How to backup Postgres to Filebase

SimpleBackups founder

Laurent Lemaire

Co-founder, SimpleBackups

June 26, 2020

PostgreSQL database backup stored in your Filebase Bucket.

Let's see how we can easily schedule PostgreSQL backups and store them on Filebase.

Filebase is a S3-compatible solution powered by Blockchain technology, offering storage at a very affordable price.
It leverages multiple decentralized cloud storage networks, consisting of thousands of servers all around the world.
With 5GB of free storage, no fees for ingress or API calls, it's a perfect pick for your backup storage.


  • Create a SimpleBackups account
  • Make sure you have your server connected to your account (the one on which your PostgreSQL database is hosted)
  • Have a Filebase account (we'll cover how to get your bucket created below)

1. Create your Filebase Bucket

Information you'll need in step 3:

  • Your "Bucket" name, in this case "myacme-bucket"
  • Your "Bucket" Region, in this case "us-east-1"

2. Retrieve your Bucket credentials

Now that your bucket is created, we'll need to get the credentials required to access it.

Like everything with Filebase (and we like this!) it's super easy.

Filebase bucket credentials

Information you'll need in step 3:

  • Access Key
  • Secret

3. Connect your Space to SimpleBackups

  • Log into SimpleBackups and head to the connect your storage page
  • In the storage provider list select "Filebase", and fill in the form with the information from step 1 and step 2

Connect Filebase bucket to SimpleBackups

You'll have to input :

  • Key: Access Key described in (step 2)
  • Secret: Secret described in (step 2)
  • Region: Region described in (step 1)
  • Bucket: Bucket name described in (step 1)
  • Give your storage a name (the bucket name is usually a good pick, but you can be creative) and click on "Save new storage".

And your storage is now connected!

Storage list with newly created Filebase storage

4. Final step: Create your PostgreSQL backup

Last step is obviously to schedule your backup.

From this screen you'll be able to configure what data you're backing up (PostgreSQL in this case), where you want it to be saved (in this case your Filebase Bucket), and how often you want this to be done.

FYI this section will be the same, no matter what storage you pick.
And that's the beauty of it, if you want to change storage, just select another one from the list (Backblaze, AWS, or whatever you might prefer) and you'll be good to go.

Configuration form, for a PostgreSQL database backup connected to your Filebase storage

What would you like to back up? (A)

  • Select "Database" (in this article we're creating a PostgreSQL backup only)
  • Select the server on which your database is hosted

How often should we make this backup? (B)

  • Select your schedule option (here we picked a daily schedule)

    You can select a pre-defined schedule (daily, weekly, monthly) or a custom option allowing you to schedule it whenever you want to use CRON syntax.

  • Example of CRON schedule for "20:00 every Tuesday" = 0 22 * * 2

    Finally, the "On demand" option won't schedule anything but will allow you to trigger the backup manually or using our API.

  • Define the backup retention, which is the number of backups you want to keep (kind of the history length of your backup if you prefer)

Choose the database you need to backup (C)

  • Select the type of your database, in this case "PostgreSQL"
  • Fill in the database connection form

Finalize and create (D)

  • Pick the name of your backup (this is how it will be displayed in SimpleBackups interface) and where you want to store it.
  • Select your Storage (step 3)

That's it, your PostgreSQL backup is now ready and connected to your Filebase Bucket.

Setting up backups with SimpleBackups and storing them on Filebase is pretty easy.

Run it once manually (using the "Run" backup button from the backups list), and you'll trigger your first backup!

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