnoDB backupsYesYes
MyISAM backups 1YesYes
Compressed backupsYesYes
Partial backupsYesYes
Throttling 2YesYes
Point-in-time recovery supportYesYes
Incremental backupsYesYes
Parallel backupsYes
Streaming backupsYes
OS buffer optimizations 3Yes
Export individual tablesYes
Restore tables to a different serverYes
Analyze data & index filesYes
Familiar command-line behavior 4Yes

The above comparison is based on XtraBackup version 1.4 and MySQL Enterprise Backup version 3.5 on December 7, 2010.

What are the features of Percona XtraBackup?

Here is a short list of XtraBackup features. See the documentation for more.

  • Ceate hot InnoDB backups without pausing your database
  • Make incremental backups of MySQL
  • Stream compressed MySQL backups to another server
  • Move tables between MySQL servers online
  • Create new MySQL replication slaves easily
  • Backup MySQL without adding load to the server


[1]MyISAM backups require a table lock.
[2]XtraBackup performs throttling based on the number of IO operations per second. MySQL Enterprise Backup supports a configurable sleep time between operations.
[3]XtraBackup tunes the operating system buffers to avoid swapping. See the documentation.
[4]XtraBackup is linked against the MySQL client libraries, so it behaves the same as standard MySQL command-line programs. MySQL Enterprise Backup has its own command-line and configuration-file behaviors.

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