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

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

Percona XtraBackup works with MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona Server. 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 Percona XtraBackup. We recommend support for critical production deployments.

MySQL Backup Tool Feature Comparison

Features Percona XtraBackup MySQL Enterprise Backup (InnoDB Hot Backup)
License GPL Proprietary
Price Free $5000 per server
Open source Yes  
Non-blocking [1] Yes Yes
InnoDB backups Yes Yes
MyISAM backups Yes Yes
Compressed backups Yes Yes
Partial backups Yes Yes
Throttling [2] Yes Yes
Point-in-time recovery support Yes Yes
Incremental backups Yes Yes
Parallel backups Yes  
Streaming backups Yes  
Parallel compression Yes  
LRU backups Yes  
OS buffer optimizations [3] Yes  
Export individual tables Yes  
Restore tables to a different server Yes  
Analyze data & index files Yes  
Familiar command-line behavior [4] Yes  

What are the features of Percona XtraBackup?

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

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


[1]MyISAM backups require a table lock.
[2]Percona XtraBackup performs throttling based on the number of IO operations per second. MySQL Enterprise Backup supports a configurable sleep time between operations.
[3]Percona XtraBackup tunes the operating system buffers to avoid swapping. See the documentation.
[4]Percona 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.