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

See the compatibility matrix in Percona Software and Platform Lifecycle to find out which versions of MySQL, MariaDB, and Percona Server for MySQL are supported by Percona XtraBackup.

Non-blocking backups of InnoDB, XtraDB, and HailDB storage engines are supported. In addition, Percona XtraBackup 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 XtraBackup 2.4 does not support the MyRocks or TokuDB storage engines.

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
License GPL Proprietary
Price Free Included in subscription at $5000 per Server
Streaming and encryption formats Open source Proprietary
Supported MySQL flavors MySQL, Percona Server for MySQL, MariaDB, Percona XtraDB Cluster [9], MariaDB Galera Cluster MySQL
Supported operating systems Linux Linux, Solaris, Windows, OSX, FreeBSD.
Non-blocking InnoDB backups [1] Yes Yes
Blocking MyISAM backups Yes Yes
Incremental backups Yes Yes
Full compressed backups Yes Yes
Incremental compressed backups Yes  
Fast incremental backups [2] Yes  
Incremental backups with archived logs feature in Percona Server Yes  
Incremental backups with REDO log only   Yes
Backup locks [8] Yes  
Encrypted backups Yes Yes [3]
Streaming backups Yes Yes
Parallel local backups Yes Yes
Parallel compression Yes Yes
Parallel encryption Yes Yes
Parallel apply-log Yes  
Parallel copy-back   Yes
Partial backups Yes Yes
Partial backups of individual partitions Yes  
Throttling [4] Yes Yes
Backup image validation   Yes
Point-in-time recovery support Yes Yes
Safe slave backups Yes  
Compact backups [5] Yes  
Buffer pool state backups Yes  
Individual tables export Yes Yes [6]
Individual partitions export Yes  
Restoring tables to a different server [7] Yes Yes
Data & index file statistics Yes  
InnoDB secondary indexes defragmentation Yes  
rsync support to minimize lock time Yes  
Improved FTWRL handling Yes  
Backup history table Yes Yes
Backup progress table   Yes
Offline backups   Yes
Backup to tape media managers   Yes
Cloud backups support   Amazon S3
External graphical user interfaces to backup/recovery Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL MySQL Workbench, MySQL Enterprise Monitor

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]InnoDB tables are still locked while copying non-InnoDB data.
[2]Fast incremental backups are supported for Percona Server for MySQL with XtraDB changed page tracking enabled.
[3]Percona XtraBackup supports encryption with any kinds of backups. MySQL Enterprise Backup only supports encryption for single-file backups.
[4]Percona XtraBackup performs throttling based on the number of IO operations per second. MySQL Enterprise Backup supports a configurable sleep time between operations.
[5]Percona XtraBackup skips secondary index pages and recreates them when a compact backup is prepared. MySQL Enterprise Backup skips unused pages and reinserts on the prepare stage.
[6]Percona XtraBackup can export individual tables even from a full backup, regardless of the InnoDB version. MySQL Enterprise Backup uses InnoDB 5.6 transportable tablespaces only when performing a partial backup.

Tables exported with Percona XtraBackup can be imported into Percona Server for MySQL 5.1, 5.5 or 5.6+, or MySQL 5.6+. Transportable tablespaces created with MySQL Enterprise Backup can only be imported to Percona Server for MySQL 5.6+, MySQL 5.6+ or MariaDB 10.0+.


Percona XtraBackup is not compatible with MariaDB 10.3 and later.

[8]Backup locks is a lightweight alternative to FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK available in Percona Server for MySQL 5.6+. Percona XtraBackup uses them automatically to copy non-InnoDB data to avoid blocking DML queries that modify InnoDB tables.
[9]Percona XtraBackup 2.4 only supports Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.7.

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