Cloud Backups

Cloud Backups Add-on for Local makes it easy to connect to your Cloud Provider (Google Drive or Dropbox) and quickly backup any Local site to the cloud.

Incremental backups are used, so only the exported database and any changed files are uploaded. This means your backups take less space on the provider (so you pay less!) and less time is wasted waiting for data to upload.


There are a few things you need in order to make use of cloud backups:

  1. Recent version of Local (at least v6.0.0).
  2. The Cloud Backups Add-on to manage backing up a site in Local.
  3. A Cloud provider (Google Drive or Dropbox) to store the backup data.
  4. Local Account to manage the connection between Local and your cloud provider.

Use Cloud Backups for Local

Start by installing the Cloud Backups Add-on within Local.

Once Local restarts, navigate to the “Cloud Backups” page of the “Tools” tab for any site you want to back up.

Any backup job can slow down a computer, especially when exporting a large database or uploading many files to the cloud. To make sure Local doesn’t overwhelm the computer, only one backup job can run at a time.

Using Cloud Backups is an easy and fast way to save and restore snapshots of a site as you’re working on it.

If for some reason you can’t use Local or the Cloud Backups add-on, your site data is still safe, and you can manually restore any backup by following the steps in this help doc.

Connect a site to a provider

If you haven’t set up any cloud providers within your Local Account, Local will direct you to make that connection. Click the “Connect Provider” button within Local to open your Local Account.

Screenshot of a site that doesn't have any backups and needs to be connected to a hosting provider.

Within your Local Account, click the “Connect” button for the provider you’d like to set up and follow the instructions to finish configuring the connection.

Screenshot of connecting to a cloud hosting provider within your Local Account.

On the “Cloud Backups” page in Local, click the “no provider” link next to the “Backup to…” text and select the provider you want to use.

Screenshot showing where in Local to go to click to connect to a hosting provider.

Back up a Site

Once connected to a cloud provider, everything is set to create and restore backups of the site! Click the “Back up site” button to create the first backup. As you continue development, take backups whenever you’d like a snapshot of what’s been done!

Because Cloud Backups uses incremental backups, only the data that’s changed will need to be uploaded, so future backups shouldn’t take as long to upload and you won’t need to pay for extra storage to save the same data over and over again!

Screenshot showing the modal window where you can fill in additional details about the backup to be created.
Screenshot showing a second backup created.

Restore a Site

You can restore any backup by clicking on the three dots and selecting “Restore site…”.

Restoring a backup will overwrite the current site and will continue to be connected to the backups on your cloud provider.

Screenshot showing the menu for restoring a backup.

Use Cloud Backups with Multiple Machines

Backups created with the Cloud Backups add-on can be restored on other machines too. This means that syncing work between two computers is fast and easy!

There are a few things you need to do to get started with this workflow. On both computers:

  1. Install the latest version of Local.
  2. Install and activate the Cloud Backups Add-on from the “Add-ons” tab in Local.
  3. Ensure that you’re logged into your Local Account by clicking the user avatar in the upper-left corner of the Local App.

With those things in place, create a backup on the source machine using the instructions from earlier in this help doc. Once the backup is complete, move to your second machine and create a new site.

The first screen of the “Create Site” flow will include an option to create a site from a backup. Select the “Create a site from Cloud Backups Add-on” option and complete the next steps to finish restoring the site on the target machine!

Selecting the Create a site from Cloud Backups Add-on during new site creation.
Selecting a remote backup repo, along with naming the site in Local.
Choosing a specific snapshot to restore.