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Percona XtraBackup

Uninterrupted backups : Percona XtraBackup.

Percona XtraBackup is an open source, free MySQL® hot backup software that performs non-blocking backups for InnoDB and XtraDB databases. It has been downloaded over 800,000 times since its release. 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 backups to your MySQL backup database.

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

Feature Percona XtraBackup MySQL Enterprise Backup
(InnoDB Hot Backup)
License GPL Proprietary
Price Free Included in subscription at $5000 per Server
Open source Yes  
Streaming and encryption formats Open source Proprietary
Supported MySQL flavors Percona Server, MySQL, MariaDB MySQL
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 Yes  
Backup locks 8 Yes  
Encrypted backups Yes Yes3
Streaming backups Yes Yes
Parallel local backups Yes Yes
Parallel streaming backups Yes  
Parallel compression Yes Yes
Parallel encryption Yes Yes
Parallel apply-log Yes  
Parallel copy-back   Yes
Partial backups Yes Yes
Throttling 4 Yes Yes
Point-in-time recovery support Yes Yes
Safe slave backups Yes  
Compact backups 5 Yes Yes
Buffer pool state backups Yes  
Individual tables export Yes Yes6
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
Tape backups with Oracle Secure Backup   Yes

  • [1] InnoDB tables are still locked while copying non-InnoDB data.
  • [2] Fast incremental backups are supported for Percona Server 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.
  • [7] Tables exported with Percona XtraBackup can be imported into Percona Server 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 5.6+, MySQL 5.6+ or MariaDB 10.0+.
  • [8] Backup locks is a lightweight alternative to FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK available in Percona Server 5.6+. Percona XtraBackup uses them automatically to copy non-InnoDB data to avoid blocking DML queries that modify InnoDB tables.


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