December 5, 2018 · Kubernetes AWS Architecture

Kubernetes cronjob: Automated MySQL Database Backups

Update: This project has been renamed to kubernetes-s3-mysql-backup, which better describes its function. The remainder of the post remains accurate.


As mentioned in my last post about my Kubernetes Architecture. I recently started investigating how I could perform regular backups of the MySQL database that sits behind this blog.

The goal was to have an automated backup taken at least once every 24 hours, saved to a durable location external to my current hosting provider. I also wanted to keep these database backups for at least a year and wanted to be able to re-use the solution for other services that I run in my environment.

Enter aws-database-backup

To meet my requirements, I made aws-database-backup. This is a relatively simple Docker Container based on Alipine Linux. It is designed to be scheduled using Kubernetes Cronjobs. When executed, the container connects to a MySQL database specified by environment variables, performs a full dump of the database, and uploads it to S3.


Database Architecture Diagram

You can read some more about my setup in my post on my Kubernetes Architecture, but for now, aws-database-backup is available on GitHub and Docker Hub if you're looking for a simple way to backup your MySQL databases.

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