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The program's Backup function enables you to create a database backup. In order to create a backup, users do not have to interrupt their work, you can do so at any time. The Firebird database backup files have a .fbk extension.

1. Backup launched from server.

1.1. Enter the filename.

1.2. Mark the available options (optional):

    • Show backup log - shows the backup process in details
    • Use GBAK - uses gbak.exe (from the Firebird package). If the option is marked, the backup can be recorded on the current computer regardless of whether the database is remote (on another server) or not.

1.3. Click theBackup button and wait for the process to be completed.

2. Backup launched from client instance and backup remaining on server.

2.1. Enter the full path to the file backup (you cannot use the selection button). The folder where you have set the backup to be created must be existent and available for database backup process.

Example: C:\AuditDesktop\Backup\backup_before_update.fbk

2.2. If you wish, mark the Show backup log option.

2.3. Make sure that the Use GBAK option is not marked.

2.4. Click the Backup button and wait for the process to be completed.

3. Backup launched from client instance and downloading backup on it.

This backup creation method takes considerably more time. A faster method is to create backup on the server and copy the file from there to the client instance via the network or by some other means.

3.1. Enter filename (you can use the selection button).

3.2. If you wish, mark the Show backup log option.

3.3. Make sure that the Use GBAK option is marked.

3.4. Click the Backup button and wait for the process to be completed.


The extended options are hidden by default. They are used only when there are problems with the database or in other special cases. 

    • Non transportable - the default dump file format is transportable. Transportable backup files are written in a format known as external data representation (XDR) format and it is this format which allows a dump taken on a server of one type to be successfully restored on a server of another type
    • Metadata only - only backs up metadata (schema). No table data will be stored.
    • No garbage collection - prevents Firebird's garbage collection from taking place while backup is running. Normally backup program connects to the database as any other connection would and garbage collection runs normally. Using this option prevents garbage collection from running during the course of the backup. This can help speed up the backup.
    • Ignore checksums - backup program will ignore bad checksums in the database. This can be used to try to backup a database that failed due to checksum errors. There is no guarantee that the data will be usable though, so it is best to take other precautions to preserve your data.
    • Convert external tables - any tables, defined as external, will be backed up as if they were normal (non-external) tables. When this dump file is used to restore a database, the tables that were external in the original database will no longer be external.
    • Ignore Limbo - If you have a two-phase transaction (across two different databases) that failed because a server died before the commit, but after the changes were made, you have a limbo transaction. This option forces the backup to ignore data from such broken transactions. It should not be used for normal backups and only used to try to recover from a failure.